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Alyssa Parmenter

Letterer, Writer, Typography-finatic

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Game of Thrones DropCapLettering

Hi Jessica and Fellow Classmates,

My name is Alyssa (@AlyssaParmenter almost everywhere) and this project is exactly what I need to get into the groove of lettering.

As a designer I want to specialize, and typography is what I'm always drawn back to, but I do not have the patience to create a typeface or perfect calligraphy, hence why I am here.

The book I'll be basing the drop cap on is Game of Thrones from the George R.R. Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire. I've read the entire series and I am excited to revisit the first edition to the series again and view it with a specific plan in mind.

If you have never read the books and only know the title from the HBO series one thing I should mention is every chapter is narrated by a different person in the universe. We go from seeing the world as a wearied war veteran to his daughters POV in a matter of a few chapters, so the variety in this book is something I will need to tackle. At this moment I am leaning towards focusing on Winterfell, specifically Ned Stark's descriptions (unless my re-reading unveils another who I want to embody in letter-form).

I'll be posting in phases, the first being the brainstorming section. I did go slightly ahead and started to research some typefaces that align with my mind's eye of the drop cap, as you can see alongside my notes below.

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My goal is to work on this daily – at least a half hour a day. Anyone here a big GOT fan? Shout-out below! :)

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