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Smaug 2 by DanielGovar Smaug 2 by DanielGovar
Media: Copic ink sketch brush with ink washes on hot press Arches + Photoshop CS3 color

Size: 9 x 12in 600 dpi

Time: 5 hours total - 2.5 hours pen & Ink, 2.5 hours digital

Notes: I always saw Smaug as being more golden than a pure red, and closer in design to oriental dragons very serpentine. The ink version:
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Muskrat33 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Ooh, I can almost feel the heat! Great work!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's what I was going for :)
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amlugwen Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
love your Smaug! he looks peaceful and warm - I'd rather cuddle up than steal a piece of his treasure... :giggle:
those scales look great... want to touch them to see how they feel... and if the dragon would start to purr (or eat me ^.^) (supposed to mean: a damn real looking Smaug ; ))


if sleeping on a pile of gold had been his only intention, the dwarves could have hired him as an alarm system <3
those horns and claws do look intimidating...

alright, peaceful, warm and dangerous ... not wake him... :glomp:
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Nashiil Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done! The detail is wonderful, reminds me of the oldschool book illustrations! The color job is fantastic!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
merci beaucoup! Tolkien is near and dear to my heart as is the Hobbit in particular :)
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Nashiil Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. Yes, Tolkien is incredible!
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Angwilwileth Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you use Gurmillio Del Toro's description as a base for this? Very nice regardless
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't actually. I happen to be re-reading the hobbit and in particular the passage when Smaug is first described by Bilbo upon entering the Lonely Mountain. I would have liked to see Del Toro's take on the beast though, given his love of monsters in particular. I have a friend who has one of his pieces of art in Del Toro's monster art gallery.
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Angwilwileth Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nifty. The reason I asked is because there was a fairly recent interview with Del Toro where he described his vision of Smaug as being shaped "like a battleaxe". Your drawing reminded me of that. :D
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh very cool - I had no idea, nor seen anything with the Smaug from the films to come, yet. I suspect we might not get a glimpse - that it will be a closley gaurded secret, as was the Balrog in the first film.
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