If you feel frustrated or uninspired, get yourself confortable and take look at this tutorial. Topics covered: typography fundamentals and pathfinders and shape modes in Adobe Illustrator. ComputerArts.co.uk
"Recent Computer Arts cover illustrator Tom Lane reveals how he uses Illustrator and Fontographer to create impressive decorative typefaces that can be used to inject something special into your work.
Decorative illustrations, paintings and typefaces have inspired artists for centuries, and re-working historical design elements or even bringing life to your own sketches and doodles is a great way to create exciting illustrative elements with a contemporary edge." Full tutorial and files