Bose Collins Builds Steampunk Bird for HarperCollins
Bose Collins created the jacket for a upcoming Alloy Entertainment book to be published by HarperCollins in September. (Stay tuned for the title and author!) "I approached Bose Collins after seeing the beautiful, mechanical parts in its portfolio," explained Liz Dresner, a designer at Alloy Entertainment. "I began with a comp depicting a hummingbird made from watch parts – that was the imagery I had on hand – and I asked them to move a bit away from that. They did a great job finding textures, and balancing the feathers and delicate elements with the metallic and more machinelike elements. The result is gorgeous."
Nathan Collins called the feathers "the trickiest components. We started with the hummingbird's head and body using illuminated details to add a futuristic, robotic feeling, and the feathers were sort of filaments ... but it didn't look right. We wanted to maintain the same visual language so we added in cogs, arms, and structures that one wouldn't see in nature." The process – which included outlining and building the CGI animal, fine-tuning the colors, and post-producing in Photoshop – took about a month. The team set the bird against a stock cityscape.
"We knew the cover would be magical as it was developing," Collins remarked. "Have you had the inkling, as you're working on something, that it will turn out to be special? We felt that the entire time."