The Chockstrich: 1 Chocobos Inspired Chicken Ostrich Fantasy Ink Fusion

Year: 2002
Size: 15×20
Medium: Ink on Illustration Board
Style: Fantasy Illustration

In the hallowed halls of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, back in 2002, the world of art was a boundless realm where creativity knew no bounds. It was in this nurturing environment that I embarked on an exhilarating journey to create my very own fantasy animal for an Animal Drawing class taught by the esteemed fantasy artist, Lisa Hunt. The result of this artistic expedition was “The Chockstrich,” a whimsical hybrid of two very distinct birds – a chicken and an ostrich – inspired by the iconic Chocobos from the popular RPG, “Final Fantasy VII.” Little did I know then that this unique creature, depicted in elegant black and white ink, would not only be a testament to the fun of artistic creation but also an homage to a beloved video game that continues to captivate audiences to this day.

The assignment was a dream come true for any budding artist, granting us the freedom to bring our imagination to life by crafting a fantasy animal. In a classroom adorned with sketches, inkwells, and an air of artistic anticipation, I set to work, embarking on a journey into the realm of mythical creatures. The creation process was a sheer delight, as I delved into the intricate art of blending and merging, drawing from the two distinct avian worlds of chickens and ostriches.

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Chicken Ostrich Hybrid Fusion Process

First came the chicken, a familiar bird, its image conjuring visions of barnyards and rural landscapes. Chickens are known for their small, plump bodies and delicate feathers, symbols of domesticity and familiarity. Then came the ostrich, an enigmatic creature, known for its towering height, powerful legs, and desert-dwelling habits. These seemingly disparate birds held vastly different positions in the avian kingdom, offering a delightful challenge for the artist in me.

What made the creative process so thrilling was the stark contrast between these two avian worlds. Chickens were creatures of comfort and confinement, their small size making them the antithesis of the sprawling, untamed ostrich. Ostriches, on the other hand, were built for speed, with legs that could carry them across the vast desert expanses. Marrying these two vastly different beings was a feat of artistic ingenuity, as I strived to strike a harmonious balance between the cozy and the wild.

The end result was “The Chockstrich,” a magnificent creature that combined the feathery charm of a chicken with the impressive stature and powerful legs of an ostrich. This harmonious fusion embodied the spirit of fantasy, where the realm of imagination knows no boundaries and the unusual becomes an epitome of beauty. With plumage that shimmered in the monochromatic palette, “The Chockstrich” was a testament to the power of artistic invention, a bird that could traverse the desert sands with grace and poise, a fitting tribute to the Chocobos from “Final Fantasy VII.”

Chocobos Inspiration of The Chockstrich​

Speaking of “Final Fantasy VII,” the iconic role-playing game had taken the world by storm when it was released in 1997. Its sweeping narrative and unforgettable characters, led by the enigmatic Cloud Strife, had captivated millions of players worldwide. Yet, among the game’s many charms, one element stood out – the Chocobo. These whimsical, yellow-feathered creatures were the steeds of the game, offering players swift and whimsical transportation across the game’s sprawling map.

Chocobos embodied the spirit of adventure, serving as both lovable companions and the key to unlocking hidden treasures. The world of “Final Fantasy VII” was brought to life by these delightful, anthropomorphic birds, a testament to the game’s commitment to whimsy and imagination.

“The Chockstrich” paid homage to this cherished symbol of the gaming world. With feathers that shimmered in the black and white ink, it was a creature that could sprint across arid landscapes with the same verve and spirit as the Chocobos. It celebrated the ability of art to transcend mediums, from video games to inked artwork.

The popularity of “Final Fantasy VII” not only rested on its captivating story and complex characters but also on the way it embraced the fantastical. The game’s success was rooted in its commitment to imaginative storytelling, and its enduring popularity over the years is a testament to the power of artistic creativity to transcend time and space.

As I look back on the creation of “The Chockstrich,” I am reminded of the limitless potential of artistic expression and the joy that can be found in crafting our own fantastical worlds. This unique creature, born from the fusion of chickens and ostriches, is a tribute to the boundless imagination that exists within all of us, and a nod to the enduring influence of “Final Fantasy VII” on the world of gaming and art.

“The Chockstrich” may have originated as an assignment in a classroom, but it stands as a testament to the enduring power of creativity and the profound impact of art in all its forms. With its vivid plumage captured in black and white ink and imaginative spirit, it continues to inspire and delight, reminding us that when it comes to art, there are no limits to what we can create and celebrate.

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