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Smaug from Tolkien's the Hobbit
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Romy-Aimee Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
while it kinda freaks me out how he looks.... it is still a awesome drawing/painting! love it!
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IHanakoI Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
just great
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RedRavenRiot Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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. :happybounce: 
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks incredible. It's like he's trying to become one with his gold pile. :D
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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.
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Harvy355 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Demonic-Pokeyfruit Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.

I bid you a good day.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
"critics" :)
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Sweet-Lenore Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
You can practically *hear* him saying "Mine."
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LadyGemma Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So cool!
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
He's got such personality, and I love how snakey he looks, I agree with other commenters in that that's how I always imagined Tolkien's dragons. Really well done.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the wings and the curl of the tail. And the mound of gold. Brilliant!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really cool. I like that it's so snake-like, all the gold and the lighting
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LadyElleth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the snake-like body here; this is what I always imagined when I read Tolkien's use of "worm" for dragons. The possessiveness comes through very well too - great piece all around.
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KKMB91 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I love how he's like ".... Miiiine...." XD and him and the gold look like they're glowing! great job!
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ElderGoddess Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All I have to say is "MINE!"
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JoshuaJordan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Once again, making gold out of something I wouldn't usually give the time of day to
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! This one I'm not completley happy with to be honest. I feel like I could have put more into it given a little more time to plan the piece.
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JoshuaJordan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
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.
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mistergrinn Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
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).

And yeah.. The textures really do stand out.

This is just amazing, man. 11 out of 10 stars.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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SethWolfshorndl Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Yes, this is excellent. The textures do sell it...
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man!
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applecorekevin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's really glowing. Nice touches you put on since I last saw it.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks muchly :)
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Wonderful texture for his skin, my friend, really impressive.
I love how it seems "tiny", yet the lovers of the book will know he is far from being small. :)

:clap: I appreciate your interpretation very much, you can't seem to be able to disappoint my personal imagination. Particularly the eyes and horns. ;)
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Yes, it quite surprised me their absence! But not in a bad way :) I thought it a personal choice.
:clap: excellent work!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well this piece was for a bio pic of Smaug. I thought it best to just keep him as the focus. Thanks a ton!
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Wow, I really love it, you chose wisely. :)
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Ziophaelin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice, I like the snake-like take you took with him.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks mate! I am hoping his read hide comes through under the golden sheen.
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