I still have not found something that I really like, or really think that it will cause a stance. Not type wise or sketch wise. I admit, not going the illustrative, cartoon character route is challenging to my inner being. It's really cutting me deep.
So I went out to get different supplies, glue, crayons, spray paint...just to see what will and what will not work. Here is my experimenting with a mixture of glue stick, hot glue, and crushed coffee beans:
I grew fond of the "i" that came out in the last picture there. As I looked at the others, the hot glue did not help me in the finished look. With that said, my future endeavors with this experimentation will have to stick with glue sticks.
I scanned the "i" into my computer, fixed it up in Photoshop, and live traced it in Illustrator. Here are some experimenting I did with the "i" and different other fonts here:
Hopefully this will lead me somewhere to pushing more ideas, instead of pushing my head against the wall.
More trials to come soon.