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February 28, 2011
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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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gustaletbe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist
I do agree with your vision about Smaug. So as John Howe. Nice art. :)
Muskrat33 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Ooh, I can almost feel the heat! Great work!
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's what I was going for :)
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:
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!
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 :)
Nashiil Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. Yes, Tolkien is incredible!
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
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.
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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