Wednesday 28 March 2018

Mini graffiti...

After I'd finished personalising Ada's studio (links below) I wanted to decorate the exterior wall with graffiti. I imagined bloowabbit's studio to be situated in a artsy area which would be reflected on the outside. I have never tried writing graffiti so first step was to do a little research.

 images of street art found on Pinterest without links attached
  • Checked out my Pinterest 'doodles...' page where I also collect street art images.
Photograph of Shamsia Hassani by Omar Sobhani/Reuters via The Guardian
  • Watched some YouTube videos and shared them on my Bloowabbit facebook page. Graffiti appears to have been a male-dominated art form but more female graffiti artists are now being recognised and respected. 

  • As per any specific art form there's also graffiti-speak - read through Art Crimes Graffiti Glossary. To get to know a culture, first get to know its language (this glossary is mostly NYC based).

  • Found Graffiti Empire and followed the step-by-step tutorial on How to Draw Graffiti. They have a useful graffiti alphabet which can be copied or used as inspiration.
Graffiti Empire tutorial:

So that's my first go at creating a piece. I'm happy enough with it and the tutorial's a clear and easy way to start. If I were to redraw this I might do the 3D effect differently. It was a good vanishing point exercise but I'm not sure it gels with my style of drawing. Plus, it's the style of the tutorial author. And in future I'll probably use more vibrant blues.

But I'm well happy with the wabbit image made from the 2 lower case b's back to back - reversing letters is a tip mentioned in the tutorial. I think I've found my tag! I worked directly on the mini studio wall using permanent markers because of the size and adding the image of the character bloowabbit's head. The result has more texture than paper but the colour intensity is lighter than paint would have been.

Final image on paper:

And on the exterior wall:

I feel the 3D effect isn't as marked as I'd like it to be so I'll probably develop that further. 

I'm currently doing some 're-dos' of doodles and drawings plus trying to make a short video but there's also an art challenge coming up called Eye Doodle Challenge and it's hosted by Sea Lemon - it's an interesting one and worth checking out (link below).

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