2015: I played with colors and uploaded to zazzle. Also got an email of the tattoo someone got with my design, which is beyond awesome. So glad all the time I spent (and it was a LOT) lead to a design people are enjoying!
I'll probably keep playing when the mood strikes because now I really like the "is" in the cover photo. Or I should play with this one: Always in beta.
(OLDER) UPDATE: I'm done! Getting it printed at spoonflower. It's in bright colors but I'm posting the black version here. It isn't perfect, but you know what they say...
Except now I'm looking at my sketches and thinking the "Perfect" needs to be bolder, or the "Done" less bold. gah.
As a former perfectionist and recovering procrastinator, this phrase has become my mantra.
Because I usually do more copperplate-type lettering (holiday cards) I wanted to try a more casual, chunky look. I'm also not comfortable with swashing, so I wanted to give that a go as well. Here is my starting point, once I'd gotten beyond the unfocused doodling:
The circle idea was more appealing to me. I'd like it read "Done Perfect" then when you get closer "better" then closer still read the rest. I hope that makes sense. Here is the next round of tweaks:
I'll now be working larger because the "Better" should be bigger and more decorative, like with an engraving look.
Quick mock-up in photoshop:
THe circle should be obvious, so some swashes will be needed. I like the ones at the top and if you have any ideas how to incorporate more please share!
All constructive criticism welcome. I might not follow it but I will listen!
UPDATE: last sketch scanned. On to vectorizing. Keep the comments coming, I appreciate your input!