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Smaug Burns Lake-town by AndyFairhurst Smaug Burns Lake-town by AndyFairhurst
Smaug coming around for another attack on Esgaroth

As you will see in the WIP my dragon went through a few stages but I wasn't happy with any of them ( the dragons look I was happy with but not the way it moved ). I wanted to have Smaug show his jewel encrusted belly yet still look like he was going to attack Esgaroth. It was only when I decide to look at other artists dragons for inspiration for flight posture I came across this...

[link] ...and used it as a reference posture. So a big thanks to the sculptor Cleyton.

W.I.P stages [link]
Painted in PS2.

Thanks for looking

*Updated some wing and smoke issues
** I am aware that it is an inaccurate portrayal of the scene in the book due to the fact that there are more than one ( and therefore not 'lonely' ) mountains. But for this piece I felt it looked better this way. You could pretend that what you see are mere hills compared to the HUGE Lonely mountain just out of shot if you so wish ;)

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unusedusername111 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Came here as soon as I saw the LIVE Hobbit Desolation of Smaug event!! Excellent work!
"I AM KING UNDER THE MOUNTAIN!!!"
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I am gonna go and youtube it now :)
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013   General Artist
Really awesome!! I love Smaug :D
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Raven :)
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013   General Artist
You're welcom :D
You can call me Rasmus ;D
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Rasmus it is then :)
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MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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KKBatoretto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The dragon and the background look amazing!
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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