Spared No Expense

Spared No Expense - student project

Step 2: Outlining

So I started outlining, and it goes from thin to fat waaaay to quickly:

Spared No Expense - image 1 - student project

And I tried to use the smooth tool to even things out, but I don't think it's working with this. I wonder if it would be easier with CS5 and the width tool?

Stage 1: Research
Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Phillips, and I have a BFA in Graphic Design. I love typography and I do a lot of lettering, but I want to take my projects to the next level.

I completely changed what I wanted to do. At first, I was going to do a "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there", from Alice in Wonderland but I couldn't make it come alive in any of my sketches. I was joking around with some phrases from Jurrasic Park, and this is what I came up with:

Spared No Expense - image 2 - student project

This is after I scanned it into the computer. I then edited it a little in illustrator to get a better mock up of the layout:

Spared No Expense - image 3 - student project

Any advice/comments/critiques would be greatly appreciated. This is my first time working with flourishes. I think the word "spared" looks too thick right now, and like it better in the sketch.