Applying colour, writing tags, manipulating letters, shading and creating shadows, making items glow, and creating characters are just some of the tips shared by Scape Martinez in his new book, Graff 2: Next Level Graffiti Techniques. As Martinez says in his introduction, “…graffiti art is a call-and-response culture. It was the first blog, the first social network, high tech with no tech.” Martinez discusses supplies for working on paper and walls, as well as the various techniques that produce different effects. The step-by-step instructions for a couple of projects make it very tempting to get out there with a spray can, but Martinez does encourage practice first. Great visuals, clear instructions and a three-page glossary make this a terrific reference guide to a very honest art form.
Paperback, 128 pages. Impact, 2011. $16.49 at Amazon.