Friday, December 30, 2011

Graffiti Challenge #56 of 200

This one is my least favorite so far. I don't care for the colors I chose to use, but K'Lynn still loved it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Graffiti Challenge #55

I did this one for an art battle I do with my students. Every 2 or 3 weeks we pick a new work and make something using that word. This time around it was hope.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Graffiti Challenge #54

Another graffiti drawing done for one of my students. This one was done after taking my kids to see the new Muppets movie. Marker on card stock.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Graffiti Challenge - #53

Another drawing done for one of my students. This time I pulled Sakiah's name from the jar. She loved her picture! This time I used colored pencils for the background and markers for the letters. I am making progress towards my goal of 200 graffiti drawings. I can feel myself getting better with each drawing!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ace - Graffiti Challenge #52

This one was done for an art battle I did with my students. Every 2 weeks we pick a new word. They can submit anything that they want but it has to include that word. I do it with them and the first place winner gets to keep my drawing. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Graffiti Challenge - #51

Graffiti drawing number 51 was for Justin. When students are working quietly on their art projects and following directions I put their names in a jar. Every Friday I pull a random name from the jar then draw a graffiti picture using their name. The last name I pulled was for Justin and this is what I came up with.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Diva Weekly Challenge #49

This week's challenge over at I am the Diva was to use a red thread for the string. This is what I came up with:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Graffiti Challenge #50

Working my way up to 200 graffiti style drawings. This is another one done for one of my students. Each Friday I pick a name from a jar filled with names. This week I grabbed Azhane's name. The best part about doing these is seeing how excited students are when they see a drawing with their name on it hanging on my board.

#49 - Graffiti Challenge

Another attempt at a Netflix envelope.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

#48 - Graffiti Challenge

#48 - marker on card stock. This one was drawn for one of my students. Each Friday I draw a name from a jar filled with the names of students who earned an entry into the prize jar by demonstrating good behaviors. This week Dawn's name was picked from the jar.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Netflix Envelope - Graffiti Challenge #47

My 2nd attempt at drawing on a Netflix envelope. This time I tried to use the barcode and window as part of the design. I used Sharpie markers and Prismacolor colored pencils.

Bailyn - Graffiti Challenge #46

Done for one of my students. This was done using Sharpie markers and Prismacolor markers.

Netflix Envelope - #45

My first attempt at artwork on a Netflix envelope. This makes number 45 for my graffiti challenge. I used markers and colored pencils on this.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Last Graffiti Challenge Batch Update

This batch gets me all up to date on the drawings I have done so far for my graffiti challenge. My goal is to complete 200 drawings. I want to demonstrate to my students the power of practice.

#44 - Bristol board and markers

#43 - Sketchbook and markers

 #42 - Bristol board and markers

#41 - Sketchbooks and markers

#40 - Sketchbook and markers

#39 - Bristol board and markers

#38 - Sketchbook and markers

#37 - Bristol board and markers

#36 - Sketchbook - Prismacolor markers

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Graffiti Challenge - next batch

A few more graffiti style drawings. The last one was done a couple of weeks ago, so getting closer to new drawings.

#35 - Sketchbook drawing

#34 - Paint markers on canvas

 #33 - Drawing for my son's friend

#32 - Drawing for my son

 #31 - Sketchbook drawing

#30 - Sketchbook drawing

#29 - Bristol board and markers

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Graffiti Challenge - Update

The next batch of my older graffiti style drawings. I have been keeping up with the challenge and getting 2 or 3 new drawings done each week.

#28 - blackbook drawing.

#27 - canvas done for a friend's son.

#26 - Canvas done for my son.

 #25 - This one was done as part of a Zentangle challenge.

#24 - Angel on Canvas (done for a friend).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More Graffiti Art

Here is the next batch of graffiti drawings. At this point I started doing some paintings for friends and family along with the dream series.

#23 - Bristol board and markers.

#22 - Canvas board and paint markers.

 #21 - Canvas board and paint markers.

 #20 - Markers and Pitt pen in sketchbook.

#19 - Done with markers and Pitt pen in my sketchbook.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Graffiti Challenge (older drawings)

 Here's the next batch of graffiti drawings. I just finished number 40 last night, but I would still like to post all of my older ones, just to see the progression of skills and styles. I didn't feel like I had progressed much until looking at these older ones in the order I created them.

#18 - Drawn at Tecumseh during my son's lacrosse game

#17 - just some random design

#16 - Drawn while at our camper in Oak Harbor, Ohio - playing around with characters and themes.
#15 - I love drawing eyes... still just playing around with colors and the background.

#14 - wanted it to look like lightning in the background. I used a masking gel to make the lightning white.

#13 - playing around with the colors

#12 - Mondrian Inspired

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Graffiti Challenge

I have challenged myself to create 200 graffiti style drawings. I am still in love with doing this type of art and have found it to be very challenging as well as rewarding. I have decided to do this challenge because I want to demonstrate to my students how much you can improve at something by practicing it.

#10 - my first attempt at wildstyle


Monday, June 27, 2011

Tony - Step by Step Painting on Canvas

For some unknown reason I decided to do this painting as a step-by-step. This is my first attempt at putting together a painting tutorial, so go easy on me! I do not claim to be a professional painter, but I thought someone might be interested in seeing the process. I'm sure there are much better ways to approach this, but this is how I did this painting. It's a painting I did for my son Tony to hang in his room. Here we go... how I created Tony's Halo/graffiti canvas painting.

1. The blank canvas: 18x24 from

2. I draw in my guides for my letters using a red col-erase pencil. I like using the col-erase because they don't smear as much as a regular pencil, but can still be erased.

3. Next I choose the lettering style I want to use. I try to pick something that goes along with the person's personality. I draw the letters in using the red col-erase pencil. Since this is a graffiti style piece, I want my letters to overlap.

4. The next thing I do is add some details to my letters to make them more interesting.
5. I use a black Decocolor paint marker (fine line) to start going over my pencil lines. I like using the paint markers because it is quicker than using a paint brush.
6. I used a paint brush and black airbrush paint to start filling in the letters. I want a blended look to the inside, which I can not achieve using a paint maker, so I used regular paint and a brush for this step. The paint I used was airbrush paint, just because I have a ton of it left from back in my airbrushing days.

I'm still in the process of completing the painting, but this is what I have so far. I have to finish the inside of the letters and then fill in the background. Tony loves Halo, so I guess the background will somehow be a Halo theme.