The Starting Line For Learning How To Draw Graffiti Letters and Beyond


graffiti artOne of the coolest forms of expression is no doubt graffiti. Whether you look into the deep history of how it all began, or you just want to get good at using a can of paint, you will find that there’s a great glory to this that you can learn. It’s not without a few difficult matters, however, as you can’t just go to your local hardware store and then hit the proverbial ground running. There are things that you need to know about before you get going forward. With that in mind, consider a few things that you should know about learning how to craft this type of art, legally, and safely for that matter.

Working With Markers In Sketchbooks

Artists that get good with this format use markers and paper first. They get sketchbooks and start to tag them with ink, rather than going into the streets and callously wrecking property. It’s never recommended that you do anything illegal, so if you want to learn how to write graffiti, do so with safety in mind. Not only will you learn how to craft with ink, you’ll progress in how you want to express yourself as an artist. There’s nothing good that can come from hitting the streets to learn, that’s for sure.

Picking Up Guidebooks

We live in an age where information is at our fingertips at any given moment. That means that an education in learning how to draw, or just about anything is available to you. If you have a smartphone, a laptop, or if you just know how to read, then you have the goods to learn. You will need to look for guides and manuals on how to transform simple spray paint into the basis for something grand, but that’s not hard. Even your local library will have documents and different examples of how to draw, paint, and learn this craft. If you’re sincere, you can definitely learn from these texts.

The Canvas Approach

Canvas is a great way medium to start your work with. Once you are comfortable with some of the lettering, and inking that you do in sketchbooks, take to the art store and purchase canvas. This is a good way to ensure that you are able to learn without going into any illegal areas. As long as you use a bit of caution, you will find that canvas is a great base for your work with paint of any kind, and will pay off dividends down the line.

Of course, these are just a few notes on the starting line for learning this art form. You don’t have to go to school to learn, but you shouldn’t discount the immense creativity that can be gathered from artistic colleges. Whatever you decide, consider these starting points when working with this type of “street art”.

Creativity: Types, Qualities And Practical Steps On How To Be Creative


Creativity: Types, Qualities And Practical Steps On How To Be CreativeThe word ‘creativity’ comes from the Latin term crea “to create or make”. It is the act of using one’s own imagination to come out with new ideas, events or objects. It refers to the bringing of new things into existence. Creativity can also be defined as the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile. It also involves improvement of already existing ideas or rearranging old things and ideas in new forms. These definitions help us to understand that creativity is contrary or opposite to copying.

Creative people try to develop and invent new things to solve problems wherever they find themselves. Creativity is experienced in every field of human endeavour such as art, engineering, sciences, medicine, police, law, trade, civil service, military, politics, teaching etc.

A creative person is someone who is able to use his own imagination or ideas to bring out new things which are very useful in our everyday life activities. There are two classes of creative persons, namely High/Genius creative person and the Less/ordinary creative person. This classification of creative persons is dependent on three important factors. These are:

• Fluency – The total number of interpretable, meaningful and relevant ideas generated in response to the stimulus.

• Originality – The statistical rarity of the responses among the test subjects.

• Elaboration – The amount of detail in the responses

High/Genius creative person

This creative person possesses more general intellectual habits, such as openness, levels of ideation, autonomy, expertise, exploratory skills and so on. He/she is able to create items with ease; it comes naturally as if without efforts. Creative people tend to be more open to new experiences, more self-confident, more ambitious,self-accepting, impulsive, driven, dominant, and hostile when compared to people with less creativity. The lives of genius creative persons in history were marked by extreme dedication and a cycle of hard-work and breakthroughs as a result of their determination.

Less/ordinary creative person

This group of creative persons can create but usually needs direction or guidance. They are limited in their capabilities and ideas. They usually exert themselves before they can create items. Most of them, usually need a push to spark their creative abilities.

There are various traits of a creative person. Some of these have been explained below.

(i) He is very curious and eager to learn or to find out things about his environment- A creative person always wants to find out why things happen as they do. He asks a lot of questions about things in his environment and he is ever ready to learn from people how some things were made.

(ii) He is ready to explore or try out new things and ideas- A creative person is always thinking of new things, how to address a particular issue in a different and more efficient manner. He tries to explore with various materials, tools, and techniques with the sole aim of addressing pertinent problems in his/her community.

(iii) He is hard working and does not give up easily in times of difficulty- A creative person is not lazy but takes what he does seriously. In the course of attending to his work, when he faces a difficulty a creative person does not give up on the work. On the contrary, he quickly generates a lot of ideas on how to deal with the difficulty. He keeps on trying till he overcomes the difficulty he encountered while attending to his work.

(iv) He is highly imaginative, practical oriented and experimental- He is always thinking of how to solve problems by producing or creating functional items. He is a scientist who tries varieties of methods and ideas so as to come out with a viable tool that is an absolute answer to a problem confronting communities and the nation.

(v) He accepts challenges and tasks and completes them- A creative person is very confident and has a high determination to succeed in any task assigned to him. He is not a coward, but a positive-minded person who is poised to be victorious. He doesn’t leave a stone unturned in his work.

(vi) He is always hopeful, and self-disciplined- He has high hopes that his work will yield good fruits. He does not give room to disappointments and ‘it cannot be done’ statement. He works to meet all deadlines and is faithful to his clients.

(vii) He is original- He does not steal ideas or copy existing ideas, products or items. On the other hand, he brings out new and first-hand ideas. A creative person can also improve the efficiency or workability of an existing item or product. However, he does not copy it but tries to address the deficiencies of the existing product all in the quest of producing a product that best solves the problem at stake.

(viii) He has a great interest and love for what he does- A creative person is very proud of what he does and has a keen delight in it. This is very evident in the passionate way he attends to what he does. Derogatory remarks about his work is like a drop of water to quench an uncontrolled fire, it does not affect his disposition and attitude towards his work or profession.

(ix) He is able to fit into a new situation- He finds his way easily, even in a new environment or situation. His presence is soon noticed and alarmed. He learns quickly and is able to adjust to his new environment be it a new duty, workplace, school etc.

(x) He is able to produce many ideas quickly- He is able to come out with a great variety of ideas which are fresh and well meaning. He is a good contributor of knowledge and skills. He is a thinker and a storehouse of ideas.

There are four vibrant stages or periods in the creative process. Each of them takes a great deal of time. The stages are Period of preparation, Period of incubation, Period of insight or inspiration and Period of verification, elaboration, perception, and evaluation.

1. Period of preparation

This is the first stage of the creative process where the creative person prepares himself or herself to handle the problem at stake. He gathers a lot of information on what he is about to do and explores the problem’s dimensions. He also explores various learning techniques to help him amass an in-depth knowledge about the work he is about to do.

2. Period of incubation

This is the stage of the creative process whereby he faces difficulty while attending to the work and then take a temporary leave from the work. He engages himself with another work with the hope of finding a remedy to the problem he has encountered.

Incubation helps in creative problem-solving in that it enables “forgetting” of misleading clues. The absence of incubation may lead the problem solver to become fixated on inappropriate strategies of solving the problem. Creative solutions to problems arise mysteriously from the unconscious mind while the conscious mind is occupied with other tasks. Therefore, he keeps working on other things till he finally finds a solution to the problem.

3. Period of insight or inspiration

This is the period during which the creative person finds a solution to the problem, he encountered while doing the work. He leaves everything and quickly attends to the work. This may take days, weeks, months or even years. It is also referred to as Intimation and illumination period.

4. Period of verification, elaboration, perception and evaluation

At this stage, the creative person works very hard with great joy with the goal of completing the work. He shows the work to friends, relatives and experts for their appreciation and criticisms.

Pattern Making As an Art Decorative Technique

Pattern Making As an Art Decorative Technique

PatternsA pattern is an organised arrangement of the elements of design such as dots, lines, shapes, textures, colours etc. on a surface using any appropriate technique for decoration. Pattern making is an experimental process since the resultant designs cannot be predicted by the artist.

Patterns can be used as designs for paper bags, clothes, greeting cards, fringes, garlands or tassels, and pop-up. There are several techniques in pattern making. Examples of pattern making techniques are Sponging, Veining, Blowing, Spraying, Spattering, Stippling, String Pulling, Wax-resist/crayon batik, Marbling, Scribbling, Rubbing-in, Rubbing-out etc.


This technique of pattern making involves the use of sponge as the principal tool for the creation of the patterns. The sponge can be laid or spread on the material (such as paper or cloth). The paint or ink is then dabbed with foam at the open areas of the sponge. The paint or ink can also be sprayed onto material after laying the sponge. The nett patterns or diamond shaped patterns of the sponge would appear on the material. Another technique is immersing the sponge in the paint or ink and rolling it on the material or paper to create the patterns.


This form of pattern making involves the application of paint in a liquid form by splashing the paint on the surface of the material to create interesting patterns. Sometimes, the tips of brushes are loaded with colour or ink and the thumb is used in splashing the colour onto the material such as paper. The splashing of the coloured pigment or paint can be done with a piece of foam or brush loaded with paint.


This is the application of paint or colour spilt through the tiny holes of a spray diffuser or atomiser. The spray can or container is filled with different coloured pigments or ink and is sprayed one at a time onto the material in several ways to create interesting designs. Surfaces of

Papers for writing calligraphy and other forms of wall hangings are decorated with spray patterns in varieties of colours.


This is the use of a drawing tool or implement in creating series of dots in an organised pattern on a material. Marking tools such as pencils, crayons, markers and pens can be used in creating interesting patterns of dots on paper and cards. This form of pattern making can be used to decorate the background of cards to be used for greeting cards, certificates and other forms of wall hangings. Pointed metallic tools such as gouges, chisels and texturing nails can be used in creating decorative textures in the form of dots on backgrounds of wood, clay and leather.

String Pulling

This is the technique of creating patterns on a material by the use of strings. These strings are immersed in a colour pigment or ink. The coloured string is then pulled for the colours to spill on the material to create decorative patterns on the paper.


This method of creating patterns involves the creation of random abstract lines with a marking tool, generally without ever lifting the drawing device off of the paper. The scribbles which are often created with different coloured marking tools result in eye-catching and attractive patterns on papers. These can be used in producing designs on paper bags, garlands, greeting cards etc.

Paper marbling

This is a method of aqueous (water) surface design used in producing patterns. The patterns are the result of colour usually, oil paint poured to float on either the surface of plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. It can also be used as designs on papers to be used in producing paper bags.

Wax Resist/ Crayon Batik

This form of pattern making involves the use of wax in resisting parts of a paper or fabric and either applying colour or ink on the entire surface of the material. After the paint or ink is dried on the surface of the material, the wax is scratched off or removed to create interesting patterns. Another technique is applying the waxed design on the surface of the material and immersing it in a paint, dye or ink solution. The wax is freed off the material after the paint or dye is dried to create the patterns. Coloured crayons can be used for creating attractive patterns on materials before paint, dye or ink is applied.

Simultaneous Two Handed Drawing Techniques


Simultaneous Two Handed Drawing TechniquesI am discovering simultaneous, two handed drawing techniques through my own individual style of art creation. Every time I create new artwork, I find my hands making similar movements while drawing.

I have been heavily inspired by Polynesian, Samoan, and all forms of tribal art. I’m not the first person in the world to draw with both hands at once, but I have discovered and documented several drawing techniques to make the process easier to describe and teach to others.

I have not always drawn with two hands at once. Simultaneous two handed drawing is the next step in my individual creative process. If I never learned how to draw with one hand, I could have never taught myself to draw with two hands.

It feels much different to draw with two hands than with one. When you draw a line on the paper with one hand, it’s the equivalent of having one personality in a room. When you draw a line with two hands, it’s like have two personalities in a room. These two personalities can either talk with each other, or they can go off and “do their own thing”.

I created the term “Hand Mirroring” to describe when both hands are simultaneously drawing two similar lines or shapes. Imagine one hand is drawing a circle, and the other hand drawing a circle as well. This is like both hands are talking to each other. Whatever one hand does, the other does. If one hand draws a line, the other hand is also drawing a line. This is an easy concept for us to wrap our brains around. Mirroring = mimicking.

Where it starts to get convoluted, is when we try to allow the hands to have their own personality and each “do their own thing”. Imagine one hand drawing a circle, while the other is drawing a square. I refer to this type of drawing as “Hand Independence” and “Detachment”. With Independence, the hands are detached from each other’s movements so they can function Independently from one another. As opposed to Mirroring, where they are functioning dependently and opposite of each others movements.

Detachment begins in the mind and ends on the paper. It’s the mental and physical process of separating the hands from one another so they can function as two individual artists. Independence is the act of drawing with two hands at once. First we must detach from our hands, so they can detach from each other and act independently of one another.

In music, tempo means speed. In Simultaneous Two Handed Drawing, tempo means the speed at which the hands draw in relation to each other. The speed of drawing is an important part of detachment. Typically with Mirroring, the hands also tend to mimic each other’s speed. Learning to detach the hands from each other’s movements allows each hand to achieve maximum potential.

How Comic Artists Are Pushing The Envelope For A Humorous World

Comic Artists

comic artsitsThere are times when we want to find a reason to smile. With the busy schedules and the constant need to perform in every sphere of life, it isn’t hard to understand why we don’t find simple days of pure laughter. While you cannot run away from the mundane life, what you can do is induce some smiles in your daily life. After all, we all need to find happiness to move on, and the art of laughing at absurd cartoons and comics is something that anyone can learn. Yes, if you can find the right resources, finding reasons to laugh can be easy. There are many artists who have dedicated their time and passion towards making others smile. In this very special post, we will find why laughing and finding happiness isn’t hard and how you can make the most of some silly things in life, some of which are creations of amazing artists.

Check Some Amazing Sites

Some of the artists, mainly from the comic genre, have taken up the task of amazing others. These artists have come up with websites that have complete collection of funny cartoon pictures and other kinds of art, which can be your perfect fix for a sad and boring day. Many of these artists are just looking to create a collection, and going by the efforts, it is easy to understand how tough it can be to create passionate humor. These websites are being updated on a regular basis, so if you are just passing time on the browser, you can enjoy the work of some great cartoonists, who always have the funny bone in place and often take from the basic sides of life.

Love for Humor

Humor isn’t easy and doesn’t come to everyone naturally. There are times when you get ahead and crack a joke, but think of those people who create humor regularly. Stand up comedians still have it easy, because they can emote on stage and change their work on the ground after having a check on audience reaction. However, that isn’t the case with comic artists and cartoonists. For a cartoonist, things either work or they don’t – there are no two ways you or anyone can feel about a cartoon. With immense passion for humor and smiles, these artists constantly create things that lighten up a dull day.

If you haven’t checked such a website as yet, you will be surprised to find what you have been missing. Just one resource is all you need to smile back at life and often appreciate the work of an artist or a team, who have worked tirelessly to push the envelope. With more smiles around, we will be in a world, where stress and depression are mere words. It only takes probably a few minutes in the day to get rid of the junk in the mind with just a smile. At the end of the day, we only want to find more happy things in life, and often some artists show the way!