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Red Dragon by ColletteJEllis Red Dragon by ColletteJEllis
Jan 2013

Due to Warner Bros being unspeakables, I've changed the name of this artwork to 'Red Dragon' :/ 

Medium: Photoshop
Listening To: 'Radioactive' - Imagine Dragons

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Given 2013-01-30
Smaug by *thebrassowl ( Featured by Lyricanna )
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The drawing and coloring work are very well done. It's bright, the shading is in the right places, it almost looks real, catching of the eye.
Could do some work on the anatomy of the dragon, thickness of the neck is closer to its head in this photo, and my own opinion is that is is too thick, and should be thinner, getting wider near the chest, but maybe it's just me.
Overall it's a fantastic piece of art, and I love the style, it's just the neck area that put me off. Well done, you did an extremely good job here.
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I love the length to this piece- long dimensions always make for really interesting compositions. I really like how chunky he is design wise, especially in the chest and shoulders area; He'd need massive muscles to be able to lift his bulk and I think you did well with that design aspect. The way the scales go along his spine really help the eye flow around the image too, which is great.

I know you're going to hate me for this, but I really think the tail is a massive disruption of flow. It would have to be massively long in order to curve around several times to end up in front of his head, and the top part above the moon is a little confusing as to where it's coming from. I'd imagine that if he was in the middle of breathing fire he'd be quite stiff and tense, and quite grounded, with his concentration focused on projecting the fire at his target. Therefore I'd imagine the rest of his body wouldn't be doing anything that might throw off his aim.

Removal of the tail above the moon would give him some really nice space too and help open the piece up a bit more.

I also think the tail really takes away from the lovely detail on his face. Another minor point is I think his face could do with more values and tones- I know there's a huge light source coming from his mouth, so there wouldn't be any crazy shadows, but I think some really bright highlights (nearly white) in certain places would really make it pop. Just my two cents!

All in all though, you know how much I love this piece. The contrast of the really dark rocks and trees work so well with how vibrant he is, and like I said earlier I love how you handled the gems/gold on his chest. I love how you did the fire too- it almost looks liquid or like molten lava, which is a brilliant effect. You can also really tell you've got to grips with digital art, the blending on everything is really nice, as are the textures on his scales (I expect nothing less from you in that area :P) Brilliant work my friend, well done :D
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   General Artist
He looks aweomse!! I love it :heart:
Great job :D
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist

Thank you :)


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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
you're welcome :D
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doctor3uk Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
This is what Smaug looks like, not that crap by Peter Jackson.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
lol oh dear :p I haven't seen the movie yet although I already know about the Wyvern thing ^^' 
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iKoiKoi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
no, not Smaug, I will complain to all Smaug "artists" he is lion faced, furry cheeks and fur down his spin, missing a scale on his chest, VERY red, cat eared and has an under bite, you got the under bite and red right though.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
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Firebrander Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This piece is great :D , I was wondering If you submitted this piece to the Lord Of The rings Facebook page for the smaug contest, I saw the entry and I remembered that I have seen the piece here at DA, if so good luck!! :la: , if not you might wanna check it out: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…  because I saw a few entry's were taken from the internet, hope they didn't stole it! 
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes that was me :) although it's such a shame that so many of the entries that have been submitted aren't those of the person submitting them :/
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Firebrander Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:) yay! It's good to know that such an awesome piece  was an stolen work :D and yeah :( it's a shame that they don't look out if the work it's from the submitter or not D:
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happycdjohnson Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

This is good, and I have some good news regarding what Smaug will look like in the upcoming film The Desolation of Smaug. I did a lot of research into what he will look like and did a visualization sketch of him. he is in my gallery if your interested.


Don't forget to read the description on how I came up with this conclusion, and tell me what you think.

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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Epic art :iconepiclaplz:
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!! XD
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
No problem ;p
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Eyltwo Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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hellfiredemonchild Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Artist
looks epic!
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yay :D
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hellfiredemonchild Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Artist
your welome
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Yay, Smaug. :3

Great lighting in this one.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thankes hun :)
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JaguarGal Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the radiance of his scales! It seems as though he is an embodiment of fire itself. Lovely composition and color quality! :heart:

Congrats on the DD, too! Well deserved :)
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much, at the time I was really trying to push the drawing, I learned so much when creating it :)
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neverdying Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your amazing work have been featured at :iconalightindarkness: [link] :)
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
You have put me next to some amazing artists! ^^' I'm flattered!
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neverdying Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You deserve it! You're welcome :)
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! 8D
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Plaugh Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Yeah Dragons! :bounce:
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TGIBA Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful color- And the details!!! :faint:
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :3
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TGIBA Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your art! :D
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DragonsFlameMagic Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your piece is being featured in the :icondragoncartoonclub:
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yay ^^ thankyouz X3
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
It's my pleasure! :)
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lilis-gallery Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I love this ! I know what you mean, feeling the need to draw Smaug before the next movie comes out and changes your vision of him forever. The pose, angle and colouring are really gorgeous, with an incredible amount of detail. I love the contrast between the pale, white moonlight and the orange inferno of the fire.

Congrats on your DD, well-deserved ! :clap:
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^
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Dragontie Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks good :)
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Nice angle and detailing.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
*dances* ^^
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CandyKnickerbocker Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Great work, the detail is amazing, it must have taken ages.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! lol not that long :3 about a week on and off.
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CannedMadMan66 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
excellent
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
^^
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Vyel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool, Smaug, He reminds me of Alduin, The World Eater. I absolutely love dragons, and my character Grand Emperor Ryan was given the ability to become The Draconian Rylon, The Grand Emperor of Dragons, by a dragon god, after I swore to him I would be honor bound to protect dragons, any who die are immediately revived and turned invincible and immortal by my power, and go to meet me, as such, Alduin fights for me now, and I am a Dragondivine, far more powerful than a dragonborn. My army follows my task of defending dragons, and will deal with anyone who gets in my way. You should check out my art gallery I have some cool pictures too.
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arania Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful piece. I really like your interpretation of the design and great composition of the piece as well!
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
He does have a Smaug, um smug look on his face.

Looks great.
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