Something I really enjoy about sharing a workspace with other illustrators and designers is not only seeing their work, but being able to work together or for each other on certain projects. Ping Zhu, one of the illustrators in my studio, recently redesigned her site, and I offered to help design a logotype for her site in exchange for a portrait that she drew of me.
My idea for the logotype was to create something that felt very distinctly like her handwriting and brushwork. I asked her to draw her name a few times to see how she drew specific letters. I was particularly interested in her single stroke 'P' and 'Z', and also the character of the 'G'.
The final logotype incorporated the casualness of these letters.