Painter Suhail is the digitised version of lettering originally handpainted by signboard painter- Kafeel. Visually different from his previous style (Painter Kafeel) and named after his son, Painter Suhail is decorative and adorned with floral motifs. It consists of 8 fonts which when used together recreate the unique multi colored look of Indian Street Lettering.
How to use the font
1. Type some text in a text box
2. Make 8 copies of it and change the fonts to Painter Suhail 1, 2, 3... and 8 respectively
3. Change the colour of each font
4. Top and left align all the fonts to achieve the unique multicoloured effect of Painter Suhail
Note: It is not possible to use the multilayered Painter Suhail font on text editing softwares like word, text edit etc. where the software does not support layer overlapping
Initiated by Hanif Kureshi, Handpainted Type is a project that is dedicated to preserving the typographic practice of street painters around India. These painters, with the advent of local DTP (Desktop Publishers) shops, are rapidly going out of business with many of them switching to the quicker, cheaper but uglier vinyls. Many painters have given up their practice altogether.
The project involves documenting the typefaces of roadside painters across India and digitizing it so that it serves as a resource for present and future generations.