Show me the outline view.
This is technically similar to a logo. I'd be curious what your outline looks like and maybe we can give you some pointers on taking the tracing one step further in the production scheme.
Tracing for exercise is good. I think we all pretty much learned that way.
straight lines are easy! do something with some curves. really learn that pen tool!!
"There's something about turning the pages of a book or magazine and the felling of rubbing your hands across the words."
This is my pen tool. There are many like it, but this one is MINE. My pen tool is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My pen tool without me is useless. Without my pen tool, I am useless.
there is no grey area when it comes to 1 color logos.
I agree with what has been said above. I think you can stick with the font but the brain imagery must be re-worked. The idea is a good one but has been done a lot. That can be good or bad depending on...
I'll say the same thing I say all the time. Design your logo in black and white. And design it with a pencil and paper, not on the computer. When I design a logo, the computer is only on maybe the last...