Anyone who lives in an urban city raise your hand! *Waves hand furiously!*
I have seen a LOT of really awful Graffiti and Spray Painting and some rare gems of GREAT stuff!
Yeah, that is REALLY COOL. I got to thinking, can I do this? I went to my local art supply store (Is it sad they know me by name?) and searched for spray paint. I found some good stuff, but not the selection I was looking for. This is where my tips get good!
Release your INNER MAN and go to a Hardware store. Preferably a big box store like Lowes or Home Depot. This is KEY. An Art store will have maybe 20 different colors of spray paint. If you are lucky a can or two of metallic. Nothing SPECIAL. How can I make art without the right supplies? I can’t!
At the big box stores, you will find an entire AISLE of Spray Paint. At a big box store, this will be larger than some art supply stores. This is the cool part. They have high gloss, matte, and any different type of Spray Paint imaginable. Paint for metal, concrete and wood. Anything and everything you can think of. My inner child – artist (That is a word, right?) went crazy. I soon found myself with a cart full of paint – but not enough. (By the way, if you have a Credit Card to a big box store, leave it at home. You can easily rack up several hundred dollars on this stuff.)
I got home, and started playing in my basement on my wall. I soon discovered tip two. Buy shades of colors. I was not exactly using my inner Bob Ross when I picked out paint. A lot of “THAT IS A PRETTY PINK” went on. Yeah, it was bad.
I quickly learned tip two, buy shades and different colors. The picture above will give you some idea. Cheek bones? Shadow? Definition? You need several shades of every color you plan to use. Blending is insanely difficult with spray paint. Make you sure stock up on those options so you do not stop mid way and need to make a run to the hardware store.
Tip three, the MOST IMPORTANT. Practice on something like a board or canvas first. I had to re – paint my wall more times than I am willing to share. Until you get the shading down and dimensions (Proportions are AWFUL with Spray Paint) you need to practice, practice and practice on something temporary.
After all the work you did you may want an edge or advantage. I found a pretty useful online resource to give my painting a kick in the pants. Check it out here.
The product, like many others, PROMISED a lot. “Become an EXPERT” ; “MASTER the SECRET” …. Yada Yada. I am sick of hearing it all too. Some differences in why I picked this over learning ever from other street Artists I know are simple:
– It includes Video.
Video’s are essential to learning how to paint. It is not art unless you see how the actions come together to create something. I hate nothing more than checking out a how – to – guide or going to a University class to get a thick book or watch a professor or painter from 5 feet away do something quickly. I never learn this way, neither will you.
– It is not expensive.
All the money I spent on Spray Paint? Yeah…. This product is a drop in the bucket compared to that. Even the most expensive course would be less than I spent on supplies. I could take a $300 course and learn less. Or, I could go with this program and learn a lot.
– It includes coaching with every program.
This is a BIG PLUS. The reason I got the program of learning from a person was most people who are working will not take the time to show you intricacies. Especially if they are doing something complex. I learned a lot from the ‘Painting Water’ course. I did need some coaching on this, but it was my own fault. I had the support and it was incredible. When I try to learn from someone ‘good’ or even who teaches well, they either do the step I am struggling with too quickly, or do not do it well enough.
– The Mexican Secret Sauce.
Like every program on the internet, it touts a ‘Secret Sauce’ which makes it special. Was it special? In this case, yes it was. Using objects instead of free hand, the actual differences in technique, and the detailed instruction on the ‘Secret Sauce’ made it actually something special.
I have spent a lot more to learn a lot less. I am sure you have too. Canvas is expensive. Spray Paint is expensive. Your time is valuable. It would be great to be a college kid without a job in the summer dedicating every hour to mastering the art of Spray Paint, but this is not a reality. Paying the little money to learn from someone who knows what they are doing was an incredible opportunity which got me up to speed quick. I know you can too.