Worked up another rough draft. I'm thinking it could be nice to have straight letters rather than the below scriptish approach. This way the letters look they are "rooted" by the vines instead of so flowy. Need to play around with composition and add vines/leaves on this one.
So I wasn't going to post this initial sketch since it's so rough--but we are here to learn so what the heck. My phrase is "Eat Your Greens"
I'm not totally happy with the letter forms yet--especially the "n" and "s" of greens. And I need to work on letter spacing and letter/leaf consistency quite a bit.
My plan (once I have a finalized sketch) is to have the thick parts of the letters look like leaves, and the thin parts the vines. Then I will add another layer of vine swirled around the skinny areas. The vines will continue around the phrase more than they do now.
Overall, I am happy with the general concept--but it is back to the drawing board for me! Will post progress.