sketching on the train - finding time for art practice

Yesterday we took the Skytrain out to the suburbs to have dinner at Graham's parents' place. I packed my sketchbook in my purse on the off chance that I could get a seat and get some sketching done.

It was my lucky day! 

  From the sketchbook of Jess Couture

From the sketchbook of Jess Couture

I wasn't working on anything in particular. I have been wanting to incorporate some abstract whimsical trees into a piece, so I spent some time drawing trees I was seeing out the window. And after I got tired of that I sketched some elements from the patterns on women's clothes on the train. Lastly I drew that odd face representing the person who coughed for the whole 45 minute train ride. I feel bad about it now but all I could think on the train is that I'm probably breathing in those coughs. 

  From the sketchbook of Jess Couture

From the sketchbook of Jess Couture

  From the sketchbook of Jess Couture

From the sketchbook of Jess Couture

I love odd the little fish, which was inspired by a lady's tote bag that was covered in fish. I feel inspired to incorporating these elements into upcoming patterns. Maybe not the coughing face though. 

This is proof that just carrying around a sketchbook helps you take advantage of the pockets of downtime we encounter in our days.