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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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:icongustaletbe:
gustaletbe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist
I do agree with your vision about Smaug. So as John Howe. Nice art. :)
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Muskrat33 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Ooh, I can almost feel the heat! Great work!
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:icondanielgovar:
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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:icondanielgovar:
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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:icondanielgovar:
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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mistergrinn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Good goshness, the coloured version is amazing! I just noticed the horns across his brow... I really like that touch for some reason.
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:icondanielgovar:
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again! Yeah I think I'd like to take one final stab at Smaug before settling on my difinitive version of him, but this one is closer. I think I'd like there to be more of a "Ruff" or mane of scales making up his uppermost neck, but this is closer.
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adorety Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful depiction. Tolkien might agree somewhat. His own drawings show smaug as long and thin, red on top and gold on the bottom. He wasn't good with anatomy, so the wings look like fins, but hey. Wonderful work.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very kindly. Yeah, I try to draw as much from the words as possible, and in Tolkien's case, the little drawings as well.
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Miss-Phantomy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist
When I saw it, I immediately thought: Smaug! And I was right. It means, the art is very good and you drew this character very goo:D
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:icondanielgovar:
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww - thanks so much!
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Roaring-Flame-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the textures on him. <3
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:icondanielgovar:
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you dig :) texture is king.
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:iconpyrah:
Pyrah Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
This looks like it should be on a comic cover. Well done!
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:icondanielgovar:
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww - thanks a ton! What a cool thing to say.
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Pyrah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
You're welcome. :D
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IreneLangholm Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
He's prettiful. :D I like that his body is like a worm.
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:icondanielgovar:
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :) I fear if there was one thing missing with this piece it might be his haughty personality shining through...
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Oktanas Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Merci!
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LittleJohn312 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Gorgeous! Love your take on Smaug.
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:icondanielgovar:
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I think my first stab at him just wasn't quite right. Pretty happy with this one though :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love him...........her?
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:icondanielgovar:
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
definitely HIM. From The Hobbit. Thank you!
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gliovampire Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
WOW!!! SPLENDID!!!This inspires me to write a story intitled : "I'm in love with a dragon". :D
Now, I don't know what the dragon thinks of this...
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:icondanielgovar:
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
haha :) well it's pretty tough to love Smaug (from The Hobbit). ;)

Thanks for the kind words!
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gliovampire Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Yes, I've always been told that I had weird tastes in issues of love...:-(

;-)
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Aerindarkwater Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amaing color and clean inking :D One of my favorite dragons.
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
mine too! Thank you so much :)
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Passacaglia28 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Great design!
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DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
merci beaucoup!
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Passacaglia28 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
:iconfrenchplz:
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Evetsu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Holy crap I need to show this to my sister...
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:icondanielgovar:
DanielGovar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
haha! awesome comment :)
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Evetsu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
My sister is the biggest dragon fan you'd ever meet. If I get that big a charge out of your art style, she'd go nuts for it.
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