GRAFF: The Art & Technique of Graffiti

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IMPACT, Feb 20, 2009 - Art - 128 pages
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Once viewed as merely a blemish on the urban landscape, graffiti today has evolved into a legitimate art form in its own right, influencing entertainment, advertising, fashion and other creative industries worldwide.

In this unprecedented book, master graffiti artist Scape Martinez shows how he does his thing, offering streetwise advice to help other "writers" create maximum-impact, legally sanctioned work. Step by step, he lays out the philosophies and realities of the genre. From picking a "tag" and developing letterforms, to the logistics of prepping a wall and working a spray can in a painterly fashion, Graff will help you find your style and leave your mark—large and loud. A breakdown of the fundamental elements of graffiti-style—letters, character, backgrounds—and how they work together and intermingle with arrows, symbols, quotes and tags From paper to wall, a start-to-finish approach for creating graffiti in various styles 5 on-site step-by-step demonstrations show the creation of various types of compositions, from throw ups to full-blown pieces Complete with a glossary and a timeline tracing graffiti history, Graff is the bible for street artists looking to elevate their work, graphic designers wanting to expand their vocabulary, and anyone interested in giving their work an edgy, urban look.


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Nice. It's good to know more about graffiti. [May,2012]


Quick Lesson in Graffiti History
Working on Paper
Working on Walls
Graffiti Art in the Community and in the World

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Scape Martinez creates with spray enamel, house paint, markers, acrylic and watercolor. He owns and operates two youth clothing lines, Liquidscape and Respect, Inc., and is an arts advocate for kids. He is regularly featured in exhibits; does murals and designs; lectures and teaches in the San Jose area and beyond. He's been featured inArtweek, San Jose Mercury News, Melro, San Jose City Times andThe Times of San Jose City College.

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