YES!

YES! - student project

I was really impatient to try this technique out. I really love it. I may come back later with something else. I am new to Illustrator. As I was asking how someone else did this technique with type, another skillshare class mentioned Offset Path. I created outlines and used Offset Path to make the outlines bigger on another layer. 

The only thing I'm not quite happy with is the Y. I'm not sure how to make the inside more even. Other than that, I'm happy with this and will more than likely update this project with something else.

Greyscale with no drop shadow

YES! - image 1 - student project

Greyscale with drop shadow

YES! - image 2 - student project

Final

YES! - image 3 - student project