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Smaug by TurnerMohan Smaug by TurnerMohan
I always imagined smaug as a real rooster among his species, a big, plumed male, with a high fanning crest and tendriled lizard-beard. after a few designs which featured a narrower, more bird like skull, i went with something that fattened out at the back to this broad crocodilian grin supported by a bulging, frilled gullet.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
 Master Mohan, I would like to offer you a modest compliment for this most excellent concept art, but find that Smaug's haughty stare intensifies to the levels of a GLARE if I even THINK the word 'modest' in his presence so I'll just speak my mind and say "The only version of Smaug superior to this one can be seen in 'The Desolation of Smaug' and HE has the unfair advantage of being voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch!"(really, the only actor who I think could have done a better job with Smaug the Terrible is the late, great Vincent Price and he wasn't available for some reason).;) (Wink)  
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
I have no difficulty admitting when I've been beat. pj's smaug was a priviledge to watch on screen, and as a lifetime lover of dragons, will probably have a big influence on how I draw them in the future (personally, despite the loud and frequent protests of myopic D & D fan idiots, i think the case has been pretty irrefutably made for the superiority of the four-limbed dragon design over six)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
 Not universally, I would argue - Draco remains one my favourite screen dragons even nearly two decades after 'Dragonheart' was released (one of my favourite films, incidentally) and I believe that each body-plan still works beautifully in the proper context (I find it hard to imagine The Reluctant Dragon bearing much of a resemblance to old Smaug the Terribly-Smug for example - I tend to see the dragon who was 'A bit of a a bard' as very close to the moustachioed Asian dragon in appearance, for the record); if you want a 'scientific' dragon then I agree that the more Pterosaur-esque body pattern fits - but if you want a really Old-School 'Satan with Scales' Fantasy Dragon then I think the four-leg, bi-wing design still holds good (incidentally that's more or less how I imagine Ancalagon the Black).

 For the record what I loved most about the cinematic Smaug was the sheer CHARACTER radiating from the old Worm; he not only talked, but you could actually see Personality writ large across those terrifying features (and that personality was CAD, which is as it should be).Nod 

 Quite frankly I'm convinced that the sheer character with which Professor Tolkien imbued his drakes is all the proof any reader should require before admitting that he wrote the BEST dragons (or at least the best EVIL dragons - I remain oddly convinced that the only possible casting choice for Glaurung, Father of Dragons would be Mr James Earl Jones at his most s-s-s-serpentine).

 Out of curiosity might I ask if you have seen the depiction of Smaug the Golden by Mr Angus McBride? (it's rather a good one). 
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
i've loved draco since the first time I saw that movie, and still think he works, also I myself had always seen smaug with a separate pair of forelimbs until seeing DOS, but the "wyvern" build (as it is so annoyingly called) just reads so much more convincingly on screen, they make a dragon seem like a biological creature that really could exist (and shortening his first two fingers after the thumb claw, thereby functionally giving him a pair of "hands" was a stroke of genius) Draco works on screen for what he is, but those gesturing, more-or-less human front limbs, with the wings jst stuck on the back, cant help but come off a little cartoony by comparison. Actually I thought Smaug's head and face was surprisingly similar in build to draco's, longer, leaner and more wicked (as is appropriate) but they stuck with that strategy of giving him a moving set of lips, and I was very pleased to see how effectively they were able to give him a "face" from infront, which is hard to pull off with a long snouted creature.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
 Indeed!

 I love just how different and yet equally-expressive (allowing for technology) those two dragons are; they truly are CHARACTERS rather than just another special effect.
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great job!
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Saphirylis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find you really nicely captured Smaug's personnality and physic here, evil, dark and proud, the "king under the mountain' like he says :) I love this drawing :heart:
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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. but he is a "rooster" among his kind, proud, always looking down upon others.
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Death-by-Ink Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
No need to bash them!
Everyone has their personal view on each of the Tolkien characters, and just because one didn't draw it in your ideal image doesn't give you the right to hassle them about it!
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
haters gonna hate, as they say :)
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