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!

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!

Letter Studies: The graffiti Style letter “E”

On November 12, 2010, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

Well boys and girls, here we have the most awesome letter “E” in the accepted graffiti style. “E” is a great letter to work with and definitely among many a writers’  favourites because of its versatility. This letter can be worked in so many ways due to its simple 4 piece construction. Like the other posts, you can see that even the slightest change of structure can make a world of difference in this letter. It’s so very easy to make this one of your own that it has become a letter that makes most everyone’s style recognizable.  mastering the letter “E” is to find yourself well on the way to the self-branding that every graffiti writer strives for.  Enjoy the study and find some inspiration in the latest addition to our letter studies.

On a side note, the forum will be up within the next month or two and I hope to have the gallery up soon also. Look for everything to be in full swing by Christmas if not sooner.  In the meantime, check out two of the new sites in the graffiti empire that is Sense Industries. oldschoolgraffiti.com and steelpoets.com

Today we have the letter “D” in all her graffiti style glory. This is a tough letter to master because you can easily end up creating a “P” , an “O” or just some stupid looking rectangle. One of the reasons I so enjoy working with the letter “D” is the threat of it becoming something else. But here we have another inspiring letter study with a few styles for you to work with. Unlike the “C” in the last post, this one will require some extra practice to get just right. There is still plenty of room to maneuver, but not enough that you can just throw it together and make it look effortless within a few tries. Practice this one long and hard and most of the other letters in the alphabet will seem simple in comparison.

Long time no see!  Today’s entry is yet another letter study. And in good order, we have the letter “C”. One of the absolute simplest letters of the alphabet, this solitary curve is so easily manipulated into unlimited configurations.  The simplicity of the letter “C” is deceptive, however, as it leaves so little to the imagination. To master it is a big step toward mastering the alphabet itself as there are so many elements that can be taken from learning “C” in all its variations and applied to other rounded letters.  A word of advice, work hard on this letter. Put extra concentration into giving power and emotion to something so sublime and seemingly harmless. It will do you a world of good later on.

Letter Study #2 The graffiti styled letter B

On September 26, 2010, in Letter Studies, by The Gone 84

Here’s another entry to the letter studies category. No worries, I am not going to wait until letter “z” to start adding tutorials. The idea again is to inspire some ideas and to demonstrate how some of the simplest forms can be varied in infinite configurations simply by changing one or two small elements.  This letter is especially fun to work with because of the curves. By switching a nice, rounded curve to an angle, the entire character of the letter changes. For some odd reason, people tend to have trouble with “B”. Personally, I find it an interesting challenge and an opportunity to work some of myself into a format that already has so many standards in place.
Enjoy

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