I love how you made him as the famous English worm, one of my favorite dragon types. The worm kinda is a dragon you don't see that mutch anymore and it's oftenly confused with the wyrm and the lambton worm, so seeing this beautiful worm you made here really warms my heart, the dragon type isn't forgotten just yet.
I love when people are so insistent in being wrong lol I can only assume the 1977 cartoon version was the first time you ever saw a depiction of him? And I couldn't find your own attempt of creating Smaug. Instead of complaining about artists' work, just seek out ones more to your liking.
There he lay, a vast red-golden dragon, fast asleep; thrumming came from his jaws and nostrils, and wisps of smoke, but his fires were low in slumber. Beneath him, under all his limbs and his huge coiled tail, and about him on all sides stretching away across the unseen floors, lay countless piles of precious things, gold wrought and unwrought, gems and jewels, and silver red-stained in the ruddy light. Smaug lay, with wings folded like an immeasurable bat, turned partly on one side, so that the hobbit could see his underparts and his long pale belly crusted with gems and fragments of gold from his long lying on his costly bed.
Perfect or not, it doesn't change the fact that I like it. I hate most fantasy art - especially Tolkien-related stuff. So, whether it's completely up to your normal standard or not pales in comparison to the fact that what you did transcended the stigma of the medium enough for me to like it for what it is.
I love of this interpretation of Smaug. A serpentine-like build somehow seems a lot more terrifying than just massive size. I've always pictured Smaug looking pretty close to this (as a child, I'd get goosebumps just imagining trying to outrun him).
Thanks! I was really trying to do this as a quick 3 hour piece during a livestream event and I ended up going a little over with the scales I wish I had really thought the piece through a bit more and will pronbably revisit Smaug soon. But yeah - I always saw his as lither than the way many artist's tend to portray him, Tolkien included with his illustrations.
Thanks! - it took about 3.5 hours - little longer than I wanted but I am pretty pleased. If I could do something different it would have been to put goblets, tiaras, and of course the arkenstone amongst the golden mountain.