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Smaug and his treasure
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Published: September 8, 2008
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The next Middle-Earth inspired image in my series of them. This one was finished a couple of days ago.

Smaug inside Lonely mountain, ontop of his pile of gold and treasure.

Ask for permission before using this image for any reason.

Thanks for viewing :-)

*edit: Hey thanks for selecting this as a DD! I wouldn't concider this one of my top Middle-Earth related images myself, so be sure to have a look at the other ones in my gallery too! :) *
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EllosseHobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw this a while ago and now I'm so happy to find it here. I love the contrast between the gold and cold blue.
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ShockboltProfessional Digital Artist
I know the feeling..I once joined an art community named Elfwood and came across an image of a Naga with a sword in a setting that had ruins behind it, that really inspired me. I've been trying to find it now and then without luck :)
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EvilScarrlettHobbyist General Artist
nice rendering of Smaug :)
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ShockboltProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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EvilScarrlettHobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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SilverClericStudent General Artist
Thank you for not making Smaug a drake (wings attached to forearms). I hated that they did that in the movie. Smaug is most definitely not a drake but a true  full dragon.
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ShockboltProfessional Digital Artist
No worries, I prefer my dragons more like seen in this image rather than huge and bulky with oversized spikes and shells :)
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FashionARTventuresProfessional Traditional Artist
I want to thank you Ray for the beautiful image, which I used as a background for my illustration of Thorin Oakenshield. It made my drawing come to life! Check the finished result here ===> fav.me/d6y56mn

You can see it also in my drawing tutorial on YouTube:

***WATCH THE TUTORIAL *** youtu.be/aZQrpYEGG9U

***WATCH MY OFFICIAL TRAILER INSPIRED BY THE HOBBIT ***  youtu.be/JG5BVJo3jL0
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Nice work! Is it okay to use your artwork on my website, theindiedragon.com? I will credit your name with the image and link to your Deviantart page.
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ShockboltProfessional Digital Artist
Hello there,

If it's for display purposes in your blog, feel free to use the image, adding my name and a link would be a welcome bonus :)

-Ray
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Cheers mate,

Have a nice Christmas!
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ElzieBananaHobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! ^^
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ShockboltProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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bornthiswayfoxHobbyist General Artist
wow very beautiful! please make more of this. :)
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ShockboltProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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bornthiswayfoxHobbyist General Artist
your welcome :D
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The-Rasmus-Raven General Artist
Very detailed ^^ I love it :D
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ShockboltProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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The-Rasmus-Raven General Artist
you're welcome :D
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wonderboy4Hobbyist
I can not get over the lighting in this image! I've never seen anything like it, the way the treasure shines and the dragons belly shines, it just looks so real and captivating! I didn't know you could do that in an illustration.

Not to mention how awesome the illustration is as a whole, the composition is great and the dragons head in particular is perfect.

Where can I see this image in greater detail?

Also, have you made tutorials on how you paint? Because that would be cool.
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ShockboltProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's starting to become one of the older images I have on here, but people still like it :)

I haven't created any tutorials into how I paint, yet, I might do sometime in the future though.
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wonderboy4Hobbyist
That would be brilliant : )
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AltarideHobbyist Writer
Hello, I work on an ezine about roleplaying games. The theme of the next issue will be 'Gold'. So I'm asking you permission to use this image in it (with credit).
The magazine is online and free : [link]. Thanks.
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ShockboltProfessional Digital Artist
Hiya, go ahead and use the image :)

Ray
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