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sarge
One wonders...
Sun Sep 9, 2018 09:59
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...if they did that on purpose since so many use those micro-ball pens anymore instead of "real" pens, and at every Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, &c you can get tonnes of different coloured pencils and those Grumbacher oil pencils, but sweet Fanny Adams for inks. I've hunted India inks because I dilute them with methylated spirit and use them for weathering models; precious few are the places with wide selection anymore.

Of course the other reason could simply be the Chinese propensity to use the very cheapest materials they can, and slip changes past the buyers so they can get away with it onto the container, at which point they figure its the buyer's problem. Quality and long-term satisfaction such that the buyer comes back with confidence is not in the Chinese business model; "what can we get away with for a few yuan" certainly is.

On the other subject, I agree with her but perhaps not for the reasons she cites. A dragon or an ork can easily be clearly evil without any ambiguity whatsoever, why Tolkien did them no doubt. One cannot but notice his array of characters are easily (and non-offensively) identified as good, evil, or at worst slightly tainted but not very much. Its easy to understand the array of forces.

Human vs. human takes a bit more development to for the reader to array before the real conflict starts, unless its Nazis which everyone seems to be in general agreement about. Where I agree this is the better place to go is the bit you mention about realism. Coexisting elves, dwarves, humans and such smacks too much of an homage if not outright plagarism, and aliens (other than the Creators) need handled with care before one becomes ensnared in standardised sci-fi.

Now, a world where the various hominids might co-exist (with different names than the anthropological world has bestowed) could be fun, otherwise, agreed. Stick with humans...

...and dogs, cats, and the odd hedgehog as familiars. Grin!

  • Got a ha'porth of tar? - mike, Sat Sep 8 17:15
    I like the Daler/Rowney sketchbooks that Walmart sells very reasonably priced, 110 pages hardbound (not tear out) marked as being suitable for pencil and pen and ink. Well as long as you don't want... more
    • One wonders... - sarge, Sun Sep 9 09:59
      • I might want your opinions chaps - mike, Sun Sep 9 14:06
        Note the plural, Roger. I would like to try a few test pieces without being expected to continue any of them in the same vein? Your thoughtful criticisms will be welcomed but that's on the basis of... more
        • Re: I might want your opinions chaps - roger, Mon Sep 10 10:17
          Mike, I'll make comments if I have any. I once did this for "Tramp" and he took exception to my calling what became his book "Live Cell" science fiction. He never asked my opinion again. I still... more
        • I'm in. - sarge, Sun Sep 9 14:57
          Give it a go!
      • I was anxiously a response! - mike, Sun Sep 9 11:14
        However the wait made me work on my art and thats good because it helps me to think as I paint and draw. Merkel is buried - I remembered a long ago character I started work on but never had anywhere... more
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