My mother often noted that my father and I always draw "mean eyes." I don't agree. I think it's "guileless" that I myself have a problem with. Sempé is pretty much the master of guileless.
I am fond of his early Le Petit Nicholas series (written by René Goscinny, and illustrated by Sempé). This illustration is taken from a New Yorker cover. My subscription has lapsed, & I am missing my weekly dose of clever cartooning.
European dating! This one looks to a Vladimir Kanevsky postcard. Kanevsky was a prolific Russian watercolorist during Soviet rule. He did many deceptively simple (really, I think, masterful!) watercolors of winter forest animals.
Carved wooden mask/animal head. Permanent collection, Gardner Museum (of course, everything in this museum's collection is supposed to be permanent--it's written into the museum charter). I was about to give an elaborate explanation for the speed with which I executed this drawing. The light was failing as I worked, a big frustration. But... that is totally not the point of these dailies. They are SUPPOSED to be... unapologetic blurts.(Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA)