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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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:iconandyfairhurst:
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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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Raven :)
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:iconthe-rasmus-raven:
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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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Rasmus it is then :)
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:iconmgraphicdesign:
MGraphicDesign Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconkkbatoretto:
KKBatoretto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The dragon and the background look amazing!
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Helo9x76 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Thhis is really good!
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Helo :)
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CAMIKOOPA Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Soo amasing ! Great! I love it!
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Sulathron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
This is one of the best illustrations of Smaug I have seen so far. You got great talent.
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is very kind of you :D Thank you Sulathron
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sdnatasha Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Awesome! I hope you don't mind, but I'll be incuding this on the website www.lotrfandom.net because we love showcasing amazing work like this. Credit and a link to your page here will be displayed as well. :)
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If a credit and link are provided as you say then I don't mind one bit :D Thanks
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MarmionHarcourt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD :drool:
This is an amazing piece of artwork, my friend! :)
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much Marmion :D
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TheUmbraArtist Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yet another amazing peice! how do you do the water like that!?
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) If you look at the WIP you can see how the water is built up :)
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TheUmbraArtist Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thankyou:)
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TrinityRiddick Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Wow! thats almost just like Smaug was in my head!
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent! That's cool :)
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WARORK Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Wow, this is...I mean I've seen plenty of other Smaug pictures before bu this one just takes the cake. It has a brilliant perspective and the background is just flawless...

Is that Smaug's jeweled underbelly I see? :D

One of the best Smaug pieces by far I've seen!
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It sure is! Got to get the jewels in there :D Thank you very much indeed WARORK
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ArgonBradley Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you hear they are going to finish making The Hobbit? Comes out next winter.
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And thanks for all the faves :D Appreciated
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ArgonBradley Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome!
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah it's being released this December with part two next December.
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ArgonBradley Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What?! Two parts?! Wow!!
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the Hobbit: There And Back Again. Basically Peter Jackson is doing the book and he is also filling in the gaps between The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, which is why some familiar characters will be in the film like Frodo and Legolas :)
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ArgonBradley Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok I'm going to watch it!
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Handie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ooooo wow! AWESOME!!!! I love your dragons - you do such a great job with them! ANd the burning village??!! more wow....
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Handie :D
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ithypno Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
nice. Smoke looks good.
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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Nerialka Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant, as always. Really gives an immersion feeling, made me feel like I was opening "The Hobbit". Mmm. Speaking about that, it's been a long time since I've read it... *wanders off to re-read the book*
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much indeed! Happy re-reading :D
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Nerialka Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Storm-Song Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Love it! especially his smug look
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
He is smug isn't he? :D Smug Smaug...the smug git :D

Thanks once again Storm for your lovely comments :D
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SMlLE Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oOoOo_____oOoOo


AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Smile :)
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vickyLP Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
oh my goodness! O_O
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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themilkmon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
So good, so extremely good :) I bet you're looking forward to the Hobbit movies, and possibly also Elder scrolls: Skyrim?
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
absolutely! And thanks you very much :D
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
very dynamic work bro... well done! :thumbsup:
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