I gave you a sneak peek at this girl back around V-Day, but here's the finished set.
I've put this one up on Patreon
, but it's free -- you can go look at it and download the little PDF booklet, or the individual pics. You can also share it on Facebook. The tumblr post is right over here
, if you wanna share that
. I'd like to pull in a few more patrons this month, considering how rough things have been.
Baby Stardust has kind of an epic story.
Back when Bear and I first met in bellydance class, she had this little G1 Baby Firefly on the dashboard of her truck. It enabled us to strike up a conversation about My Little Ponies, and we sort of formed a friendly acquaintance based on that and on a mutual love of The Last Unicorn. We hung out a few times, she bought some ponies off me, but we sort of fell out of touch.
She moved to Alaska, then Washington State. We reconnected via the internet, she visited a few times, and then a year and a half ago or thereabouts, she moved back here to Oklahoma where she was promptly inducted into our geeky gaming-and-bad-movies group. Everyone loved her, because she's easy to love.
She also brought all her old ponies with her, and unloaded some of them on me for custom bait . . . including that Baby Firefly. I knew it was her because of the sticky on her back hoof from being stuck to the dashboard. I hid her away. Someday, I knew, I was gonna do something really special with her.
We became really good friends. Really good. Like, drift-compatible we-named-our-jaeger good. Hung out all the time, RP partners, dorking about everything, just . . . really good friends.
Meanwhile, everyone in the world -- including a random shop owner in Eureka Springs and
The Actual Bear herself -- realized that we were a couple.
Vacations were had.
A clue was found. It belonged to me.A train ride happened. Certain words were said.
And the next morning I woke up early and went out before she got up to grab a thing she'd seen the day before and wanted.
On the way, I impulsively ducked into a little shop and saw a gorgeous dichroic glass necklace (like this one
, but not that one) with a tree on it. Stunning little thing. From all the way across the shop I was like "YES THAT I WILL TAKE THAT ONE PLEASE" and I bought it without even looking at the price.
And I brought it back to her in bed and gave it to her and she was so utterly delighted and it was lovely.
But a couple of months later, the glass tile broke off the bail and was lost somewhere along her delivery route. Her beautiful necklace was no more.
Then I remembered Baby Firefly. A plan was born.
I made this little gal.
I wanted her to look like the dichroic glass. I think she does. I had to color correct these photos so they would show the green tint on her legs, and may have gone a little overboard with it in a couple of places, but the first two are pretty accurate.
The pictures simply do not
do her justice. How she shimmers. I painted her base coat in pure pthalo blue lightened with pearlescent paint, then sponged more pearl over her to make highlights on her rump, face, wings, and legs. I layered watered down color and watered down pearl paint over her several times, building up a really vivid iridescent effect. I used two different kinds of blue -- one purplish, one greenish -- on her body, used green on her legs near the horizon, and purple on her cheeks, ears, nose, and wingtips.
Then I added a whole ocean of shimmering pearlescent stars among the trees. And when that was done, I rehaired her with Dollyhair nylon in Diamond, a stunning new sparkling white that I adore
I am very, very proud of her!
I was still nervous, but when I gave her to The Actual Bear, she was delighted. (Of course she was.
But I was still really nervous.)
Anyway. That's the story!
Thank you guys for sticking with me!