How A Street Artist Creates Fake Neon Lights With Spray Paint

How A Street Artist Creates Fake Neon Lights With Spray Paint

– My name's Straker, I'm a graffiti artist from Perth, Australia. I'm best known for my neon style that replicates the look of
neon signs using spray paint. I started painting back in late '95 as a graffiti artist working
mainly with lettering. I was painting a sports bar. I figured neon would be a fitting style. That kind of led to doing one
kind of cheerleader piece. I liked the look of it, and
then kind of kept going with it. It always, for me, starts
with like a black background. The best kind of surface
for the neon style would be one that's flat. No brick mortar joints
interrupting the flow. I start by painting what becomes the reflection of the neon. (lo-fi hip hop music) Then layer that with the color, creating the glow. (lo-fi hop hop music) Then come back and do an offset outline, which becomes the kind of
neon tube, so to speak. And then mist color back over the top to kind of finish it off. Whenever I'm creating a neon piece, I'm doin' it true to how a neon sign maker would create it. You don't have an infinite length of line, you kind of have to think about if I were bending this, how would it work? So I like to, yeah,
really kind of put myself in their shoe. As far as planning a wall goes, I generally take a photo of the site that's it's gonna go, and more recently, been using the iPad where I then essentially
do the same process, but just kind of like, finger
painting on the tablet. It's almost like I'm spray painting, but just digitally. This style is fast. I spend more time getting the design right than panting itself. I'm a fast painter though, you know, I grew up painting at nighttime
under, you know, pressure. It takes about five to
50 minutes, I'd say, depending on colors and size. I use a variety of
materials when I'm painting, it all depends on the size of the wall. The bigger the wall, the more
I'm gonna use bucket paint, rollers, anything to
apply paint, you know? Getting clean lines with the spray can's a lot
easier than it ever has been, due to the brands of
paint made specifically for that kind of art. It really comes down to can control, how much you press that nozzle down. I use as many fluorescent
spray cans as possible to create my work. The downside to fluorescent colors is they fade really quickly, so the work has a pretty short life span when it's outdoors. A lot of people always ask like, "Does it glow, does it glow, you know?" and I'm like, oh, no, it doesn't, but I guess that's kind of
almost thinking it's real. And if you put a blacklight on these, they fully pop out and
look like they're glowing. I think people are
attracted to it, you know? It's designed to catch your eyes.

33 thoughts on “How A Street Artist Creates Fake Neon Lights With Spray Paint

  1. Awesome 'Straker' (my nephew Drew Straker! :^) – Have added to my playlist 'Straker the Muralist' with some more DV's on his art from… :

  2. FINALLY someone that can claim "artist" for real. There are sooooooooooo frew real street artists! AND he is not making it on the wall ! Much much thumbs up! He is the tipical artist , who i would congratulate if i met him ! WELL DONE !

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