About “Graffiti Empire”

The beginnings

I am actually a web developer, but I love arts – especially graffiti and streetart. I had the aim to create my own graffiti on canvas to put it my living room – you can see the result below – so I started to sketch graffiti. At the same time I wanted to create a new web project besides my work to learn on it – “Graffiti Empire” was born.

Tada graffiti on canvas
“Tada” Graffiti on canvas

Graffiti letters database

Automating repetitive tasks is a big part of my job. After drawing my first graffiti tags, handstyles and graffiti sketches, I soon realized that I forget how I designed letters before. It is not that easy to “scan” previously created sketches to find different designs of the currently needed letter. Additionally I searched for inspiration online and was not quite happy with the search results. Thus, I started to create my own database of graffiti letters and decided to provide it to a public audience.

Graffiti Letters Teaser
Graffiti Letters

Manifesto

Sprayed graffiti will always be a source of inspiration for me. So I take pictures of streetart and well painted graffiti I like. However, creating graffiti is not necessarily connected to spraying only in my opinion. With “Graffiti Empire” I want to develop graffiti as a form of art with focusing on sketches and paintings on canvas. The collection of graffiti letters improves and speeds up my design process. I want to share it, to help you designing your art. Furthermore, by showing my own creation process of graffiti sketches I want to help you to create your own graffiti style and may give you new insights on how to draw them. At the same time it is a documentation of my evolution in drawing.

Currently used equipment

  • Stylefile brush markers for fill-ins
  • Posca markers for highlights and outlines
  • Stylefile markers for handstyles
  • standard paper for printers
  • Molotov cans for artworks on canvas – especially the backgrounds
  • acrylic markers for outlines on canvas
Graffiti school: A Student Guide with Teacher's Manual book cover

 

I strongly recommend to buy the book “Graffiti school: A Student Guide with Teacher’s Manual” from Chris Ganter. It gave me a lot of good hints and helped me a lot to improve my sketches with drawing exercises and theory.

If you have questions, feedback or want a cooperation or link-exchange, drop me a message (hello@graffiti-empire.com)!

Tada (formerly Nebula) Tada Handstyle

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