My friend, Pam. I hope she's not offended by how I portray her sometimes but she seems to be a pretty good sport about it.
A good ol' sunset.
And some ice cream trucks.
I got great advice from this dude who's the creative director at Four in Hand and he told me this exercise that anybody who's serious about cartooning should do until their fingers fall off:
1) Take any subject you see and draw it as simply as possible.
2) Draw another version of the subject using only geometric shapes.
3) Compare the two drawings, and think about what is the ESSENCE of the subject?
4) Now draw the essence.
Deep, but useful.