Hello again fellow travellers! Today we have for you the 19th and VERY much awaited installment in our letter studies, the ever popular letter S in graffiti style! I don’t think I have had as many requests for a single letter so far as this one. The funny thing is, it’s probably one of the easiest letters to make! Very simple shapes, very simple structure, the letter S is another of those many favorites that a graffiti writer just LOVES to spend time on. Don’t believe me? Just take notice of how many writers’ tags start with this fine letter! Not much else to say about this one really. The freeform structure and effortless flow of this letter allow it to stand alone from all the rest. So much fun to be had with this one so, like every other letter I’ve shown you so far, practice it like mad until you get something that you can call your own. It is so easy to manipulate this letter while still retaining it’s value and identity that almost anything goes…… almost.
Sorry for the delay, been out and about being an artist! HAHAHHA. Anyway, here we have the eighteenth installment in our graffiti letter studies, the amazing letter R! This is another of my all time favorite letters because it’s so fun to mess with. Very simple when done simply but can be really turned out when tweaked and twisted. It seems to me like most writers I know really get into drawing this letter for the same reasons I do. The most commonly used letters in the alphabet often become signature letters of the artist creating them and this one is no different. Work with it and its unique structure until you have something that is identifiable as your own and no one elses’. Everything else tends to fall into place style-wise once you master these common letters. As with everything, practice is key so keep it simple and keep on practicing!
Bet ya weren’t expecting this one so quick! Oh yes, it’s another one of those perceptively tough letters that really aren’t as tough as they seem once broken down. Letter Q is simply an O with a line sticking out. How hard is that? That little line affords us so very many possibilities and variations that this letter is plenty of fun to work with and can become a big challenge when trying to arrange new styles! It can be made to fit into everything and really can be a game changer for the aspiring graffiti artist. Practice this one, practice it frequently and obsessively. Have lots of fun experimenting but make yourself work for a unique result. Keep in mind that you are pursuing a great tradition in not only graffiti as an art form, but in what is really the LAST vocation that revolves SOLELY around handwritten typography. Even sign painters are using computers these days! Our reputation is in the skills that allow our hands to express our minds to an audience that likely didn’t ask for what we have to share with them but as a majority are finally coming to the point that they recognize it as art. This is where it all begins so practice this, learn how the letters work both alone and together. We are almost at the end of our alphabet and will soon be ready to advance to the next phase of our learning. Enjoy!
Dropping a new letter on you and a pretty interesting one it is! Lots to do with the letter L in graffiti writing. Its an extremely simple letter but can be represented in numerous variations! Another of the letters I like to refer to as “Style Defining”, this letter is one that becomes tied to an artist because it is pretty difficult to master. It seems like all of the simplest letters are that way. I present to you a few different ways to demonstrate this letter and its myriad capabilities. Don’t bite them line for line, but look back through all of the letter studies so far and try to marry together some of the more common elements. It’s always best to start really simple at first because if you don’t learn the actual structure of the letter, any embellishments you add will just make it obvious that you’re fakin’ moves. I do all of these in the simplest form possible so that you might gather a sense of letter structure as opposed to just twisting letters in all kind of disjointed shapes and coming up something more akin to a mess of spaghetti than actual words. You’re friends might think you’re the baddest graffiti artist in the world, but anyone in the know will likely laugh your happy ass right out of the room. So take your time, use your eraser and beat up these letters until you get them right. You’ll thank yourself for the time you spent learning.
If you haven’t noticed the two new buttons on top of the page, I finally got around to adding the forum and gallery to the site! Don’t expect tooooo much as I’ve only worked on it for one day so far. I’ve been lucky/unlucky enough to have fallen on the ice and hurt myself so after a day bouncing around the medical community trying to get myself assessed, I ended up taking the day off of work today(if you know me, you are aware of the rare occasion that is lol). Anyway, I am hoping these two new additions will get some dialog started and hopefully give us all a chance to share ideas and learn a few things from each other! A new letter study will be on it’s way soon. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in projects lately.