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Smaug by ColletteJEllis Smaug by ColletteJEllis
Smaug Jan 2013

I have drawn many sketches of Smaug, but could never quite get his design to correspond with the image in my head. “The Hobbit” has always been an important book to me and was my favourite story as a child.
However, having seen the first Hobbit film, I felt the need to re-draw Smaug - as I imagine him, before the next movie comes out :)
I enjoyed trying to depict the contrast between the cold winter background and the clashing heat of the dragon :3

- Depicting the moment Smaug finds the secret door leading into his hall and destroys it.

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

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Given 2013-01-30
Smaug by *thebrassowl ( Featured by Lyricanna )
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
ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist

Thank you :)

The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
you're welcome :D
doctor3uk Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
This is what Smaug looks like, not that crap by Peter Jackson.
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 ^^' 
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.
ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
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:…  because I saw a few entry's were taken from the internet, hope they didn't stole it! 
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 :/
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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