Advent Calendar 8

My contribution to the Type Worship, Type & Lettering Advent Calendar.

Type & Lettering Advent Calendar: Day 8

I was assigned No.8 as my contribution to the Type Worship Advent Calendar, so aiming for a warm, opulent Christmas feel, I decided to create a modern interpretation of an illuminated initial.

I chose the well-know poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, which has inspired much of the festive imagery traditionally associated with Christmas, but more specifically because it introduces Santa’s eight reindeer.
I’ve display the illustrated number in context, within the text, to prove that decorated type can emphasise the story as well as any traditional image.

I’ve taken a number of liberties with grammatical and typographic conventions but strived to maintain the readability of the text. I’ve also included a few sketches for secondary drops caps that I was originally going to sprinkle around the 8, but in the end they seemed unnecessary.
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