So, we're starting our 4th and final project in typography. It consists of illuminated letters based off of a contemporary counterpart artist, which we select. We start by selecting 6 artists (those will be posted soon). From there, we narrow the selection down to three and create an illuminated/drop cap letter that conveys the feeling, style, and color palette of the chosen artist. Below I have some examples and an explanation of illuminated letters.
An illumination is an embellishment, or additional decoration that enhances the pages of a written, or manuscript page. The term comes from the term illuminate, or to fill with light. This effect is achieved with the application of gold leaf to the letters and and images, which reflect light and appear to glow.
An illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page or paragraph. It was always enlarged and in color with gold applied in areas.
The contemporary counterpart to the illuminated letter is known as the drop cap. A drop cap is an oversized, first letter in a paragraph.