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.

Graffiti Style Letter J

On October 30, 2011, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

The letter J in graffiti styleSorry again for the delay. The end of painting season here in my part of the world should benefit the audience of this site greatly!  Anyway, here we have the tenth installment in our letter study series, the letter “J” in graffiti styled type. Once again, an extremely simple letter in its base form makes for a difficult time in adapting it to one’s on style. This nasty fish hook of a letter made for some very interesting trial and error.  To be totally honest, this is the first letter study in the series that I re-did a few times before settling on a page that I liked!  In the end though, it all comes down to practice.  It doesn’t matter if it’s letters you are drawing or fish, the more you do it, the better you will become!  Enjoy the latest installment and practice practice practice!

Letter Studies… The Graffiti Style Letter I

On April 12, 2011, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

Sorry I haven’t been around for a bit. Life get’s pretty busy this close to painting season.

On with the show!

Here we have the graffiti style letter “I”. Another very simple letter(most of them are), this one may give you a little bit of trouble initially. It’s long, slender. It’s capital form tends to stretch out far and wide causing difficulties in mixing with other letters. At the same time, this can also be used to your advantage if you work it right! I guess it depends on whether the cup is half full or half empty in your world. Take it for what it is, gather some inspiration from this study and make an attempt not to copy from it directly. If you’ll notice anything, most of these variations are simply distortions and NONE of them lose the structure of the letter itself. STRUCTURE IS KEY HERE. I can’t say it enough.

Now go draw~!

Letter Studies. The letter H in graffiti style.

On February 27, 2011, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

Well, here we have the next letter in our collection of letter studies! “H” is a pretty simple letter in its construction, 3 lines no matter capital or lower case. There has to be a million ways to make this letter. Again, though, I broke it down into its simplest form for sake of study and instruction. There is good and bad to this letter for sure. TONS of places to go for style, but, at the same time, put those two legs together at the top and you have an “A”. Get a little too nutty on the right-hand serif of the lowercase version and you end up with a small “b”. Regardless, it’s a blast to experiment with this letter and well worth the practice!

Forum and Gallery Added Today!!!!

On February 16, 2011, in Site News, by The Gone 84

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.

Letter Study: The graffiti letter “G”

On January 30, 2011, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

How to draw G in graffiti styleIts been a long time…….

Anyway, here’s one of my favourite letters(for obvious reasons). The letter ‘G’ in deviant graffiti style! It’s a pretty simple letter. Really ,just a “C” with a stick in it’s capital form, but there’s so much there to build on! I have been practicing this letter with some fierce intensity since around 1991 so it comes to me kinda natural, but it shouldn’t be hard for anyone to master. I do want you to take notice of something in each of these studies though, as the aspiring graffiti artist tends to make one very common mistake. Note that whatever letter it is, in whatever style it’s done, all of the letters in the studies I have posted are based in the most basic and simple geometry of the letter itself. In other words, nevermind all the extensions, arrows, cracks and silly decorations. The basis of just about all graffiti lettering, the power of this grand skill, comes from knowing the letter itself in its most simple and functional incarnation. Do yourself a huge favour and take a look at all the typography that catches your eye. There is a reason that the huge billboards and full-page magazine ads are almost NEVER done in stylized typefaces. This should tell you something. Practice your letters in simple form and the stylish stuff will come easy.

The graffiti style letter "f"You’ll have to pardon me as I’ve had a few, but then, what better time than to study one of the hardest of all letters to master!?!? The letter “F” is a monster all its own. So perfect in its simple little 3 lines, yet so hard to make one’s own. Every writer has those one or two letters that insist on being difficult to work with. You’ve just met one of mine. Enjoy the first post of the new year and look forward to many more! Now get practicin!

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