The client sent me a rough draft of Texas which had some problems. The contrast was off balance with thicks of the e, a and s which overpowered the vertical weight of the j and a. There was nothing unique in the cap T or j.
The only way to properly develop Tejas was to spend time rough sketching. Sketching is the ultimate skill to find answers for what may or may not work. After some time with pencil and paper I developed the circled version which definitely had some potential for vector lettering. The client select 2 versions to refine in vector format.