Author Archives: alycevr

About alycevr

Academic, translator & maker of things

Penny’s Stonking Conk

I’m fascinated by dogs’ noses. A dog’s sense of smell is truly awesome. When I’m out in the woods with my dogs and they go into a sniffy, barky frenzy at the end of their leads it’s not often because … Continue reading

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Wolf-drawing – a portrait of O-Six

Wolves fascinate us. They also scare us – at least they used to. And now that wolves are returning to areas in which humans have previously exterminated them, we may become scared of the big, bad wolf again. I think … Continue reading

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Learning to draw. An adventure story. Episode 5.

By now we were in December and our tutor’s mind turned to wintry and vaguely Christmassy subjects. In Lesson #9 we were to try our hands at drawing a wintry landscape. We were to show an awareness of depth and … Continue reading

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Learning to draw. An adventure story. Episode 4.

Drawing lesson #7 brought a special challenge. We were drawing musical instruments. Well, the more advanced students were. Us beginners were copying a picture of a musical instrument. Mine had, shock, horror, a human being in it! As you can … Continue reading

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Sketching: Another look at Deri

My boy Deri is just ever so cute, and, because of his fur markings and the fact that his fur is short, he’s a good model for the beginner drawist. Here he is asleep on my lap. I started out … Continue reading

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Learning to draw. An adventure story. Episode 3.

In our fifth drawing lesson, us beginners were finally pitched in at the deep end: we had to draw one of those wooden dolls that, presumably, teach arts students about body shapes and movements. To get us into the mood, … Continue reading

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Sketching: a look at Penny

Penny is an all-round gorgeous dog. I love her nose. I love her big paws that look as if she’s still growing. And I love her intelligent, lively face. And so I love trying to draw her. First of all, … Continue reading

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