So yeah, some years back I did try my hand at adapting 'The Silmarillion' as a screenplay for television (yes, I am one of those people :P). My planned layout was for a three-season, roughly thirty hour long run that would take us from the time of the Noldor in Valinor to the end of the First Age (roughly the material covered in the "Quenta Silmarillion") and would focus primarily on the relationship between Elves and Men. I never finished it, and looking back on it I'm pretty confident that I should hedge my bets for any kind of involvement in the movie industry on my art rather than my writing, but this project - my thoughts about how to "p
Western dragons Can be portrayed as benevolent, sure, and certainly a few of my favorite dragons from childhood - Kenneth Graham' s "reluctant dragon" Elliot from 'Pete's Dragon, and Draco from 'Dragon Heart' - are western dragons that are good, but they all play against the archetype, which in the West tends to be that dragons are evil. There are dragons in European mythology, like Jormungandr the world serpent, or Oroborus who are, by their cosmic nature, morally neutral, but more often western dragons are evil, not only antagonistic to the hero but Evil in the absolute, religious sense, their defeats (by the likes of Michael the archangel, saint George, or even Beowulf) represent a triumph of theological good over evil. Glaurung, Tolkien's great dragon from the first age (since I assume your question may be prompted by that piece I put up today) is, like the serpent in Eden, a servant and, essentially, avatar of the devil. This seems pretty classic to the general "place" of dragons in the western canon.
I really like your pencil's works, they looks so alive! It's really difficult for me to use pencils in this way, I hope to learn something watching your beautiful drawings. I think you are one of the best Tolkien artist.