How to Draw a Feathered Spray Paint Effect

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Drawing a feathered spray paint effect is a great way to give a really fun and unique look to your work. Draw a feathered spray paint effect with help from a graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hi everyone, this is Gene and I'm a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for a little over 15 years. Today, I'm going to show you how to to draw a feathered spray paint effect. This is going to be amazing. Come on let's take a look and get started right away. Alright. So, if you're drawing a spray paint effect, one of the characteristics of spray paint is that it comes out kind of splattery and in a mist. So, a lot of times when you see spray paint, there'll be a harder edge, okay, and then, on the other side which would have been say, away from the spray paint head, so let's just say the, the spray paint can is right here and there's a top and it's spraying out, there'll a harder edge here where more paint will go and then will fade off as the mist goes further down. So, one of the easiest ways to achieve this effect is, is just to, for instance, we're going to draw, and I'll say a circle here, let's say you want to fill in a circle, maybe you have a stencil and so, you're spraying from this direction. So, it's going to fall off as it goes further. So, what we're going to do is we're going to start off sketching our rough circle obviously. But, make it darker closer to where you would have spray painting; where you'd be, be doing the paint. And I'm just going to take the side of the pencil here and I'm going to shade it real lightly. And you want to do this extremely lightly 'cause what that will do for you is that'll pick up the, the texture of the paper and as you can see here, it's fading off slightly as we go along. So, if you had a spray painting template, I'm going to go the other way just to get a, a little bit darker here in the beginning. It would have faded off in the direction away from where your spray paint, excuse me, your spray paint can is. So, as you can see here, we have a nice gentle gradation from this side to this side and that's one of the ways that you can make a, that, that feathered spray paint effect. Now, obviously not a lot of people spray painting circles, so, you want to apply this to, I don't know, if you're doing some graffiti; let's say somebody's spray painted the name Gene somewhere. So, we want to rough in the G and I'm doing this really dark so it will be able to show up on the camera; but, we're just going to darken the G so you get the general idea. But, you want to approach this the same way. Now, let's say the person is left-handed so the spray paint is coming in from this direction and just take the side of the pencil, we're just going to kind of darken it here. And keep in mind, as they're moving their hand to draw the G, the can is going to tilt with their hand. So, here, you're going to want to start the shading from the top instead of the, the area we started before. And then over here we're going to move on the side, when they move their spray paint can to the side and start the shading from this side there. And you just want to alter the position where you're starting the shade from and just let it get lighter and lighter as time goes on. So, there you go, just a really quick way to sort of simulate a, a feathered spray painting effect in your drawings. So, that was how to draw a feathered spray paint effect. So, if you have any questions, please let us know and I will see you next time.

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