Saturday, September 21, 2013

Coloring Graffiti Tutorial by Barbara

I wanted to share the project I made with these new Graffiti Party images!  You can use or adapt this technique to all of the Graffiti Sentiments and using bold bright colors is a key to making them POP!

On this project I've used the following images.  

Make it Crafty Stamps:

Little Miss Muffet Stamps:

STEP1: Color the rest of the image... for this project, 
I went with a black and white so we could focus on the graffiti colors.
Copic colors used: T1, T2, T3, T4, T6, T8

STEP2: We're going to start coloring the letters blending two colors together. In this case it's red to yellow. At first I'm working at both top and bottom of the letter just so I can "see" what I'm working with... as I progress I'll color from the red down to the yellow.
Colors: YR31 and R18

STEP3: I'm still figuring out the colors so I added a darker red and 
then pulled down the orange color as well.
Colors: R29 and YR07

STEP4: Work those colors and blend from the darkest red down to 
the lightest yellow (which has turned into orange! LOL).
Color added: YR12

STEP5: Do the same blending technique with the splash element behind the letters.
Colors: B14, BG53, BG32, BG11

STEP6: Then repeat, coloring the outline portion around the letters.
Colors: YG17, YG13 and YG21

STEP7: Add shadows on the letters and splash elements. 
Don't blend these in as you want them with a harsh edge.
Colors: E17 on the letters and BG93 on the splash.

STEP8: Now start making it messy! I've added paint drips and splatters to the lower part of the graffiti.
Colors: R08, YR18, R29 and T9 for the reds; BG49, B06 and BG99 for the blues.

STEP9: You can skip the paint runs and splatters if you want, but this step is important and brings it to life (so to speak). Grab your white gel pen or paint and add highlights and even large circles over the wall.

STEP10: Place your colored image on a project and show if off! 
Make mistakes and learn from them. Even I have a few on this one. LOL