Reviews For The Journal and Sketchbook of Calla Brandybuck

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Reviewer: Kaylee Arafinwiel (Signed)
03/03/12 - 11:13 pm
11 Astron S.R. 1370

Dear Dreamflower, This is so cute! I love Cousin Calla, and I hope to see more of her Sketchbook! I am wondering, of course, about her place in the family trees...you know me! The first thing to know about any hobbit is to whom they are related! Miss Dora said so, and she knows. I think Drogo will like the present a lot! I do! How much do you know about Cousin Calla? I want to know everything...I must be part Took! Lol! At least I didn't ask you to name all the stars, all living things, and relate the history of all Middle Earth and Over-heaven and the Sundering Seas...just Cousin Calla. What does/would Cousin Calla think of inquisitive Tooks, Gandalf, Big Folk, Brandybucks, and half-Brandybuck Bagginses getting mixed up with the gardener's lad on a quest to save the world as they know it?



Author's Response:

I have to tell you that Cousin Calla made her first appearance in a Marigold's Challenge story I wrote of the same name:  Cousin Calla.  But I must warn you ahead of time that the story is rather sad and angsty, and that her first appearance was also her last, if you know what I mean.  She's been briefly mentioned in a few other stories, but the only other one in which she actually has a "speaking part" so to speak was in September Days Across the Brandywine. But she is mentioned in several other stories as having been Frodo's art teacher when he lived in Brandy Hall.

I do have bunnies for more stories about her sketchbook, but I also have to be satisfied with the accompanying sketches.  I am not nearly as good an artist as I have described her being.  Which is why this has not been updated again; I have to make the drawings as well.

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Reviewer: CrackinAndProudOfIt (Signed)
03/02/12 - 03:04 pm
11 Astron S.R. 1370

That was lovely! Your imagery: the way you described the intricate details of everything in the story, from the bee on Frodo's jacket to the different species of flowers was just beautiful. I love the natural style of it; this really does feel like one is just reading Calla's journal! You give information in the easiest fashion about her life, doings, and relationships; it's a wonderful way to introduce this character.


 


I also like your artistic interpretation of Primula and Frodo. At first glance, it doesn’t seem very detailed, more like just a simple sketch, but when I look closely at it, it’s neat to see the different plants at the foot of the tree, the yellow shading in the tree’s boughs, and the texture of its bark. Your images of the hobbits themselves are lovely as well! I love their clothes (once again, so detailed!) and the expressions on both of their faces.


 


I also love how you're telling it: pairing the sketches and the journal entries. This adds to the vibe that we're just peeking over her shoulder as she records in picture and word her life in the Shire. I enjoyed this first entry, and I very much hope that you continue!


-Crackers



Author's Response:

Thank you so much!  It's always nice to get a new review for something that's been up a while!  I am hoping that Cousin Calla will be inspired to do something else soon.

I appreciate the kind words about the picture as well.  This is one of my few attempts to render actual people-- I don't feel that figures and faces are one of my strongest points, but I was so glad these two came out well enough to post.  My idea of hobbit-style is much more influenced by Kate Greenaway than by the movies, so I am very glad you liked the clothing!

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Reviewer: RS9 (Signed)
06/05/11 - 11:19 am
11 Astron S.R. 1370

I'm all choked up just knowing the future for these two.  The drawing is lovely and the ficlet just enhances the beauty of it.

So much tranquility in this scene.  And I love Frodo's face.  I just want to pinch it.

 



Author's Response:

Thank you so much!  I love that fanfic makes us able to imbue the subtext of canon even to the fluffiest of pieces!  The reader always knows what's going to happen, and it lends a very special color to what is happening.  And I'm glad you liked the little scene.  I seldom draw people, so I was pleased with how it came out.

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Reviewer: Elf of cave (Signed)
05/28/11 - 12:41 pm
11 Astron S.R. 1370

What a sweet picture! I especially like the dress and hairy feet :)



Author's Response:

Thank you!  I always imagine the upper class hobbits in a sort of Regency mode.  And I love my hobbits to have hairy feet, and not just little tufts on top!  I'm glad you liked it!

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Reviewer: pandemonium_213 (Signed)
05/22/11 - 09:07 am
11 Astron S.R. 1370

This is absolutely charming, Dreamflower!  The ficlet and the sketch harmonize perfectly as I'm sure was intended. :^)  Together, they portray a heartbreakingly poignant moment because we, as the readers, know what the future portends for this precocious and innocent young hobbit-boy.

And I love the details for the flowers, Primula's white lawn dress, and in the picture especially, mother and son's furry feet!



Author's Response:

I know what you mean about heartbreaking: it's a very special feature of fanfic that the fluffiest fluff can have bittersweet undertones, merely because both reader and writer know what's going to happen!

I have to say, I'm very influenced by Kate Greenaway when it comes to my ideas of hobbits-- there's something hobbity to me about her art, and I sort of emulate her style. 

And I love hobbits to have a full foot of fur, instead of just a wee tuft on top!  *grin*

This reminds me that I need to upload "Cousin Calla" here!

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