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Smaug The Magnificent by mike-nash Smaug The Magnificent by mike-nash

'Smaug The Magnificent' - Inspired by The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. 

Smaug is an iconic dragon, well known within the realm of Fantasy literature, and plays a key role in The Hobbit as the chief terror looming over the story. Ferocious, proud, cunning, greedy and egotistical, he is quite the character, with many a self-proclaimed title, such as Smaug The Magnificent. It became clear that trying to tackle Smaug, armed with either paintbrush or sword, meant needing to go all out. I felt pressure to create something that would suit his reputation, yet not stray too far from some kind of realism and authenticity. Regarding the practical side, as the detail of Smaug's armour grew, I realised I would need to pay equal attention to his surroundings, else risk them feeling sparse and unfinished in comparison. What followed was an attempt at a careful balance of detail, colour, lighting and composition to maintain cohesion and legibility. The result truly is a labour of love and I hope to have done justice to Smaug and Tolkien's world, which so many of us enjoy!

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Part Three - Coming Soon

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© 2014 Mike Nash

My sincerest thanks to lovelessdevotions for suggesting this as a DD and to Lyricanna for featuring it. Also, thanks to everyone who has commented. Even though I may not reply to every single one, I do read them and am very flattered! I appreciate the support!

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Smaug The Magnificent by mike-nash.

The suggester said: "The artist carefully endeavoured to capture the magnificence of this legendary dragon and the resulting piece is a stunning molten marvel." ( Suggested by lovelessdevotions and Featured by Lyricanna )
FoxyCooper Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
GJTProductions Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014

(P.S. Not a big fan of that wyvern design in the movie, FYI. Things like this are much better IMO.)
Graindolium Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
y tat ton dragon mec , j'avais pas vus celui là encore  =P (Razz) 
Winterkeep Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
outstanding one more time with your art... !

This Smaug looks realistic, I like how you painted his  legs and the tail, like a Komodo dragon.

and of course these colours...
mike-nash Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Referencing Komodo Dragons and Crocodiles helped me maintain some kind of reptilian realism. I like my Dragon's to slither on their belly rather than run like a Dinosaur!
saskewoo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
This is incredible, he feels huge and imposing in this painting! And the attention to detail is simply stunning.
But I also actually really loved the other one you had on youtube which you unfortunately took down :(
spankingfemfatale Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
This is gorgeous! =D
Stasy-MacAlister Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Wow! Amazing! Like it :3
Malcamon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is unbearable glorious.

-bows head-
mike-nash Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so happy you think so! Smaug is supposed to invoke that exact feeling. It was a big challenge, I'm glad you feel I did him justice!
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