Thought it would be fun to draw a young Richard Wagner in conté. So I did: 

Distinct features and a giant genius forehead make for good practice!

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Interestingly, my basset, Roediger, sat down on the drawing in progress on several occasions, then spat (!) at it. He's never done that to any other artworks of mine before.

Since Roediger is already quite partial to classical-derived metal (being mine and all), and is pretty much a dog of colossal intellect (being mine and all), we might have a clear case of reincarnation at hand: going to play Ride Of The Valkyries to test the theory! ;)