"GRAFF: The Art & Technique
of Graffiti" is evidence of
the artistic heights graffiti has achieved. Once
viewed as merely a blemish on the urban landscape, graffiti
art has evolved into a legitimate art form in its
own dimension, influencing the worlds of entertainment,
advertising, fashion, and fine art.
This unprecedented book
presents a detailed guide on how to create graffiti art
as narrated by Scape Martinez. Each element of graffiti
style is presented in sequence, with successive images
showing the development and variations of forms and styles.
GRAFF brings together the ideas on a more advanced level
in a series of works depicted at succeeding stages of creation.
Along with tips and directions on preparation, method,
design, color, and execution. Step
by step, he lays out the philosophies and realities of
choosing a name and learning to "tag", on through to developing
your letterforms, to the logistics of prepping a wall and
working a spray can in an expressive, painterly fashion,
Graff will help you discover your style and leave your
Get walked through the
breakdown of fundamental elements of graffiti-style. Learn
about letters, characters, backgrounds, and how they all
work together. Understand how arrows, symbols, quotes,
and tags all intermingle from paper to wall to create a
piece. Also see from start-to-finish the approach for creating
graffiti in various styles with five on-site step-by-step
demonstrations showing the creation of various types of
pieces, from throw ups to full-blown pieces.
The publisher has matched
the book's richly artistic content in the design
and layout, including a world history of wall art, painting,
spray painting, and graffiti found scattered among the
inset boxes. There is also a glossary for the uninitiated.
Graff is the bible
for street artists looking to elevate their work, or graphic
designers wanting to expand their vocabulary, or anyone
interested in giving their work an edgy, urban look.