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Nikita Prokhorov

A round-robin experiment encouraging you to show up and practice hand lettering and calligraphy every single day. Each month, we invite a new member of The Craymunity to hold the keys to the Instagram account while creating a daily challenge based on a theme of their choice.



Nikita is a lettering artist and graphic designer with over a decade of experience that covers the gamut of non-profit, education, publishing, and agency work. Ambigrams and hand-lettering have been his passion for a very long time, and he spends many of his waking hours refining his craft. Currently, Nikita teaches full time at the Shillington School of Design in NYC and freelances on the side. Nikita frequently makes bad and good (original!) puns that make people groan and roll their eyes 🙄

Sounds like he’ll fit right in 😐

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What made you want to take over the account and how did you benefit from managing it?

I wanted to push my lettering out of my comfort zone. For the longest time, I've avoid brush lettering and any tools associated with it. This was a great way to break through my fear.

Did you really spend 20 minutes each day throughout the challenge? If so, do you think practicing 20 minutes a day for an entire month helped improve your lettering?

I spent 30-60 minutes lettering, plus another 15-30 minutes gathering images and writing up copy (most of it was written by me, but some content was copy/pasted).

What resources did you find most helpful?

  • Looking at Crayligraphy tutorials and account.

  • Looking at work of other Edu-craytors (or is it Crayjucators...gah...I always get those confused!).

  • Looking at brush lettering from other artists.

What challenges did you face during your challenge month?

My only challenge was trying to improve and not fall within a comfort zone of specific lettering - all on a straight line, all at an angle, etc. Making time for it wasn't an issue, because I really got into the lettering, as well as the educational aspect of the theme.

What was your favorite part of hosting an entire month of prompts on @20MinutesOfCray?

For me personally - seeing my work improve!
For others - seeing everyone else's work, submissions and improvement!

What advice would you give someone who’s interested in taking on the challenge either as the host or a participant?

Doooooeeeeettttt! It's worth the time and effort.

Are you planning to continue your practice and if so, how will you stay committed?

Due to some obligations for the next month, I may not be able to participate daily, but will definitely post here and there!


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