Temeraire

I came upon the Temeraire-books by Naomik Novik by coincidence, and liked them immediately. After all, they combine my passion for the Napoleonic period (and here especially the British Navy) with the unique twist of adding dragons to the universe. After reading the introduction, I could not help wondering why nobody else had had that wonderful idea before. More information about the books and their author can be found at Naomi Novik's website.

Prints of my unpublished Temeraire-artworks can be acquired at my

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Update:

I was lucky to receive a commission from Subterranean Press to illustrate limited editions of His Majesty's Dragon and Throne of Jade, consisting of four full-colour illustrations plus a fifth for a special lettered edition. More information can be found at their website. The illustrations can be found below.

Following this commission, I also created the illustrations for Black Powder War, which is due for publication late in 2008. Two of my paintings for this book can be found at the publisher's website by clicking on the title above. They are entitled "Inside Topkapi Palace" and "Iskierka". In due course I will post the rest of the artwork on my site as well.

I'm particularly touched and pleased by the author's comment on my artwork, as posted on the publisher's website:

“I keep getting so incredibly lucky in all the artists who have worked on Temeraire, both pro and fan artists. Anke’s work is such a completely different and beautiful style, something that for me evokes the antique illustrated books we had at home when I was young, all heavy textured paper and rich watercolors, and this feel of glimpses through a window into moments of the narrative, particular scenes brought to life. It was really amazing to discover her through her work in the Temeraire wiki, and her work for the books is even more spectacular.”

 

As for the artwork, the colour-paintings are watercolour, in the format 30 x 24 cm; the commissioned drawing is in black ink; and the sketches are in pencil. The paintings for Subterranean Press are 9 x 6 inches (22,9 x 15,2 cm), including a gatefold of 9 x 12 inches. The "crossover" painting is 30 x 40 cm.

The Chinese vase (2010)

Inspired by Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire Volume 6)

Sonata for violin, 'cello, flute and dragonhorn (2010)

Crossover between the Temeraire-series and Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin-series.

 

Crossing the Taklamakan (2008)

(Black Powder War, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

InsideTopkapi Palace (2008)

(Black Powder War, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

Escape from Topkapi (2008)

(Black Powder War, Subterranean Press, Lettered Edition)

 

 

Lien and the Emperor (2008)

(Black Powder War, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

Iskierka (2008)

(Black Powder War, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

 

Reunion (2007)

(Throne of Jade, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

Learning Chinese (2007)

(Throne of Jade, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

The Seaserpent (2007)

(Throne of Jade, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

Streets of Peking (2007)

(Throne of Jade, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

Fight with Lien (2007)

(Throne of Jade, Subterranean Press, Lettered Edition)

 

 

 

Above the waves (2007)

(His Majesty's Dragon, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

Introducing Lady Allendale (2007)

(His Majesty's Dragon, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

Training at Loch Laggan (2007)

(His Majesty's Dragon, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

Fighting the Grand Chevalier (2007)

(His Majesty's Dragon, Subterranean Press, Limited + Lettered Edition)

 

 

Levitas' death (2007)

(His Majesty's Dragon, Subterranean Press, Lettered Edition)

 

 
 

 

First Flight (2007)

(His Majesty's Dragon)

 

 

Shelter (2007)

(His Majesty's Dragon)

 

 

A Life Changed (2007)

(His Majesty's Dragon)

 

 

The hatchling (2006)

(His Majesty's Dragon)

 

Sketches for Laurence (2006)

His outward appearance not described in great detail in the books, it took me some sketches to figure out how he may look.

The fellow on the lower half of the first sketch is one of the lieutenants in the above painting "The Hatchling". First I meant him to be Riley, but when I reread the scene I realised he was not standing near Laurence at that time.

 

Sketches for Temeraire (2006)

Some more detailed sketches of the dragon, still in an experimental stage.

My first drawing of Temeraire (2006), created for a colleague who commissioned a drawing of a dragon. I decided he should be Temeraire.
First sketch of Temeraire (2006)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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