Letter Studies:Graffiti Style Letters. N

On November 4, 2012, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

Well, now we are over the hump!  I present to you letter study number 14, otherwise known as the graffiti styled letter “N”! Every single contestant on wheel of fortune can tell you how important this letter is.  It is used in so very many words in so very many languages that it is a must learn for anyone who intends to do letters as their vocation! You may find yourself at a loss while seeking to do variations of this one, but once you get the structure down it’s pretty simple.  I think the thing that tends to throw everyone is the diagonal line that holds the two prominent pieces together.  I can’t promise you that it’s an easy letter to learn, but it is a MUST. I can’t stress that enough.  My advice as always is to start out simple and basic then practice it until your hands are sore.  After that, take a rest and then practice it some more!  I’ve put together just a few examples for you to learn from.  They are hardly a representation of all that can be done with this letter, but a good starting point.

Don’t forget to share this page on facebook and twitter and get all your friends in on how to learn this stuff.  You’d be amazed how much creativity can be enhanced in a group setting!

Hello again! Yes, I know it’s been awhile but with this letter there are so many interesting way of doing it I went through 15 different sheets before I decided on the one I wanted to post! Introducing the letter M in graffiti style!  Yet another one of those sickeningly important letters to learn because it is part of so many words!  The variations that can be achieved with this semi-complex structured letter are endless because there is so much to work with so practice and experimentation are essential to make this one of your own. Keep in mind that simplicity is always key when starting a new letter and that this one can easily go from the coolest letter you’ve ever expressed to a menacing blob of ugly in a few strokes of the pencil.  It’s very easy to overwork but looks golden when done with the expertize of someone who’s put in the practice to get it right.

I do each of these studies using 4 simple tools that almost anyone has access to.  It’s as simple as 1 sheet of paper, a pencil, an eraser and a black flair pen(rollerballs and microns work wonders as well, but I prefer flair).  No special tools, no special paper. Just the simplest, most common devices mixed with a little time and effort will get you astonishing results.  I remind you of this in order to encourage and to let you know that ANYONE can do this with focus and effort.  It won’t happen right away.  It’s hardly the ONLY example you should be taking.  But it’s attainable.  Almost all wildstyles are a simple progression from these simplest styles of lettering but without the fundamentals it’s easy to get “lost at sea” and end up producing something you won’t be proud of later.  I strongly encourage anyone that is following this page or learning to draw anything at all to keep your work from now and never throw it away.  Put it aside somewhere so that you can dig it up later and see the progress you are making.  I still keep my blackbooks from the 80’s and can tell you that every time I open them up I find something I did in the past that will inspire something new to do in the present.
Sorry again for the delay between posts, the next one will come much sooner!

 

Letter Studies 12. Graffiti Styled Letter L

On March 5, 2012, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

Hello again!

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.

The Letter K in Graffiti Style

On January 10, 2012, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

Wow. I really need to update this site more often…

But then,  I guess my lack of attention can only be a statement to my being busy doing other wonderful things HAHAHA. Regardless, here we have a letter study of the letter K. Not a bad letter to play with. Very static in it’s construct which ,makes it very hard to manipulate while still maintaining its true character.  As with most of the letters though, simplicity is key!  Learn fast how to do this letter in its most primitive form and it becomes very easy to manipulate into something more unique to your own style and liking.  I think you’ll have a lot of fun with this one.  I know I did!

 

On a side note, and hopefully you won’t take this the wrong way because my motivation in creating this site is hardly in search of riches, but a whole lot of work goes into doing these drawing by hand and maintaining the site to keep posting them.  The few of you that may know me also know that I maintain a family of other sites related to the display and passing on the tradition of this craft.  The majority of the expense in keeping this going has come from my own pocket in a period in history when times are pretty tight.  I’ve been forced financially to have abandoned a few of the sites and and may be in jeopardy of abandoning more(to include this one) due to financial and time restraints.  I am grateful beyond measure for the people that have taken to visiting the site regularly and hope that many of  you find it a resource that helps you grow in the vocation that has brought me so much happiness over the years.  My only request of you in return is that if you have a few bucks to spare, click on the paypal button on the righthand side of the page and throw a bone my way.  Any money received will only be used to maintain the sites and to bring you more fine artwork to look at and hopefully draw inspiration from.  If you don’t have anything to spare, then do the graffiti world a favour and stick to your practicing. Learn as much as you can and do your best to master this fine artform and the gratification that comes with your success.  Pass it on and forward what is offered to you for free.  It is not often that we are given anything in this life and these sites and this information is my gift to both you as a people and graffiti art as a whole and again, I appreciate the following this page in particular has gathered. It is an honour to have your attention.

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