CSS Drop Cap – L
See the Pen Drop L by Chris Lowe (@alltimelowe) on CodePen.
Lickity Split. Set in Oleo Script Swash Caps, an Open Font License typeface, this script has a playful nature that seems to say “candy store.”
A variation on the effect used on the E drop cap, I am using the text as a mask for the background gradient. Applying an animation on the background position achieves the desired “corkscrew” effect you see in progress bars and barbershop poles.
To get the shadow I had to go about it counter-intuitively. The animated portion is actually a pseudo element positioned on top of the letter, while the letter itself is the shadow.