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Uploaded: March 17, 2013
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 12
Updated: March 17, 2013
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So since the lesson on Swag got so many likes and comments, I thought I would make another graffiti style tutorial on "how to draw the Harlem Shake", step by step. The Harlem Shake is a dance that has been getting a lot of attention. So much attention in fact, it's been viral on Youtube for a while. I'm not a big graffiti artist which means my lettering skills are not on point. Even though, I still think you will enjoy drawing the Harlem Shake regardless. You can tweak this version of the dance description letters if you like. I will be back with more drawing fun. Adios people!

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How to Draw the Harlem Shake, Harlem Shake

how to draw the harlem shake, harlem shake step 1

STEP 1.

The first thing you will need to do is draw out the handwritten letters that spell "harlem shake".
 
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STEP 2.

Start one letter at a time. I chose to go with the city style of graffiti which is a block looking style. The letters should come out looking messy but in a block manner.
 
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STEP 3.

Here you will draw the next letter which is a lower case A.
 
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STEP 4.

Draw the R next, and remember to add the shading and surface flaws like cracks, and dents.
 
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STEP 5.

The L should be pretty simple because it's just moving your pencil down, right and up.
 
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STEP 6.

Almost done with making the letters that spell Harlem. Draw in the E, then add the same style surface flaws.
 
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STEP 7.

Draw in the M to finish the word Harlem, then you will be ready to start spelling the next word which is 'shake'.
 
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STEP 8.

Okay, so begin the drawing design for the S, then add those quirky detailing lines and marks.
 
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STEP 9.

You will keep on going with making the letters for Shake from Harlem Shake. The H is a lower case letter which it might be a bit tricky because of the hump.
 
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STEP 10.

Draw in another A the same way you did the A from the word Harlem.
 
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STEP 11.

Lastly, draw in the K and E, both are in lower case form. Add detailing then erase the mistakes.
 
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STEP 12.

Here is the final drawing when you are all done. Color in your graffiti style letters, then show people what you have just made.