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Reminds me of some school house rock shit...Very basic. Are you trying to get into graffiti or become a sign painter? That shit is way too plain. What handstyle do you need help with? I'll write up some shit you can bite and send it to you in a PM. I'm not an active writer anymore...but I do love coming to these forums and seeing all the peoples handstyles I've influenced in the paper chase over the last 10 years....I'm sure most wouldn't admit to it, but I see it. Let me know.

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Probably overstaying my welcome posting over and over again so I'm just gonna post this last one...

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I'm gonna go back to using keyboard letters for now as well on the pieces and I'll see where things take me

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Reminds me of some school house rock shit...Very basic. Are you trying to get into graffiti or become a sign painter? That shit is way too plain. What handstyle do you need help with? I'll write up some shit you can bite and send it to you in a PM. I'm not an active writer anymore...but I do love coming to these forums and seeing all the peoples handstyles I've influenced in the paper chase over the last 10 years....I'm sure most wouldn't admit to it, but I see it. Let me know.

Just trying to get into graffiti. Keeping things simple. I'm not into wild style graff. Straights and throws are really want intrigue me the most.

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One thing I really don't understand that really throws me off is how people will say to keep your bar size consistent, but in their pieces their bars and everything aren't the same size, but people love it and the person has been at it for years. I'm lost :confused: :confused:

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give an example of what you're referring to.

 

Well, take this one for example (and no offense to spasone, I'm just confused and trying to learn) :

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Short answer: Because they know what they are doing.

 

Most toys start trying to do some "kewl ass rap letters" by making the bars bend and stick out all over the place like a 30 story suicide victim and adding arrows and what nots. In that BUSE piece you have the bars staying pretty consistent widths but you can see they tastefully change towards one side or the other. As a toy you need the training wheels of keeping it simple so you don't waste effort doing shines and arrows and extensions to distract people from whack ass letter structure.

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seeing as I do sweet fuck all at work, i usually end up just killing time on the note pad. its like being back at school all over again ha.

 

any crits, tips or tits?

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Well, take this one for example (and no offense to spasone, I'm just confused and trying to learn) :

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I get what you're saying and I complain about this kind of style a fair bit (people love it when I do, lol!).

 

However Bugsex has a point. Spas knows what s/he is doing and can do very clean, orthodox pieces. This style above is the trendy retro style graf that's all the fashion these days, it's kind of ironic and a bit hipsterish (sorry Spas...). This style takes the rawness of 1970s and early 80s graff before it was as refined as it is today and recycles it. You get the uneven bar widths and other "raw" aspects of early graf mixed with modern elements such as the background, drop shadow and clean lines. It's like when fashions get recycled, they're never exactly the same as they were 20 years ago, there's always a modern twist on old ideas.

 

Whilst I don't like the retro style I also know that a toy wouldn't be able to make it look as good as Spas does. Sometimes it's best not to ask why, sometimes it's just best to accept advice and go with it. Often you'll find that it only makes sense after you've accepted the advice and achieved your goal.

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Here you go.

 

Not trying to big note myself and act like I'm anyone in particular to emulate. However I reckon this is one of the best ways to practice when you're new to the game.

 

Write your word in a basic, standard hand style. Don't be extravagant, just to the orthodox word with nothing but the letters. Then sketch it out as a solid word with minimal tweekage. Keep the bars consistent in width or flaring logically (ignore the bits where I've been messy like on the right hand of the O and the second A!). Focusing on consistent width and perspective in your 3D/shadow. Do this over and over again until the finished product is tidy, balanced and crisp. Only then start thinking about shit like connections, arrows and all the other superficial shit.

 

Get your letters right before you do anything else. The letters are the core of everything, without letters you'll never have anything.

 

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Maoista by Walid Jumblat's conviction, on Flickr

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diggin the icecream sandwich faux color blends on the m&a

 

been doing nongraff abstract stuff for the last few years i forgot its the small simple shit that makes or breaks rapletterz.

 

got inspired to open a blackbook and ended up drawing a joker/bojangles korean bootleg.

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