Published: 12th January 2021
Master the delicate art of brush-lettering with the help of this 24-year-old alumna of NIT Rourkela
Priyanjita Adhikari tells us how she started brush-lettering and how she is helping others along the way. She pursued her higher education from NIT Rourkela who she credits for boradening her horizon
For someone whose handwriting is downright terrible (no, humble adjectives like scrawny or illegible will do justice), brush-lettering seems almost like magic. And irrespective of how your handwriting is, you have to agree! One such brush-lettering artist who we came across recently is Priyanjita Adhikari. She runs the Instagram page @turtle_paints, conducts workshops and does commissioned work as well. We got chatting with the 24-year-old to find out how she grew passionate about brush-lettering and how it's not very tough to earn a little from the art, provided you know your art.
Priyanjita | (Pic: Priyanjita Adhikari)
Priyanjita credits the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, where she pursued her Bachelor's in Architecture, for offering her the exposure she needed to excel at art in general. Meeting people from across the country at this institute offered her several perspectives. But for brush-lettering in specific, she credits Instagram. "It made me really curious. And then I started learning the art from the internet and YouTube," says the youngster. And slowly, she tightened her grasp over brush-lettering and started putting her own artwork on Instagram. Whether it's going the traditional route of using a brush pen or the Procreate app, she has come a long way and feels that she is now an intermediate-level artist, who can also sketch, do charcoal painting and use watercolours, which remains her favourite medium.
In March, she is planning to conduct another online workshop on brush-lettering. Will you be attending it?
The first workshop she attended in-person was in Pune (she was there for her six-month internship). It was by Delhi Doodler, an artist, in the year 2018. The first workshop she delivered was at NIT Rourkela in 2019. And by her second workshop, she was even handing over a worksheet she specifically designed for the medium-sized batch of participants. The Rourkela-born has been freelancing. A lot! After giving up her job at a company in Bengaluru where she was working as a Junior Architect due to the pandemic, she returned to her hometown in September last year.
On display | (Pic: Priyanjita Adhikari)
Priyanjita is currently preparing for the CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design). Meanwhile, she has lettered for videos, album art, logos and much more. "If you want to get more work through brush-lettering, start collaborating with other artists or create your own website and start taking more and more workshops. It's all about creating a brand nowadays," she says.
Currently, her freelance work is on hold so that she can concentrate on preparing for the CEED exam
What is brush-lettering exactly?
- It is a form of calligraphy done with brushes
- It is done with a brush pen, a felt-tip marker with a flexible tip or a regular paintbrush with bristles
- The most basic tenant is that each time your brush moves downwards, it needs to create a thick line and while moving upwards, a thin line
Catch her on Instagram @turtle_paints