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General Howe Character Study by comic-chic General Howe Character Study by comic-chic
This is the last of the original character designs from my webcomic The Dreamer. I almost forgot about Sir Billy! What an injustice that would've been.

General Sir William Howe was not just a general in the British army, but the general. From mid 1775 (after General Gage got the boot) to 1778, General Howe was the Commander-in-Chief of the British armed forces in America. He was a front line field officer at Bunker Hill, and led three rounds of soldiers to the Rail Fence that Captain Thomas Knowlton and his 200 Connecticut men held down. At the end of the third trip, Howe was the only officer still standing. (Bloody Americans!)

Howe is an interesting choice of villain because he actually didn't hate the Americans. But they made him pretty angry after 1,000 British casualties at Bunker Hill. He had initially said that he would never fight the Americans, but when he realized how unhappy Parliament was with General Gage's performance in Massachusetts, he knew he had a chance at taking his spot as Commander-in-Chief and hoped to bring peace to the strife between the colonies and Britain. (Which he did. Replace Gage that is, not bring peace!)

His older brother "Black Dick" (or Lord Richard Howe) was the Admiral of the navy and sailed to the U.S. as a peace ambassador. The Howes' oldest brother had died a war hero in the French and Indian War and the Massachusetts Bay Colony had paid for a monument in his memory to be erected at Westminster Abbey, and neither of the younger brothers had forgotten this. Admiral Howe arrived in New York with his fleet of war ships and his Peace Commissioner papers in hand, just after that pesky proclaimation, the Declaration of Independence, had been written. (Too little, too late!)

But, alas, the Americans had lost their appetite for peace a long time ago, and General Howe was forced to fight. His strategies changed drastically after Bunker Hill, and he never again led a full scale frontal attack on the Americans when they were "dug in." In fact, he was criticized for being lazy (and spending too much time shacked up with his mistress Betsy Loring) when in fact he was cautious--he had learned his lesson that the Americans wouldn't fight nice. And he wasn't willing to lose 1,000 men in a single battle again.

So... meet William Howe, aka "Sir Billy", military man, heavy drinker, compulsive gambler, and fearless soldier.
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ShadoWolf0913 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've been obsessively reading The Dreamer every free second I get ever since I came across this picture a few days ago. I'm on Issue 8 right now, and let me just say, your comic is really good. :D
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daughterofAthena1999 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I'm Canadian so I guess I'm supposed to like the British. But now that I actually read this, British are really assholes. I'm not saying I love Americans, but I do like American history more than Canadian history and it's really interesting. But still when the Americans tried to invade Quebec in the middle of a snowstorm, I still think that's pretty stupid, no offence. I mean Americans are a lot smarter now, sort of :D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional
LOL, I don't always love America either.  But I think our history is fascinating, so I write about that. :)
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daughterofAthena1999 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHAHAH YOU REPLIED ON VALENTINES DAY
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tehproffesional Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
The man who just about single-handedly kicked Washington's ass all over Pennsylvania and out of the North......
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional
Yup! Washington certainly didn't win because of Military Might.
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tehproffesional Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
If Nathanael Greene wore a different color coat, we may have lost the war. He covered Washington's ass with a rear guard action almost every time Washington wanted to go escape artist mode. Indeed, the Americans never should've have won the Revolution or the War of 1812, but we did....
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cesaralexis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
OK NOW I HAVE ANOTHER VIEW FROM THE CONTINENTALS ANOTHER QUESTION COMIC CHIC WHY DOES THE BRITISH USED A REDCOAT I MEAN WHY RED AND WHY DOES THE CONTINENTALS USED BLUECOATS? WHY THOSE COLOURS?
THANKS
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional
The British coat had been red for long before the Revolution, but not every regiment was red.

Likewise, not every reg. of the Cont. Army was blue. I'm not sure what their reasons were for the colors they picked...
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cesaralexis Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
WELL THE CONTINENTAL ARMY HAS GOOD STRATEGY NEVERTHELESS JUST LOOK A BRITISH REDCOAT THE COAT THE WHITE WIG AND THE FLINTLOCK PISTOL HEY COULD YOU TELL ME WHY DOES THE BRITISH USED WHITE WIGS ON 1700 ANF WHY DOES THE AMERICANS DOESNT?
THANKS
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional
I don't think wigs were as popular in the US. The Continental Army very seldom had actual uniforms (though they had written standards for them, they couldn't actually afford them) let alone wigs.

A lot of men just powdered their own hair. But in an army that couldn't even afford shoes half the time...
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cesaralexis Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
THE BEST ARMY IN HISTORY
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional
I'm partial to US Grant's. :)
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dogh Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
He`s hot
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional
lol, thanks!
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dogh Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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Faithfulguardian Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor General Gage, he only wanted to keep the peace! someone should draw him and his patriot wife! wasn't she a friend of Alan's cousin Dr. Warren? :D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional
So the legend goes. :shh:
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ChristianistheLawr Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   Writer
He's badass... and handsome.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional
I use Jeremy Irons as my model when I draw him... And I think Jeremy Irons is a good looking man. :XD:
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ChristianistheLawr Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   Writer
He is indeed.
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Pyramidheadfreak Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The funny thing is that I am actually related to Sir William Howe, he is my ggreat great great great grand uncle or something on my moms side and a distant cousin on my dads. Isn't that scary ?
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional
That's pretty cool, actually. Do you know are you descended through his wife's family, or one of his brothers? Because he had two pretty distinguished brothers!
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Pyramidheadfreak Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it is through one of his brothers.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional
Awesome! One died fighting in America during the French & Indian War. The other was Lord Admiral Richard Howe (aka "Black Dick") who commanded the British Navy during the Revolution.
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Pyramidheadfreak Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
As I said I do not know which one; did all three brothers have dark eyes ? My moms decendents from one of the brothers has dark eyes; like everyone of us does except for one of my brothers who has blue eyes.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional
I think so!
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Pyramidheadfreak Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
well I will have to talk to my nanny, she may know.
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juuei Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Great work. You have done really great work in drawing and great work on his history. It was enjoyable.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional
Thank You!
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juuei Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
You are welcome!
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Limey-Yankee Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Huzzah! A great drawing of a Handsome Colonial Man (HCM as I call ;em!), Why can't men dress this way today?!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional
ha ha, I know! :D
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LordMorris Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Really like it, although I thought officers wore a rad sash - but you probably know more.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional
I don't know much about the British uniforms... This drawing was taken from a portrait of William Howe. It looked purple in the painting. ^^;
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LordMorris Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
fair enough, sorry im a bit picky. Its really good none the less
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional
ha ha, you could be right...? I haven't seen the painting in person, only reproductions.
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LordMorris Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Well like I said, I think its a really good piece of work.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional
thanks! :D
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Silvre Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Hey, have you ever seen Horatio Hornblower? It's excellent, if you haven't.

Your General Howe kind of reminds me of Admiral Pellew. :heart:
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional
Man, so many of you have recommended it to me that I checked it out at the Library. Just watched the first one last night and LOVED it! :D
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Silvre Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Yay! :clap: Isn't it wonderful??
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional
oh, yes!! :D *I'm off to watch the 2nd one...!*
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
This is just one of my favourite figures! I simply love William Howe, aka "Sir Billy." Who could ever do anything but love him - a military man, a heavy drinker, a compulsive gambler, and fearless soldier. I would gladly have thrown myself into his arms!

And you have made him look so dashing! I think I'm in love! And I just have to say, again, that you are just awesome at drawing uniforms!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional
Thank you! I used to love drawing WWII soldiers (on, uh, either side ^^; because I love the uniforms!) but I opted to use the Revolutionary War in my comic because there was much more visual contrast between the two worlds.

It didn't take long, though, for the Revolutionary War era clothing to quickly become my new favorite though! gahh! I love 18th century clothes! :love:
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LauraNikky Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
And I was kinda hoping it was a character study on your volley ball... lol.

Interesting as always, Lora!!
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lennan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Huzzah for interesting villains. Good pic and am looking forward to seeing how you write his character!
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fedoragirl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
every time I hear about General Howe, I think about Dorchester Heights. it would have been so great to see his reaction firsthand!

and as everyone's been saying, cool descriptions, and cooler drawings. :D
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DekeNicki Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Pffffffffft, there needs to be a psychadelic skittle British flag behind him.

:heart: D'awwwww, this is really nice! :heart: I love that you put such nice descriptions of people... like, even if they are 'bad guys,' you give them so much detail and you give that to all of us! So nice!
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kiwiberri Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Hooray for General Howe! Well, that he made his appearance on DeviantArt, that is. :D

I think Howe was the only character from your comic that I'd heard in my previous U.S. history class. He and his mistress, only we just referred to Mrs. Loring as 'Howe's mistress.' Then I went back and looked up the other characters like Nathan Hale and Thomas Knowlton to figure out who they were, because I figured they must've been real, too.
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