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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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Wonderfully done!
Foorocks10 Jan 24, 2014  New member 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 Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely done :)
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.
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:…
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.
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 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 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
JonHodgson Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm afraid I can't give you permission to use this - Middle-earth Enterprises are the people you'd need to contact, and I think as they are such busy people you'd have to be realistic about the likelihood of getting a response. Thank you for asking though, I very much appreciate the courtesy.
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