How to Draw Graffiti Images

Learn how to draw graffiti images using a simple step-by-step tutorial! Creating a cool graffiti is not something so simple. Indeed, you need to create text loaded with style, attitude and strength. You also need to select colors that are vivid, bright and fun to look at.

In this lesson, I will show you how to draw a simple illustration of a graffiti (with the word ... graffiti!) so that you can duplicate this technique to any other words or sentences that you want to. Remember that a cool graffiti is one that is NOT drawn on public property (or someone else's property). I'm sure you already knew that! Let's draw now! :)

How to Draw Graffiti Images

Step 1

First, draw the word you want to illustrate using bold letters. Handwriting is crucial since you probably won't find such designs anywhere else. In this case, I simply created letters using very bold lines (instead of using shapes) and convert these lines into editable shapes.  

How to Draw Graffiti Images

Step 2

Next, you can add colors to these letters. Try to select colors that go well together. For this example, I have selected a bright green color and a subtle blue one. 

How to Draw Graffiti Images

Step 3

Next, a bold outline can be added around the word you are creating. One easy technique you can use to achieve this step is to duplicate all letters and merge all shapes. Then, add a bold outline to this new shape and place this one behind the word. The pink outline below is only used to show you the newest addition. No need to create one. 

How to Draw Graffiti Images

Step 4

Select the gradient fill tool and add a darker color on the bottom of each letter. Things are getting better now. There is one last thing we can do to make the illustration even cooler. 

How to Draw Graffiti Images

Step 5

On the left side of each letter, draw a dark shape like shown below. Then, use transparency to partially hide these new elements. The goal is to add a little bit of contrast to make these letters easier to read.

How to Draw Graffiti Images

Now you know how to draw graffiti images! 

Nice work! This is the final illustration. Of course, you can add more patterns and colors to your work if you want to. Creating a graffiti is all about being original, creative and sometimes a little bit crazy too. I prefer to draw a graffiti that is easy to read, but some are also drawing images that are hard to read. Have fun and happy writing (and drawing)! :)

How to Draw Graffiti Images


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