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How to Draw Graffiti for Beginners


In this article, we will explore the exciting world of graffiti art and learn how to create your own eye-catching pieces. Whether you’re a total beginner or aspiring artist, this step-by-step guide will help you unleash your creativity and master the art of graffiti. So grab your markers and let’s get started!

Section 1: The Basics of Graffiti

1.1 The Foundation: Graffiti Tags

A graffiti tag is the building block of any graffiti piece. Start by choosing a name or use your real name as a sprayer. To find inspiration, explore our collection of graffiti letters. This will help you create your first graffiti tag effortlessly.

1.2 Materials Needed

Before diving into the process, gather the following materials:

  • A marker (preferably Stylefile for better results)
  • A piece of paper
  • Access to our graffiti letters collection or our graffiti generator.

1.3 Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these steps to create your first graffiti tag:

  1. Use a marker (like Stylefile) instead of a pencil for better results.
  2. Get a piece of paper.
  3. Refer to our graffiti letters collection or use our app to find the letters of your name.
  4. Search for the letters and start drawing your graffiti tag.

Example: Let’s say you choose the word “Ether” for your graffiti tag.

Note: If you’re using markers, it’s advisable to work on a cutting mat to prevent ink from seeping through the paper onto your desk. Also, when purchasing a cutting mat, make sure to read customer reviews to avoid any unpleasant odors.

Section 2: Turning Your Tag into a Graffiti Piece

Congratulations on creating your first graffiti tag! Now, let’s take it a step further and transform it into a full-fledged graffiti piece.

2.1 The Anatomy of a Graffiti Piece

A complete graffiti piece comprises the following elements:

  • The fill-in: colored areas
  • The outline: a colored or black line surrounding the fill-in
  • 3D blocks
  • Background
  • Keyline: a line outlining the entire piece
  • The sprayer’s tag
  • Optional: highlights and the year of creation

2.2 Materials Needed

To proceed with this section, gather the following materials:

  • Standard multipurpose copy printer paper
  • Staedtler eraser
  • Staedtler pencil (2B grade)
  • Posca markers PC 1MR 0.7mm for highlights and outlines
  • Copic Markers Multiliner 0.5 for outlines
  • Copic Ciao markers or Stylefile brush markers for fill-ins

2.3 Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these steps to transform your graffiti tag into a captivating graffiti piece:

Step 1: Trace Your Graffiti Tag

Using a pencil, trace the outlines of your graffiti tag while leaving a small gap between the marker lines and the new pencil lines to make the letters appear larger.

Step 2: Enhance Your Graffiti

To improve the composition of your graffiti, consider the following:

  • Make certain letters larger and others smaller to create a balanced and visually pleasing piece.
  • Experiment with adding arrows, serifs, and other design elements to add complexity and style to your artwork.

Step 3: Refine Your Lines

Using Posca markers or Copic Multiliners, carefully redraw your pencil lines. Let the ink dry, then erase the pencil marks.

Pro Tip: Make a copy of your drawing at this stage to avoid starting from scratch if you’re not happy with the colors later on.

Step 4: Adding Color

To add vibrant colors to your graffiti, consider the following:

  • Create gradients within the fill-in to add depth and visual interest.
  • Use complementary colors for foreground and background or fill-ins and 3D blocks.
  • If you need color inspiration, check out graffiti art on platforms like Instagram or Pinterest.

Step 5: Adding 3D Blocks

To create the illusion of depth in your graffiti, follow these steps:

  • Choose a vanishing point below your graffiti.
  • Draw lines from each corner of the letters to the vanishing point to create 3D blocks.
  • Fill the blocks with black color or experiment with adding light spots and shading for a more intricate look.

Step 6: Keyline and Background

Add a keyline (outline around the whole piece) to make your graffiti pop. Choose a complementary color to enhance the overall composition. You can also incorporate bubbles and drips in the background to add texture and visual interest.

Step 7: Final Touches

To complete your masterpiece, consider these finishing touches:

  • Add highlights and shadows to give your graffiti more dimension.
  • Incorporate your tag and the year of creation to leave your mark on the artwork.


Congratulations on completing your first graffiti piece! This tutorial has equipped you with the skills and knowledge to create stunning graffiti art. Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep experimenting and refining your technique. If you have any questions or need further clarification, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy spraying!

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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