I've always loved graphic design, illustration, and font design.
As a kid I once requested a "lettering set" for Christmas.
I still have it - a small Speedball set with two plastic nib-holders, a handful of nibs, and a little red booklet showing a few fonts.
I don't recall ink being included in the gift. Which might help to explain why initially, instead of mastering the pens, I took a marker and taught myself to draw the "Old English" font. It was the only one I liked, with its pointy gothic serifs and embellishments. I would outline the letters over and over until I could make them fluidly. Then I'd fill them in.
I can still draw that font by heart.
Over the years I've done a number of hand-drawn, ink-and-paper graphic and illustration projects. I never studied the art, just figured it out as needed. Eventually, when it became evident I was going to need to do some things digitally, I took one five-session Illustrator class.
It was concentrated and fast-paced, and I had to practice rigorously to get the hang of it. I'm still pretty much a beginner at the program.
I've enjoyed the projects I've done, learning a tremendous amount on the job. Since I never intended to make a career of graphic design, I only ever did things I wanted to do and could have complete control of. One of the most fun was this wild boar on a bike, created for Cinghiale Cycling Tours, a small, private touring company run by ex-cycling pro, Andy Hampsten.
Since I'm just finishing up a jersey design for Andy, I decided to post Spidi Cinghiale and the special lettering I created to match.
If you want a t-shirt (with the boar only, last year's was pink on brown), you'll have to go ride your bike around Tuscany - or contact Cinghiale on their website. They just might have some for sale.