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A little exposition for your reading pleasure. With this many words, it could almost qualify as a World's Fair.

I was really astonished how well the young girl at the bottom turned out (even if I did model it from a photo). In fact, I had someone comment that Thad looked too 'cartoony' while the girl looked too 'realistic' and thus it didn't look 'consistent'.

I think I replied with some comment about consistency and hobgoblins.

Drawing completed - 24 OCT 2008
Drawing posted - 25 MAR 2009

20 JUNE 2001 Wednesday - 1400
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The tré auditorium box seat

   Paying someone else to do one's own PD was not only frowned upon, it was a punishable offence - although it had been so long since someone in Otterstow had been prosecuted for such an egregious faux pas that the terms of the punishment had been forgotten by everyone (except Ignatius, of course). "Death, Taxes and PD," the saying went.
   Some of the larger cities might have had those that got away with not doing their bit, but no city official would willingly admit to it. If they did, it was promised, sincerely or otherwise, that those responsible would have their feet held to the fire.
   There were a small minority who were beginning to suggest that perhaps the Portrayals were not actually necessary or that they were not particularly effective. These people reasoned that there always were and always would be some children that were little hellions - who would then grow up to be big hellions. Thus, their reasoning went, the Portrayals had no effect on them and, by logical extension, no serious effect on anyone else. Why, these people would ask, waste everyone's money, time and energy on such ridiculous plays. Those who espoused this particular argument wore several political monikers, notably: 'idiot', 'slaphead' and occasionally, 'convict.' No such people existed in Otterstow, of course, or if they did, they kept their opinions to themselves, much to the mayor's relief.
   Ignatius could not count the times he had seen this particular Portrayal since the first time as a tiny Kit of five. Thaddeus, the actor du semi-jour, was doing an excellent job, putting lots of feeling into his part, although Ignatius thought he might be hamming it up a little. Ignatius knew that although Thaddeus espoused some unsavoury opinions and a questionable ideology, he deeply loved children - all children. And he loved to hear them laugh.
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