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Marea (the tide)

Hello,

My name is Christina and I am a junior graphic designer doing in-house design for a software startup. I graduated from the Art Institute in March and some of my favorite projects in school were those that I did hand lettering or illustration for. I want to improve my lettering skills and hope to someday focus on lettering/calligraphy/chalkboard projects as the bulk of my work. 

For this project, I chose to write Marea, who is my oldest niece. The name translates to "tide" in Spanish. I have a tattoo in the shape of a M that also looks like waves on my neck that is for her. She is very special to me and is very intelligent, creative, and funny. She likes to do pretty much anything - dress up, play with dolls, draw, skateboard, surf, and play a ton of sports. I want her name to be pretty like her, but also stand very strong just like she is. I am also toying with having some sort of wave element (to represent the tide) or making the swashes and flourishes look like waves. This project will be the first step in my creating a handwritten birthday card for her 11th birthday in October.

Here are my initial sketches:

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