So it’s May 25th here, I thought I’ll go ahead and kick off the Temeraire2015 exchange party with these dragon cuddles for deedishoo! (Prompt 7) I hope that satisfies the prompt at least partly, I had to redraw it entirely a day after the due date T___T

Iskierka, Temeraire and Kulingile having a cuddle party <3 that was a treat to draw! (Pls open it in a new tab to see at full res)

I still have the first thing I was doing, so I might finish it up sometime and also post it.

Because you all seemed to enjoy those Temeraire doodles a lot here’s another drawing I’ve had squirreled away, my head-canon for a Celestial face design.

I’ve had a lot of fun taking this world and pretending that it’s a real concept art job and approaching all my little ideas that way (thank you Naomi for creating such brilliant dragon species). It’s been a great exercise in creatively thinking just for myself. I had fun just thinking “if I had to design a dragon main character that has been described in this certain way, while keeping it realistic but also giving it a unique and signature design, how would I do that?” and this is the direction that my ideas went.

The rendering isn’t quite what I want yet, I was getting close though. I referenced mexican black kingsnakes because they have beautiful glossy scales and I felt like that would be perfect considering how Temeraire has always been described as sleek and smooth. I also spent a lot of time just sketching head structure because this would have to also work without the frill and tendrils for the Imperials and still look regal and defined and unique (I have those sketches somewhere I think). Forward facing eyes especially were very important to me. Most reptiles have eyes on the side of their head and look absolutely derp from front on, and I just didn’t think that would work for creatures that are described as very intelligent. So I did a mash-up of mammalian and reptilian features to sort of combine the best elements from both.

So yes, this is what I do for fun. Maybe someday I’ll finish it!

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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