This is literally a shot off my current palette!
Like so many of my palette gremlins these guys began as errant fingerprints and paint smears that suggested shapes to me. As time passed, I added a touch here and a brush stroke there until the abstract elements began to resolve into recognizable characters. Kinda like automatic writing but with paint. 😉 Maybe they have been lurking in my subconscious for years just waiting for a chance to appear somewhere.