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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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SapphireSkyGem Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
Can't get any better; this is indeed Smaug as Tolkien envisioned it. It deserves that honor.
OwlWolfRaven Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015   Digital Artist
I love the atmosphere! <3
darklittleraven Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I like this pic because he looks like the drawing from the book. 
ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The Hobbit is my all time favorite book, this looks awesome
ReqiuemCatharsis Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This is amazing work, great job.
gordhanx Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Beautiful! Great job on the details, colouring, lighting, shading, background and design.
fairydoctorcatangel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
That us an awesome picture of smaug. Was this before the movies or after the movies. Well either way it is really good
R-Valle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I did this one after the Lord of the Rings movies came out, but still a few years before the Hobbit movies. It was all the way back in spring 2009 that I actually painted it. I tried to base the look of him mostly on Tolkien's illustrations and descriptions from the book.
fairydoctorcatangel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
That is really good. Did you see the hobbit movies. I thought that they were great even if they did not follow the book entirely. It was still a good movie to enjoy. Have you read all of the lors of the rings/hobbit books?
R-Valle Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I've seen all the movies and read all the books. I liked the Hobbit movies, but nowhere near as much as I liked the Lord of the Rings movies.
fairydoctorcatangel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
That is really cool. So have you ever read the Percy Jackson books or the Kane chronicles or the heroes of Olympus. They are all by the same author Rick Riordon. You should check it out some time if you haven't. But read the books before the movie. They are so much better. 😃
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
So, the villain that's been building up all through the previous two movies gets taken out in the first 10 minutes of the third one?

It's like if Emperor Palpatine killed Darth Vader in the opening scene of "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi"...
AutumnZodiac Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing! But didnt smaugs wings connect with his fore-arms? so he only had 4 limbs.....
IHanakoI Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
just adoreable
Heios-Hobbit-Gang 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 Dec 12, 2014  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.

Heios-Hobbit-Gang Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  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 Dec 12, 2014  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
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Excellent painting!
silamir Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   General Artist
Yes, THAT is Smaug!! :D
DIS-Kanna-sama Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) This is fantastic. I love it.
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, you got his long neck right though.
The-Brainwave Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
If you're getting your knickers in such a twist over how a character is interpreted through art, then why not draw Smaug in the Rankin Bass style yourself?
People do draw Smaug in said- style, so go and enjoy it instead of moaning.
ChristinYou Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Please stop shoving your opinions down others' throats. 
R-Valle Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're thinking of the cartoon version of Smaug. My painting is based more heavily on the illustrations that Tolkien did himself.
CrystalMoonSky Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow i really love this <3 Smaug is awesome
MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
R-Valle Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Bonekadepano Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student
Very...very... good!
SarahWaterRaven Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, but isn't he a beauty. Ever misunderstood, dragons :)
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
i saw this picture as an entry on that "treasures of middle earth" design contest last fall and fell in love. this is a Great Smaug, I love how long he is, and how, despite it being a fully fleshed out painting, he looks so much like that little pen and ink drawing tolkien did of him. really well done, classic dragon
Bobalog123 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You really caught his VURM (Wyrm) side!
Steve11111111 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
It's good but there's one thing that bugs me. The town is supposed to be on the lake.
adventuremaker16 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Writer
That was 60 years ago
Steve11111111 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Dale wasn't even near the lake.
adventuremaker16 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Writer
stefanienicholas Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love this, so beautiful! It's exactly how I picture him ^^
Ivywhisker99 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic. Smaug the Magnificent! Literally!!!!
CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional
wonderful work!
great light
ChrisoneKrux Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Beautiful Smaug <3
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
JustinRaven Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional
This vision of Smaug is really great. very refreshing :) Love that head on him :P Definitely cat-like in his attitude, too. Good work :)
CLHarley Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yrret86 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the sense of scale in the painting hes huge but he still looks like he could actualy be real [link]
highlandheart1968 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Well done.
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