Hello 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!
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.
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.
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.