Throwback Thursday - Some illustrations I did a couple of years ago now: Dragons and their captains of the Aerial Corps (as well as Praecursoris & Choiseul) from Naomi Novik's Temeraire series of novels. These books have always been some of my very favorites. (the last piece was colored by pal Jeremy Mohler).
i just wanted to draw laurence in a top hat and then i got carried away with the fancy clothes and tharkay ended up in there and i didn’t even actually manage to draw the top hat and what i’m trying to say is regency fashion is my favorite thing in the entire world
Temeraire Series: In His Majesty’s Service - Part 2
“But if we have more liberty than we ought,” Laurence said, after a moment, struggling through, “it is because they have not enough: the dragons. They have no stake in victory but our happiness; their daily bread and nation would give them just to have peace and quiet. We are given licence so long as we do what we ought not; so long as we use their affections to keep them obedient and quiet, to ends which serve them not at all— or which harm.”
"How else do you make them care?" Granby said. "If we left off, the French would only run right over us, and take our eggs themselves."
"They care in China," Laurence said, "and in Africa, and they care all the more, that their rational sense is not imposed on, and their hearts put into opposition with their minds. If they cannot be woken to a natural affection for their country, such as we feel, it is our fault, and not theirs.”
-A Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
Temeraire Series: In His Majesty’s Service - Part 1
"If you would like to have your ship back," Temeraire said, "I will let someone else ride me. Not him, because he says things that are not true; but I will not make you stay."
Laurence stood motionless for a moment, his hands still on Temeraire’s head, with the dragon’s warm breath curling around him.
"No, my dear," he said at last, softly, knowing it was only the truth. "I would rather have you than any ship in the Navy."
-His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Birds Of A Feather | by Claire Rosen.
A brilliant live portrait series by Claire Rosen featuring vintage wallpaper backdrops to accentuate and highlight the colors of each bird, which range from the common Parakeet to the exotic Hyacinth Macaw.
As seen on: Honestly WTF.