Suitcases again! Three years ago, I was painting peanuts with arms and legs but no facial features, some carrying suitcases. I might like to migrate like some birds, and go North for the summer someday, to escape this 100+ heat. The bird and his luggage is a small sketch with a fountain pen and wet brush, on graph paper. There were numerous things doodled around him but I liked the bird best.
This portrait is ink pen with a wet brush, and is about 8 x 11 inches. None of my “people” are attractive. I’m sure that has been due to a lifelong preference for animals that has always made me make people very weird. It amuses me. I love doing gaping maws with big teeth, too. If I start to draw with absolutely no plan in mind, a big toothy mouth frequently appears on my paper. Along with the chickens, etc, that are also favorite subjects.
The companion piece is in the same sketchbook, same technique. Maybe I was thinking of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” (I hate that painting for some reason, even though I like Vermeer and his style. Maybe it was just shown one too many times in Art History or something.)
I must have worked out the ugly people thing with these two portraits, because it was a couple days later I was back to drawing birds again.
As there is no single, correct meaning to such spontaneously sketched beings, you may interpret their meanings differently!