IEMZA Uses a Graffiti Sketch Style for a Surreal Effect

By: Gil Haddi - Published: Feb 21, 2013 • References: facebook & unknowneditors.tumblr
For a stylistic effect, graffiti artist IEMZA developed an intriguing graffiti sketch style that turns walls into sketchpads.

Instead of using bold solid outlines that are common to most graffiti artists, this artist uses purposefully thin lines that are layered on top of each other in a cross-hatch way, much like the method an artist would use to begin a drawing. Straying from the colorful cartoon aesthetic, this street art has a dark and surreal look, like something Tim Burton might imagine.

The graffiti sketch lines done by IEMZA appear to be drawn on with a black inky pen and then filled in with dripping watercolors, although these murals are done entirely with spray paint. Stats for Hand Drawn Street Art Trending: Older & Buzzing
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Concept: Graffiti Sketch
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