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Smaug by R-Valle Smaug by R-Valle
This is a painting of Smaug from The Hobbit looking down on the city of Dale.

Edit: This piece was a runner up in the Hobbit Design Contest [link]

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A stunning digital rendition of the great dragon of the Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien, *Praxiteles truly does Smaug justice. With the careful shading on the neck and abdomen of Smaug, we can almost see overlapping scales on the body. The detail on the head and the flaps on the sides provide a lot of character for Smaug, and the almost see-through membranes on Smaug's wings are so detailed, viewers can even see the veins that carry blood to his wings!! *Praxiteles also does a beautiful job of giving viewers a taste of just how old Smaug is, due to the tears and tatters in the wings. While the image might seem a little overpowering because of many colors are variant shades of each other, the artist makes up for this with bringing small changes in color (the water reflecting the city of Dale, the sun in the upper left, and the river) to ease some of the red/brown tones of this picture. Overall, in my opinion, *Praxiteles has done a beautiful job with this digital painting of Smaug.
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IHanakoI Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
just adoreable
cynder-spyro-friends Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not trying to be nasty or anything but what youve done here is not smaug. It is still a wonderful bad-ass drawing but smaug is a fire drake and his only form of walking is with his back legs he doesnt have any front ones. Its like his front arms built into his wings so he walks on the hands on the joimt of his wings. I watch look up and research the hobbit so i know alot about it and i love the hobbit. Still not trying to be nasty but i dont really like it when people put something that isnt smaug on dA and say it is. It kinda like dissing the character to me. But still its awsome
R-Valle Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
You're thinking of the movie version of Smaug. My illustration and the vast majority of artists interpretations are based on the original artwork that tolkien made himself clearly drawing four legs.


"Tolkien clearly states that Smaug was one of the last great dragons to come out of the North.

The man himself even provided his own illustrations for this creature, clearly outlining the four-legs feature."

Do a google search and you'll find at least a couple of Tolkien's original drawings of Smaug with four legs.

The two legged version of Smaug from the movie is pretty cool, but I literally painted my illustration a few years before it even existed.

cynder-spyro-friends Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok i hadnt researched it that much. But thanx for the info on tolkien ive wanted to know about him. ^^
R-Valle Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, no problem.
Ellosse Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful picture! I love Smaug here. The colors are nice, but I think that you could have done more with Dale, with more variation. Your skill with Smaug proves that you can do it. :) My favorite part has to be the River Running, too. 
stacie27 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PercyJackson7 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Amazing. Smaug will always be my favorite dragon!
Lucas3602 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Qualityrandom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

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