Okay troops.  At long last I will deliver as promised 🙂  So now we have before us the 25 letter study of our alphabet, the letter Y in all it’s nasty graffiti glory.  I’ll be honest, it took me awhile to get back in the swing of things and put this one together but I went ahead and finished the series directly after so I’d say the regular postings should start happening again and a new path ahead is being forged for 2020!  Y can be a very challenging letter in that it’s really easy to slip up and make it look like a lowercase G.  With imagination anything can work though.  That’s really the ongoing theme in these studies.  Mind the structure, it’s important that a letter can hold its own in a word.  Style does still matter, but outside of that just do what comes naturally.  Not all of the letters on any of these pages are great or even good for that matter.  What they are is the natural flow of ideas.  Get some good drawing habits.  Beat up the technique with the simple stuff until you can do it without thinking about it and the rest will come naturally.  The reason I started posting these is because they represent the way I’ve been coming up with styles from the beginning.  Just draw without thinking and choose what you like and develop it into a style.  It all really starts with experimentation.  I do these with xerox paper and an old felt tip flair pen(I don’t like the plastic ones). It’s inexpensive and shouldn’t be insanely time consuming.  Use a pencil with an eraser(until you get confident in the technique side of things) or just shoot straight for ink and have fun with it. Innovation is key as any trained monkey can copy what they see.  Be on the lookout for the 26th and final installment of this group of letter studies sometime around the new year.  Until then, enjoy the latest! I hope it inspires you to do great things with your art.

w25Well boys and girls,  here we have the next installment, the letter W in graffiti styles!  Here is a letter that you would think is as simple as turning the letter M upside down and sometimes that might be true, but somehow usually not.  The letter W, you will find, is very worthy of your practice as it will present a challenge that you may not have expected.  It’s very easy to lose the character of this letter entirely if you aren’t careful, but done with form and function in mind you will find yourself in charge of a very effective and powerful letter!  The trick is keeping your head in the game and not just blowing it off for the next letter in whatever word you are working on.  Don’t limit yourself to the standard on this one.  Extend the middle to be higher than the two lines on either end,  round off one or all three points,  incorporate some overlapping.  The point is to let yourself go a little while still keeping the form of the letter intact.  It’s tough and will require more practice than most of the other letters did, but so very worth the effort.  I promise.

 

 

Update:  I’ve accidentally deleted the post for Letter X. So I am posting the image here. I will dig through the archives and see if I can find a copy of the post somewhere but I don’t want to skip the continuity so the image will be on this post for now 😛

Graffiti Letter UHello again!  We are so close to the end of this series I can almost taste it!  Here we have the last of the vowels in our simple styled graffiti alphabet.  I’ll admit to this being one of the tougher letters in the series.  Not because it’s hard to draw, but coming up with so many different styles in one sitting for such a simple letter can be very taxing on the brain!  The letter U is a very simple and easily defined letter, but it has it’s drawbacks.  Where it’s very easy to do convincingly in its most basic form, stylizing it can easily go astray to the point that it looks like other letters in the alphabet.  If you put the top parts too close, you have an “O”. Don’t define the bottom properly and you’re looking at a “V”.  A little too much freedom with the base of the letter and there’s a “Y”.  I’m sure I can add to the list, but these are the most obvious pitfalls in trying to create this letter.  If you think about it though, it’s also a blessing because being so close to those other letters makes a consistent style pretty easy to come by.  At this point in the series, if you’ve been practicing, elements of your own style should start popping up in your work.  The transition from one letter to the next should be easier to come by than when we started this adventure.  Whole words can start taking shape and innovation will start to happen as your studies become more frequent and are able to be completed in less time.  Keep in mind that I won’t give you wildstyles.  I keep these letters simple so that you can have some examples to work from.  The rest is an extension of yourself onto these building blocks.  I hope by now that you are noticing how much easier this is with practice than you may have originally thought!  So practice practice practice!  Don’t forget to share this page with your friends and enjoy this installment until I can deliver the next one!

Letter Studies: The Graffiti Style Letter S

On March 5, 2013, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84
Graffiti Style Letter S Letter Study

Graffiti Style Letter S Letter Study

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.

Letter Studies: Graffiti Style Letter R

On February 4, 2013, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

rSorry 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!

q25Bet 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!

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.

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