Graffiti Drawings: Handstyles & Sketches


1. Handstyles

Handstyles are artistically done graffiti tags. I usually start to create my graffiti sketches by drawing the word I want to write as a handstyle. This gives me hints for connecting the letters and the general composition of the graffiti piece. Thus, I still got enough of steps to rearrange the letters.

TADA Graffiti Tag by Graffiti Empire
“Tada” handstyle drawing
Pain - handstyle
“Pain” handstyle drawing
Oida Handstyle Graffiti Tag
“Oida” handstyle drawing
“Leni” handstyle drawing

Another great resource for handstyles is Check it out for additionally ideas.

2. Graffiti Sketches

Graffiti Sketching is the way to learn to create awesome graffiti, to improve in skill and to develop your own artistic style. You will have to learn how to draw different graffiti styles, proper composition, three-dimensional blocks and how to combine colors. After mastering graffiti sketching you can move on to artistic spraying and street art.

In this part of the article I will show my graffiti drawings, the graffiti drawing process and the materials I use.

Tada Throwup graffiti sketch with monster character
“Tada” Throw-up graffiti sketch with little monster character

2.1 Graffiti drawing process

Follow the steps shown in the slides to draw the graffiti shown above.

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basic letters
Step 1: draw basic letters with a pencil
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basic letters with blocks
Step 2: add blocks to the lines of the letter. The same as it is done with graffiti bubble letters. Throwup-graffiti have sharp edges though.
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Tada throwup scribble
Step 3: Add drips and splashes
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little monster graffiti character scribble
Step 4: Add a character from a comic, a monster or a manga
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Throwup scribble
Step 5: Remove unnecessary lines and trace the outlines with a thin black marker
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Add shadows to the scribble
Step 6: Add shadows to the scribble
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Add the coloring to the throwup sketch
Step 7: Add the coloring: Use a gradient for the fill-in. It does not have to be fading.
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Finished throwup graffiti sketch
Step 8: Add the background (drips, bubbles, splashes), highlights, year of creation & your tag. The highlights are added with a white acylic marker on top of the coloring. Alocohol-based markers are used for the background.

2.2 Graffiti tutorials

We offer those step-by-step graffiti tutorials, like shown above, for all letters from A-Z and for some graffiti words in our Graffiti Empire App

2.3 Graffiti Drawings

Sima graffiti sketch with hedgehog character
Semi-wildstyle “Sima” graffiti sketch with hedgehog character
Leni Graffiti Sketch coloring
Semi-wildstyle “Leni” graffiti sketch
wildstyle ether graffiti sketch
Wildstyle “Ether” graffiti sketch
Green grim graffiti sketch
Wildstyle “Grim” graffiti sketch
Wildstyle Graffiti Sketch Easy
Wildstyle “Easy” graffiti drawing

3. Wrapping it up

That’s all for this time.

I hope this articles helped you in your creative journey!

Is there something I forgot to mention? Or is there something you did not quite understand?

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