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Smaug by JonHodgson Smaug by JonHodgson
(c)2011 Jon Hodgson
Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their respective licensees.

Like much of the art I have made for The One Ring, the design of Smaug is taken directly from Tolkien's own paintings, with a hopefully appropriate update to match the times and the style of the other game art I have made. It was very important to me that Smaug show his (highly dubious) character, and be clearly capable of speech. The idea of him somewhat gleefully hosing fire into Erebor through pursed lips seemed to fit that idea.

The One Ring is a new Middle Earth role playing game from Cubicle 7 and Sophisticated Games, due out Summer 2011.

Artrage, Painter, Photoshop.
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TeagenManning Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I love the expression you've given him, and especially appreciate how closely you stayed mostly true to Tolkien original design.
Muskrat33 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Wonderfully done!
Foorocks10 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

That is really incredible.  The posture and setting are just excellent.  And the fact that I'm listening to Over the Misty Mountains Cold just as Smaug enters has nothing to do with my sudden obsession I assure you. *Shifty Look*
Sada-Pazaki Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely done :)
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.
AdrenalineAndSoma Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
No, he doesn't. What you described is the animated version. The animated version is not the original. This is the original, drawn by Tolkein himself:…
Panthraka Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
when i was twelve i read the hobbit , i have to say it was the greatest book adventure of my life!!! 

great work on this piece of art i like how smaug does not quite look red in the reflection and the shadow work is great.
torindir Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Fantastic work! Love the lighting. I have posted a brief article on my site, with a link to your gallery, please let me know if thats not ok. Thanks!
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If you could share a link so I can check it out I'd be most grateful. Ta!
LukasMosf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is beyond awesome!
Would you mind if I use this in my YouTube Video along with my music "Mist from the depths"(dwarven temple)?
Credit will surely be given, but I thought to seek your approval first
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