Monday, January 18, 2010

Graffiti Online

Lately there has been an emergence of sites such as Graffiti PlayDo, which offer would be graffiti artists and ‘vandals’ the opportunity to create street art indoors, from their computers.
The basic premise of the site is pretty simple. As soon as you enter, you put in a name, so you can be whoever you want to be while you do your art. It’s basically to distinguish you from the other artists, and if you’re good enough, you can end up being featured on a wall. That’s a big ‘if’ though.
Then you choose a ‘scene’. This is the fun part. There are four public rooms where you paint with others users. These are called ‘Public room’, where basically anyone can play, and then there are more specific rooms: ‘Old School’ ‘Serious Art’ and ‘No Rules’. In here you can paint whatever you want with aerosol cans. You get a bunch of different colours and spray sizes, as well as shapes such as hearts and starts. (See below) Mucking about in these rooms is fun, you get to see other artists at work, and you contribute to some pretty good looking stuff. My only gripe is that the other artists can rub out your art with their handy dandy cloth tool, which can really get annoying.
However, if you’re not so socially inclined, or actually wanna finish a piece without interruption, you can choose a private room, which you can name anything you want. Again, you can paint whatever you want, this time without interruptions, and your work stays in one piece. I think it goes without saying that this is my favourite room. So, because I like embarrassing myself, here are two screenshots of some art that I did. First attempts, don't laugh. Well, try not to at any rate.

My first two attempts. Yeah, the second isnt much better, and possibly less creative than the first one. I told you it was bad.
So, basically, this site is a good way to get all your creative energy out, without going outside and drawing on the side of someone’s house, and potentially getting arrested. Coz, really, we don’t want that happening.
So, go and paint till your hearts content, and don’t break any laws while you’re at it. I can almost guarantee that anything you paint will be better than mine.


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