Well 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.
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!
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!
Well here we have it. As promised(for once), before the new year, the letter P in simple graffiti style. I will admit to being short on ideas for this one but I was looking at a deadline for a change and the Holidays caught up with me a bit. Still, like before, there are tons of different ways to represent this letter if you just let your imagination run with it. Practice is always the key because it helps to loosen the brain a bit and that only comes with repetition.
By this point in our studies I’d expect you to be putting together words with all of these letters and attempting different compositions and ways to make the letters work together. I keep these things simple for a reason and that reason is to show you structure. Once you have a structure set to habit then the rest really does start to make itself happen. I know some of you are out there shortcutting the game and just plain copying letter by letter. If that’s what works for you then fine, I’m glad to be a part of your learning process. But I will be honest in telling you that until you start practicing shape and structure you won’t get very far in being able to express yourself the way that someone who actually looks deeper than the examples would. So don’t be a slouch, the time you spend doing it the “easy” way can be much better spent doing it thouroughly and actually learning something that will take you beyond the realm of this page! Once I get the gallery going again I’d like to see some of the progress people are making and I’ll gladly answer any questions you may have so keep the emails coming!
Happy New Year!
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.