Went out sketching with the awesome Mike Yates yesterday. He gave me a lot of food for thought, but the most poignant advice was one of the most simple - that we should always be thinking about making a story when we draw from life (includes people and objects). Think - really observe, don't just move your arm!
Note to self: do more cafe sketching. Quick drawings = blocking out movements + proportions + building upon those lines = more loose, storytelling drawing.
Second note to self: Study more illustrators. We should study them and take influence like we do with movies.