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Well, the tried and true method is learning straight letters really well. Based on the first few pages you posted I’d say you’re obviously putting in the effort on that end, but I would encourage you

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You do realise your s and b look like cartoon poo?

 

But ugh if thats what you were going for. then who am i to judge. Not feeling the S or B tho anyway.

 

I like the O and m though.

 

Lol well I appreciate the honestly. I've been experimenting with a whole lot of different styles lately, I've filled up almost 2 books since January. Just trying out different things and playing trial and error.

 

Forgot to post this one, done yesterday. Same Z and B as the one before, different O.

 

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Like I said before your stuff is pretty good especially when compared to when you first got here. The only one piece of advice I can give you (not a critique) is to make it so that you can see the drop shadow thru the Z like the other letters. Would look a lot better and more balanced.

 

juniors pretty tight.

 

He died.

 

RIP

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Lol well I appreciate the honestly. I've been experimenting with a whole lot of different styles lately, I've filled up almost 2 books since January. Just trying out different things and playing trial and error.

 

Forgot to post this one, done yesterday. Same Z and B as the one before, different O.

 

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I just looked through the last few pages and I think you should change that Z man. Not a good look, everything else can be tweeked to make it better but that Z is dead in the water. Try to create a new Z by flipping your B around and using the natural bend of the letter to give it some funk. Just my two cents.

Maybe try something like this....

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also note how the vertical bar of MEK's B was more similar in width to the rest of the B, the M and so on.

 

That's what I was saying a few posts back, you need to get your letters complete before you get in to bells and whistles as you have been.

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^word. i think you (zomb) should refrain from the stylish doodads n focus on the letters more. Your effects look fine, but dont make the letters any better.

 

Thats much better zomb. MEKs got that on point tips. You should keep drawing that style. I can see it being dope.

 

and nice. Fill them books up, put in work. Its a lot more than i can say for myself recently.

 

I remember you posting around the last time i was on like 2 years ago. But i aint done too much since then.

 

keep it up mang

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Truth is its a rookie mistake to run before you can walk. When i started in the 90's i wanted to do what I saw in the Bronx and in magazines/books etc but that was

 

done by the masters and I could barely catch a tag. Effects are cool but if all you're doing is dressing up a piece a shit at the end end of the day its still a piece of shit.

 

Letters, letters, letters then when you think you can't take it anymore DO MORE LETTERS! Put the tricks aside and focus on honing the letter science of graffiti from

 

balancing letter bars to figuring out every possible flow and connection for your name. Every letter should look like it belongs with the others not just a bunch of letters

 

thrown together to say a name. Its about finding style through balance and flow. Thats the best advice I can give anyone starting out.

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Truth is its a rookie mistake to run before you can walk. When i started in the 90's i wanted to do what I saw in the Bronx and in magazines/books etc but that was

 

done by the masters and I could barely catch a tag. Effects are cool but if all you're doing is dressing up a piece a shit at the end end of the day its still a piece of shit.

 

Letters, letters, letters then when you think you can't take it anymore DO MORE LETTERS! Put the tricks aside and focus on honing the letter science of graffiti from

 

balancing letter bars to figuring out every possible flow and connection for your name. Every letter should look like it belongs with the others not just a bunch of letters

 

thrown together to say a name. Its about finding style through balance and flow. Thats the best advice I can give anyone starting out.

 

 

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Yeah, your O & M has a swing on it but the B is rigid, screws with your flow.

 

But it's moving in the right direction so just start pumping out the letters. Don't only stick to those ones either, play around with other odd words. And pay attention to what MEK said in trying every different lean, swing, balance, etc. of the letter. Extend this bit, drop that part a little, bend that one, etc. Most of it will look silly but you have to rule out the mistakes to help you identify the good shit. Sometimes when you're mindlessly doodling you stumble on designs that you couldn't have managed when you're trying hard.

 

Use your left hand, cover one eye, only look at the page after you've drawn each stroke, etc. Sometimes letting go of control like this can help you break out of mindsets that constrain you (like the mindset you had about Z's recently). I see you just writing the same letters over and over again, completely change what you're doing in terms of shape and flow every week to force yourself to practice and stay out of ruts.

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I love kittys. Chars kind of cheshire catish. Alice in wonderland. But your letters are kind of bad. Youre some what using consistant bars, so thats a positive i can find. Now for the bad stuff i see.

 

You tried to draw serefs but they just look like bad extensions. You must Crawl before you walk and walk before you run.

 

KEYBOARD SIMPLES look at the letters on your keyboard and draw those.

 

CAT KING

Just like that. a Sans serif font.

 

Just keep drawing keyboard simples and once you got those down pat. you'll be able to then start experimenting with extensions to fiull in the negitive space that certain letters create.

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Yeah, your O & M has a swing on it but the B is rigid, screws with your flow.

 

But it's moving in the right direction so just start pumping out the letters. Don't only stick to those ones either, play around with other odd words. And pay attention to what MEK said in trying every different lean, swing, balance, etc. of the letter. Extend this bit, drop that part a little, bend that one, etc. Most of it will look silly but you have to rule out the mistakes to help you identify the good shit. Sometimes when you're mindlessly doodling you stumble on designs that you couldn't have managed when you're trying hard.

 

Use your left hand, cover one eye, only look at the page after you've drawn each stroke, etc. Sometimes letting go of control like this can help you break out of mindsets that constrain you (like the mindset you had about Z's recently). I see you just writing the same letters over and over again, completely change what you're doing in terms of shape and flow every week to force yourself to practice and stay out of ruts.

 

That is the plan. Thanks everyone, good shit.

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The R would look better if the down line came from the "half circle" instead of off of the primary bar. The S would simply if you made the top "half circle" a bit smaller than the bottom half.

But that is exactly where to start. Learn how to balance those, don't do any fancy doo-dad shit that you're not ready for .

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