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Tips and Exercises to Master Spray Paint

Tips and Exercises to Master Spray Paint

Hi guys, what's up? Hope everyone enjoyed my last tutorial about stencil art, because today we're going deep on spray can techniques. Not only we're again focusing on alternative techniques, but this time we're going to do this also thru video, check this out. So first of all, let me explain what is the main idea here: Lots of people ask me how could I achieve such interesting results using a media as spray paint. Well, it takes time and dedication, but after three years of hard work, I could come from this crap: To this: It takes time, it takes passion, but I believe that my way to here would be much easier If I had someone to show me some really basic tricks. But let me emphasize here: these are not drawing or composition tricks, these are just dinamics that will make you have a better motricity with a spray can. I already wrote many written tutorials, but this time I though that a video tutorial would be more appropriated and easier to understand than just images and pictures, so here's a brief explanation of what this is all about. Chapter #1: Understanding the Spray Can I did this diagram that exemplify the past of the spray can, as you can see, there's no big deal in here: Cap/Biqueira: This is a essential piece for spraying, it's what regulate the diameter and quantity of paint that get off the can. There're dozen of type of caps, each one with a specific use and some more generical. Donut: This is usually a circle on the top of the can that displays the color you're using. Some cheap brands don't use this piece and rather place the name or a sticker of the color, my advise: If the brand don't even use donuts on the can, don't even buy it. Air/Ar: There's air inside the can, it's actually makes it possible to spray. But there's a golden rule about it: The air should be always on top for a good spray performance, so you should try to use it on 90º degrees and never turn it upside down. Valve/Válvula: This part is responsible for getting the ink off the can, it works along the pressure that you put on the cap. As it get the ink from the bottom, I will repeat again, you will spray only air If you turn it upside down. Paint/Tinta: Most spray can use oil based paint, it sticks and cover better than acrylic. In the other hand, they're toxic as hell, so make sure to use gas mask and gloves while dealing with it. Ball/Bola: This little metallic ball is helpful for mixing properly the ink, depending on the density of the ink, there can be more than one ball (MTN 94 white color uses three metallic balls, it's almost dense as butter). Concave/Côncavo: Don't know exactly the function of the concave on the bottom, but I know for sure that every aerosol has it, just look at the bottom of your deodorant. I think is something related with the pressure dinamic. The five variables There're five variables that will influence the diameter and blurriness of your spray trace, here's a brief explanation why they are so important. 1) Cap - The cap you choose will have a big role on the trace you will get. Nowadays there are dozens of types of caps, each with a specific diameter and usability. The one I'm using in this tut is a NY fat cap, it's a really ecletic cap as he can goes from thin to thick lines easily. 2) Can Pressure - The pressure of the can is something you should look before going to the wall, there are high, medium and low pressure cans, you should check what are better suitable for you use. Low pressure cans are recommended for beginners and for those who want thinner traces. Just remember: The highest the pressure, the biggest will be the trace 3) Wall distance - The more distant from the wall, the more blurry will be the trace, the more close to the wall, more solid will be the trace. 4) Cap pressure - The strenght applied on the cap will determine how much paint will get off it, so I must say the stronger you push it, the more will get off. 5) Speed - Spray paint is also about speed, the more quickly you do your trace, it will have less chances of get blurry or drip, also it will be thinner. But If you want a thicker trace, you should spray it slowly. Chapter #2: Useful exercises for spray dexterity So guys, I cannot teach you how to draw with spray paint without teaching you techniques on handling a can. So this will be about get used to this new tool, so please don't get anxious about doing a badass artwork right now, focus on get good on this tasks. Exercise #1- Make a tiny square So, let's start by trying to draw a really small square, try to draw the smaller you can. Don't be shy, I know you probably will make a huge mess on the beginning, but we will try again this exercise later and you will see that it will be much easier. Please take this as a invitation to use the can. Exercise #2- Make three different diameters Now let's test the dynamics of distance and pressure on the cap. Try to spray three different diameters, this will take time to master trust me. Exercise #3- Make a thin and thick line Now let's test the speed and cap pressure, so try to make a thin line by spraying it fast, close to the wall and pressing softly the cap. Then, try to make a thick line by spraying it slowly, far from the wall and pressing harder the cap. Exercise #4- Make both thin and thick lines You probably already realized that you can get a blurry or solid trace, so here's a exercise you should try: Try making a blurry to solid trace by vary the distance from the wall, this is a bit hard to master. Exercise #5- Connect the dots to make straight lines The best way to learn how to do straight lines is by doing a really silly exercise: Connect the dots, yep, like we used to do on kindergarten drawing books. Draw two points, posicionate the spray over the first one, aim on the second, then connect both. Don't move only your arm, spraying on wall also needs body movements, don't be a robot so. Exercise #6- Connect the dots to make shapes Now do the same exercise, but this time try to draw simple shapes, easy huh? Exercise #7- Make tiny circles Now that you already master lines and sharp shapes, let's try something round. Try to draw the tiniest circle you, start by doing it big then go smaller as you can. Exercise #8- Make a circle, a triangle and square Now, after all this exercises, you probably got some good dexterity with the can, so let's try to draw this basic shapes and try to draw them smaller and smaller. Exercise #9- Make a square with gradients Now for a final task, I gotta say I'm not the best on it hehe let's try to use gradients to create shapes, try first to create a square using gradients. You can achieve this by inclining your spray and by aiming the cap to the side you want to make the gradient. The Video So guys, in order ot make it more visual I decided to make this self explanatory video, hope it help and answer all your doubts on this exercises. Tips and Exercises to Master Spray Paint from Marcos Torres on Vimeo. Just a brief introduction to spray paint and some pretty basic exercises to understand how it works and to get dexterity on this tool.

Introducing Flying Fortress

Introducing Flying Fortress

It's truly amazing to see that nowadays most creatives don't box themselves in just one area. Flying Fortress is a multidisciplinary artist working on areas as illustration, Toy Design, Graffiti, Street Art, Fine Art, Education and Interior Design. Besides his high influence from the Vaughn Bode graffiti from the 70's, he can create a stylish mix of vintage designs with modern concepts. You can see his latest updates on his Official Website, also take sometime to take a look at his Store and Toy design site.

Wall Paintings by No Entry Design

Wall Paintings by No Entry Design

No Entry Design is a design studio based in Brooklyn, NY and they do pretty much everything you can imagine. Besides their amazing typography work I really wanted to share some of these awesome wall paintings they've done with a unique style. For more from No Entry Design visit noentrydesign.com For more from No Entry Design visit noentrydesign.com

Ironic and Sarcastic Urban Interventions by Sever MSK

Ironic and Sarcastic Urban Interventions by Sever MSK

Is needless to say that street art is having a great success on the last 5 years. But more interesting it's to see that the line between Street Art and Graffiti is getting more and more blurred. Artist like Sever from MSK crew can transit into both areas, making a artist and ironic artwork, but also maintaining the spirit and aesthetic of Graffiti art.You see more urban interventions from Sever at his Official Website.                   

Lovely and Charming Paintings by Tati Suarez

I don't know about you guys, but for me the most attractive and interesting part of the body is the eyes. That must be why I got into Tati Suarez artworks, her passion on building such interesting and charming female characters is both captivating and curious. I wonder where she get inspiration for such imaginary universe. Tati is also known for street art / graffiti work, you can see more about it at her Official Website. Tatiana Suarez (b. 1983) is a Brooklyn-based Miami native. Her charming style is distinctive -- first, the trademark eyes that draw the viewer into a beautiful and surreal world. Suarez takes full advantage of the oil paint's ability to create creamy, soft images on canvas. Rich with symbols that stem from her Brazilian and El Salvadorian heritage, subjects appear as if they are under water, frozen in lovely stillness. The doe-eyed figures look childlike, but also exude sexual overtones, ornamented with plants, insects and other unsettling accompaniments. Beauty is presented concurrently with exotic -- even creepy -- creatures to create enchanted narratives (Tati's Website).

Awesome Animated Banksy

Since the boom of the internet and especially the web 2.0 we have the chance to share pretty much anything. There's always a good and bad side, however for designers and artists I believe there's only the good side. We got the tools to express and spread our work very easily in a way that nobody has ever seen. Great artists were discovered or became legends, like the street artist Banksy. But again, the ways of collaboration are endless and ABVH has proved us that with his Animated Bansky Series. Animated Banksy is a really cool idea, it's basically animations of some of the most famous Bansky works. It's really well done and they gives a better understanding of what Banksy probably had in mind when created those arts. For more information visit http://madebyabvh.tumblr.com/

Awesome Painted Aircrafts Exhibition

Some art exhibitions are awesome, others are not. But you can't go wrong when your exhibition happens in a aircraft cemetery, and you got awesome aircrafts hand painted. This is The Boneyeard Project: Return trip. In the beginning of 2012 this great exhibition took place in Arizona and great artists painted these retired airplanes. I wish I could have visited it. These are only a few examples of the pieces exposed there. For more, please visit the Eric Firestone gallery. Enjoy! Cheers. ;)

Stellar Graffiti Artworks by Georgi Dimitrov

There's something about street art, graffiti artworks, that really catches my attention. Maybe it's the fact that you get to see the artist, making fantastic drawings and typography pieces in huge scales. This is the work of Georgi Dimitrov, a really talented Bulgarian artist. Of course that these pieces are only a handful of his amazing murals. For more of these, you should really check out his portfolio at Behance. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers. ;)

Puzzle Graffiti by Pref

While some people may say graffiti is just dull and pure vandalism, I gotta disagree with that, as on the last decade I've seen tons of the most creative and talented graffiti writers. Guys like Pref are not about only writing a name on a wall, but to experiment new creative ways to express, as his puzzle graffiti pieces. You can see more from Pref at his Flickr Gallery. Pref Pref. Amsterdam. Up the heat. Pref its just a word. Work hard paly dirty Live slow die old. No fun at all. Not my cup of tea. One for the crew. Same old crap. All in a days work.

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Graffiti Mural by A'Shop

As living in Montreal, I don't really hang out around Notre-Dame-de-Grâce area also known as 'NDG' for shorts. And one day while cruising around, I stopped by this really magnificent mural also entitled as Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Our Lady of Grace) by A'Shop. Today I am featuring this beautiful piece of art of about 4 floors high, hope you will enjoy it! It’s  more than just a business . It’s also about finding a place to call home, where we can drop our bags, stock our paint, stand on our own two feet, and start to build the kinds of relationships that lead to bigger and better things. Family and community values are and have always been at the core of what we do as artists, and as a company. We now pride ourselves in being capable by providing space, tools and knowledge to other artists alongside being a positive reference point within our community. It has been a long journey thus far and we can only hope it never ends. - from A'Shop For more information about A'Shop and their artists, you can visit their website at AShop.ca. Behind-the-Scenes All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop Final Result All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop All Rights to A'Shop

Behind-the-Scenes: Shepard Fairey and Andre Window Collaboration for Levi's

In a tribute to the French and American cities that inspired the worldwide street art and graffiti movement of the last 40 years, pioneering artists Shepard Fairey and Mr. ANDRE have collaborated to build an ambitious art installation exclusively for the ground floor of the new Champs-Élysées Levi's flagship store. This collaboration will also feature customized Levi’s Trucker jackets and limited-edition graphic t-shirts as well as a series of events, screenings and interactive workshops hosted by the artists. This is the second of two collaborations between French and American cultural pioneers in celebration of the opening of the denim icons new flagship store. The collaborations are inspired by the long-standing friendship between France and the United States. The first collaboration brought together music icons James Murphy and Pedro Winter A combination of sculpture, found objects and a billboard, the various elements of the installation overlay the two artists signature styles on familiar forms and objects from the urban environments of France and the US. The "pièce de résistance" of the installation is the duo of large scale sculptural installations featured in the store windows. Get a glimpse behind-the-scenes and check out the making-of video here…. Some Images

The Incredible Work of Victor Reyes

It's really nice to see how graffiti it's having finally it's recognition as an art form and a way of expression. In fact, a great part of the contemporary artists came from this background, as graffiti is a democratic and open culture what differs from classic fine art that's more formal. Victor Reyes is one example of this recent situation. If you want to see more of Victor Reyes, take a look at his Website. Since the early 90s, Victor Reyes has been painting. His work has been shown extensively in countries around the world, including the group show titled Letters First (2006) which traveled to Tokyo, Taipei, Korea, and Barcelona, Public Provocation (2008) at Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Rein, Germany, Will Rise group show (2010) as Yves Laroche Gallery, Montreal, Canada and Misspelled (2010), a solo show at Robert Berman E6 Gallery, San Francisco. Misspelled was culminated through an experiment in typography in which Reyes painted all 26 letters of the alphabet in the Mission and he published a 104-page book for the exhibition under the same name.

The Visceral Art of David Choe

Most of you may know David Choe for being the artist behind the Facebook HQ but I gotta say this guy is way more than that. It's hard to label a guy like him, it's sort of vandal, artist, criminal and genius, I think that what best describes him is his documentary that you should totally see. I am only featuring a glimpse of Choe's artwork here as it's way bigger than you can imagine, anyway you can check out more his awesome stuff like on his Website

Crânio's 80 meters Elevator Graffiti

We received a e-mail from our buddies from Zupi magazine of this recent project involving street artists and graffiti artists on a new sort of display: Elevator wall painting. Yeah, that's it, they're inviting some really badass artist to paint dozens of meters of a elevator ride, just check this one from Crânio. You can check more of this project at Zupi.

The Unique Graffiti of Shok 1

Shok 1 is a veteran of british graffiti art having on the early years been one of the most active adn skillful writers of the country. Year after, Shok 1 still trying to reinvent spray art with his last experiments towards transparencies that reminds x-rays. You can see more of Shok 1 at his Flick Gallery

Acid Illustrations and Street Art by Smithe

It's really cool to see how an artist create his own universe by assimilating and creating relationships between symbols and images. Smithe got a serious relation with the concepts of construction, destruction, structure and the self as we can see on most of his artworks. You can see more stunning artworks like these at his Tumblr, also follow him on Twitter Smithe @ D.F. - Balbuena from TONY DELFINO on Vimeo.

Awesome Typography Artworks by Ilk

Ilk is one of this kind illustrator who came across graffiti during the course of his life. You can see how this activity had a major influence on his typography work since it's almost like a blend between modern and flat style type with some more street and funky style. The results are just ridiculously amazing, just check it! You can see more of this outstanding works at Ilk's Website.