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12 scenes from life as a Dublin Bus commuter, sketched by illustrator Sarah Bowie

All the world’s a stage on public transport.

DUBLIN BASED ILLUSTRATOR, Sarah Bowie – no, David Bowie is not her uncle as clarified in this comic series - takes inspiration from all aspects of daily life.

But chief among them has been the moving theatre that is Dublin Bus.

A comic series on her Instagram entitled #DublinBus was born as an effort to maintain her passion for drawing.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie about the project, Bowie said: “I wanted to make sure I was keeping my own personal practice alive.  I’ve always loved observing people, so keeping a daily sketchbook record of my commute seemed like a good way to do it.”

The series is updated regularly with scenes of overheard conversations and amusing interactions between strangers. “Anywhere you have a group of people squished together in a confined space, there’s going to be ‘stuff’ happening,” Bowie says. “People never fail to disappoint.”

Here are some of our favourite scenes from Sarah Bowie’s notebook.

1. The morning discussion between a droner and a head-nodder

2. A seated runway of colourful furry coats on the 44

3. A congested chorus of sneezes, sniffles and coughs

4. A precarious lunchbox of porridge enjoyed on the number 14

5. A morning of misadventure captured in this double spread

6. An eventful journey on a Bus Eireann coach to Waterford, complete with half-eaten Easter eggs and hairstyles inspired by Dynasty

7. “Understated elegance” featuring muted leopard print and subtle make-up of a Monday morning

8. An incensed reminder that feet are not allowed on seats on public transport

9. Germaphobes in Edwardian accessories and aspiring actresses

10. This woman’s journey through her phone

11. A less than romantic interaction between a doting girlfriend and her existential-philosopher-turned-Celtic-twilight-poet boyfriend

12. And this cast of Dublin Bus characters

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