Funny that I recently bought Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda. http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Gathering-Anna-Gavalda/dp/159448144X. I was attracted to the cover and also the fact that it was written by a French woman about some Parisian folks. What I didn't realize was that one of the main characters, Camille, draws. Yep, she's always taking out her sketchbook and sketching. I don't know why they showed pastels on the book cover as I'm more than half-way through and she hasn't touched a pastel. But I get a kick out of the drawing sections.
Here's a quote. "Camille sat on the laundry basket and drew the shape of the tiles, the friezes, the arabesques, the huge porcelain bathtub with its four lion's-claw feet, the worn chrome, the enormous showerhead which had been inoperable since World War I..." (I'll skip to the end).
Her sketchbook was nearly full. Only two or three more pages. She didn't have the heart to leaf through it, and she saw this as a sign. End of sketchbook, end of vacation." PP145 and 146.