DRAW A GRAFFITI NAME WITH SERIF LETTERS
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LEARN TO DRAW GRAFFITI ART
SERIF and SANS SERIF LETTERS
Serifs are small decorative flourishes on the ends of some of the strokes that make up
letters. In graffiti art serifs are really useful, because they can be manipulated in
different ways to make letters more interesting. They can be stretched, curved or
broken up into bits. Sans serif letters do not have these details or flourishes (the word
sans means without). Below is an example of letters drawn with serifs and without  
serifs (sans serif).
SANS SERIF
SERIF
SANS SERIF
SERIF
SANS SERIF
SERIF
SANS SERIF
SERIF
STEP 1. Here is a SAGE tag constructed with serif letters. You should draw your own tag letters with a
pencil very lightly so you can erase them later. We have darkened the pencil lines in this example just so you
can see it better.
STEP 2. Now redraw the letters, spreading them out so you have room to fatten them up.
STEP 3. Draw rectangular bars all around the strokes of each letter. Where the strokes are curved,
make the bars curved.
STEP 4. Erase all of the lines inside and leave only the outlines.
uneven edges. Erase any other leftover pencil lines.
STEP 6. Add some small rectangular bits at the ends of some of the serifs.
STEP 8. Draw a line from the tip of each downward line to the line directly next to it. Follow the
shape of the letter and complete the 3D. Fill it in with a dark color.
STEP 9. Draw a forcefield all around the outside of the name about 1/4" from the edges of the
letters. Add some drips. Use a colored pencil to add a touch of shading around the forcefield.
are called the FILL. Add black drippy goo on the tops. Color the forcefield in a bright contrasting
color, add a brick wall, a big dark splash and you are done. That was fun!
really just small lines) make the letters S, ,
Notice how just a few serifs (which are
G,
A, look so much more animated. They
Ehave lots more character and attitude.

Scroll down this page to see this SAGE
graffiti piece constructed from start to
finish using serif letters. Then experiment
with your own name using similar steps.
Feel free to modify our technique any way
you want.
Those little rectangular blocks you see at
the end of the serifs in the piece above are
known as BITS.
really great for
outlining, but be of
cardboard under
your paper if you
use one, because a
Sharpie will leak
through and stain
your table.
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STEP 7. Now it's time to add 3D (three dimensions) to all of the letters. From the bottom of each
letter, and every corner on the outside of the letters, draw a line downwards to the left. Each line
should be about the same length.
For more  how
to draw 3D
letters, see
here,
here, and
here.
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