So. Many. Chocobos. And all shiny.
Miss Diana is all gussied up and ready for a long drive. A long, long, long drive. Well hey, it's for charity!
My first completed Desert Bus for Hope 2014 chocobo! And wow did that take... some time. In extremely massive hindsight, maybe I should have waited until Desert Bus 10 before making a Desert Bus-themed chocobo, but... Desert Bus 8, ∞, infinity and beyond... uh, there was a reason in there somewhere. Not important.
My initial thought had been another armored chocobo, which I was perfectly prepared to do, and then... well. I wanted to change up the legs a little. Changing up the legs kind of required changing up the body type a touch, which I was perfectly okay with since I'd wanted to incorporate various chocobo types. But then that meant changing up the tail and the head/face a little too, and... well, the body became more advanced, so I thought instead of armor (and accidentally making her look far too much like another chocobo I'd already made; they're each individuals) I would just go ahead and make her a little hat. Which was a production in itself, but the Desert Bus for Hope symbol came out decently (and unfortunately looks much better in person) and the hat worked out. I knew that I wanted her to have a sash of some kind, so I just decided to bead one so that I could add an optional expanding section to turn it into either a choker or a double-wrap bracelet for whoever's lucky enough to wind up with this little lady for a companion. Then came the little tail decoration. Because... I'm me and she needed more sparkly.
The result: a fully poseable bus driving chocobo! Her bottom jaw, crest, head, neck, legs, toes, wings and each individual tail feather are all individually wired. And she's just so stylish, too.
Interested in acquiring this beauty? Desert Bus for Hope starts November 14th. Keep watching the web site for details.
Likes: oranges, digging up shiny stones, wind chimes
Dislikes: those who don't appreciate the little things, baked potatoes without sour cream
I wanted to go for simplistic. I'll bet my idea of "simplistic" is very different from anyone else's. Zarina has 17 Swarovski crystals on her body, and another 8 on her fully removable (but why would you want to?) necklace.
Likes: heroes, chocolate pudding, glowy things
Dislikes: "the man", hot sauce
Her eyes are actually a very dark green rather than the black they keep showing up as in pictures. You can kinda tell, depending on your monitor. About the name... uh, yeah. Well. What can I say.
Likes: attempting to see if she can fly (she can't), jumping high, watching other birds "to see how they do it"
Dislikes: being told that she can't fly, beetles
I promise, she's a very interesting individual.
Likes: ice cream, swimming, and long summer days
Dislikes: cold and bodies of water with "no swimming" signs
You would not be in terrible error to think that he was named after Mark Twain. It's a nice bit of dedication, right? But (old) computer nerds are going to recognize TWAIN. This came about because I was repeating in my head, as I was finishing him, "I am not going to name him Tron. I am not going to name him Tron. ...But maybe I can get away with Twain." Ta-da.
Sunny's thing is taking spots. If another chocobo moves somewhere, Sunny feels compelled to take the spot they left behind, even if they're likely to return. I don't know, it's a thing. Maybe she's part cat?
Sunny is an enormous chocobo. Simple enough, yes? She's a touch over 15 inches in height to the top of her crest, 8 inches from chest to tail, and 7 inches at her widest point. She's also designed to be sitting down while leaning up against something, so she's not too great at sitting up herself. Made entirely by hand from uber-soft high-quality yarn, she's also pleasantly huggable. As for how long she took... I didn't dare keep track. Her legs alone took a day and a half.
Likes: saltwater taffy, snowball fights, whistling
Dislikes: whistling out of tune, those little patches of ice you never see until you're already halfway down a hill
This is the AMAZON QUEEN of regular chocobos. I'd wanted to see just how big of a chocobo I could make with the usual super-soft yarn, and technically... not quite this big. This girl stands at a full 11 inches tall. Once I'd put her together... she kind of collapsed. *cough* Hence, I took on the challenge of making decorative reinforcements. The crown is just... kind of decorative. It fit, you know?
Silee (left) is... inquisitive. Curious. Maybe a little likely to take something apart just to see how it works. But, you see, Silee lacks the thumbs and the patience to put things back together, as food is the other big draw for the little guy.
Ranen (right) is the chocobo you absolutely have to go to when you need a cheering up. He's the clown, the encouragement, the silly bird that will make you forget your worries for long enough to relax.