Thanks! - student project

I'm new to lettering and to illustrator and this is the first class that really solidified how to use the pen tool. I have found the handles and angles to be quite confusing until now. There was something about seeing them as only vertical or horizontal that just clicked and made added clarity as to how to adjust the handles to get things to match up. Yay!

This was my initial sketch once scanned: 

Thanks! - image 1 - student project

This was my final vectorized and colored version:

Thanks! - image 2 - student project

And here are my beautiful handles:

Thanks! - image 3 - student project