We also used many resources from http://graffitidiplomacy.com/ to help up along in our name designs. Value shading with colored pencil and pattern design (with the metallic sticky paper in background) was a big focus of our work and reflected on our rubric.
These were a great first project to begin with since students names were so obviously drawn into the work. Hopefully they help me learn names faster this quarter!
Check out this graffiti generator for ideas on how to get started drawing names in graffiti styles.