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Bde Maka Ska

I'm from Minnesota where a local lake was just renamed to rid it of its negative racial ties. The Dakota name was re-introduced: Bde Maka Ska, or "White Earth". Although Ricardo suggested we letter our city, I feel like the name of the lake is more representative of my city's increasingly progressive attitude (especially in thanks to the local educators and protesters).

After completing the alphabet warm-up, I took Ricardo's advice and did a little digging on letterforms at designspiration.com. Made some quick sketches of a few I liked:

 

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Then moved to sketching the lake name out. Here's 2/4 of the pages:

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I liked the idea of using a wavy "M" to represent the water of the lake. I also chose a white ink on brown paper to represent the translation, "White Earth." 

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I photographed using the recommended F6 and ISO200. I put some putty between the lettering and a blue piece of scrapbook paper from Michaels. It's night time over here, so the lighting was poor. I had a hard time color correcting and it came out a bit orangy. I used the liquify tool to fix up my small letters, and edited out the toothy paper with the clone stamp. Here's the final:

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Next time I'd photograph using daylight and spend a bit more time on the smaller letters. I'd also make the shadow a dark brown instead of black -- it looks more dirty than shadowy. 

For more of my work check out my instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/erkuchera/. Thanks for viewing!

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