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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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2bRealwithu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Dragon breath cool!!!!!
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
JonHodgson Featured By Owner 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.
LukasMosf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
np thanks for the response))
Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Digital Artist
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Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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JuliaElven Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Wonderful work...
hypergojira Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
In general I like this a lot. You have great skill and I think you really capture the spirit of Smaug. However, you made the comment about using JRRT's drawings as inspiration and I must point out that his Smaug had a thicker and shorter neck then what you've got going here. I actually recently posted about this here: [link] I don't mind what you've got - I'm just on a bit of a cruesade lately to debunk the idea that Tolkien's version Smaug had a long snake-like neck. He had a long tail and body, but a fairly short and thick neck. Again, great work and thank you for sharing!
Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Digital Artist
This is incredible and wonderfully atmospheric. I'm sure Tolkien would be very impressed!
PakPolaris Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautifully done
Elentarri Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Very nice - your dragon shows personality. :)
julius1880 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Another great one!
Dalandros Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh nostalgia ^^ This picture brings me back to the discussion Smaug and Bilbo had when the little hobbit sneaked into his keep. That happened right? I haven't read the book since i was 13, but it was magical. Great artwork!
AndyHep Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Love the uses of darkness in this, Jon. Very effective work!
Violet-tear-streaks Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist
This is so beautiful!
werewolfsfan Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
llamathief Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
awesome. has such a classy and classic feel/look to it.
dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice!
Puddum Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! Looks just like a traditional painting. I love the textures and the light. And you did a great job with the updated design. Definitely fits the character. The narrow glowing eye shows his malicious intelligence just as well as the pursed lips do.
CurstAlchemist Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Great work, you can definitely see influences from Tolkien's paintings. You did a great job on updating. I can see him giving a laugh as soon as he finishes.
FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love your depiction of Smaug! He certainly seems evil- but cleverly so.
Design-wise I really enjoy how you left the two sides of the image loose, to bring the viewers eye in onto the focal point of the image.
JDCalderon Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Writer
Very nice.
Nachiii Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Simply awesome!
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
pxilpooshr Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work.
abigbat Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work mate.
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