Isn't it great? This is literally exactly how I imagined the bird in the book. It's not exactly how I described it, I don't think. If I remember right I only mention brass and oil-black eyes, and so the cover artist made the bird completely out of brass, which is awesome and works perfectly for the cover, but while writing I imagined the birds as iron-grey.
Mine was sculpted and painted by an artist known as Purplecat, who blogs, and tweets, and makes perfumes, and is just rather obviously an all-round talented person. My sister met her on an art forum, ah do buh-leev, and got me one of her clockwork birds for Christmas a while back. I liked steampunk before then, but I had never actually owned anything steampunk-ish, so it was a terribly exciting present to get. And since I had just started writing a book about changelings and politicians and magic, I was all like, "OH. THIS BIRD IS COOL. THERE SHOULD CLOCKWORK BIRDS IN THE BOOK AS WELL."
So they were, and they ended up being a fairly big plot point. Thus, I thought it long overdue that Purplecat get a shout-out post, and I wanted to show off the other steampunk creatures of hers that I have anyway, so here gooooes!
The bird was the first creature in my steampunk zoo. The second was...
|Watchoo lookin' at, hngg?|
Zoo Inhabitant Numbah Three...
A clockwork mouse. This one's not in the book. But look at its dopey little hannnnnds. And the flower in its tail. I don't know why that flower is in its tail. It's probably deeply significant.
|What do I call this masterpiece of point-and-shoot photography? "Clockwork Mouse Looking Pensively Across the Herb Garden with Stupid Orange Date in Corner." |
*audience applauds wildly clap-clap-clap- CLAP*
Purplecat just gave it to me. Like, for nothing. Like, for free. Like, seriously. Like, who is that cool.
And all together THEY LOOK LIKE THIS:
|See the treads? Also, the lizard-chameleon-thingy is being very stealthy and blending into the foliage. It's possible it's a ninja-lizard-chameleon-type-thingy.|