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Kind of obsessed with Smaug right now. :) He's such a cool looking dragon!!! 

I didn't want to be too detailed with him, kept the colors soft and simple. Again, using as many screen shots and clips of him from the movie, here's as accurately as I can depict him (before we can finally get hi-res images from the blu-ray). Love his huge talon hands, love his feet, his long serpent like neck, and love how ridiculously long his tail is! :heart: I should have made his wings a bit bigger, but I didn't want to cover up his body.

Anyways, enjoy! May put the line art part up for free coloring later. :)

Previous Smaug piece: 
You have nice manners, for a thief... by sugarpoultry 
Smaug T-shirt Design - I Am Death by sugarpoultry

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:iconmightyraptor:
MightyRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Again Smaug looks amazing.
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ConspiracyToCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible!
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XSarrilX Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Greeeat ;)
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:iconthehobbitart:
TheHobbitArt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your stuff so much. If i credit you could I put some of your art in a middle earth tribute video?
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:iconsugarpoultry:
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure!
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:iconthehobbitart:
TheHobbitArt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
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:iconlordofstamps:
LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Am I the only person who PREFERS Smaug as a wyvern?
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:iconsugarpoultry:
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You aren't! I LOVE his design. :D Definitely more menacing that way.
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:iconlordofstamps:
LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
I actually prefer four legged dragons in general. In order for the classic six limbed dragon to exist, a bunch of freaky shit would have to go on evolution-wise.
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014   General Artist
"I am Fire. I am DEATH!"
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:iconmacietate:
macietate Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I luv it so much
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:iconvixiak:
vixiak Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is the most EPIC and fuckin amazing art of Smaug i EVER seen! <3 
Ant this Jurassic Park's logo is PERFECT for T-shirt! :D 
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:iconsugarpoultry:
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :)
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Yatzstar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm doing a Hobbit animation, and this has really helped me :D The only thing I've having trouble with is the complexity of Smaug. And the proportions, because he's freaking huge, and I'm having trouble incorporating my one supporting character into that -.-
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doctor3uk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
All Tolkien's drawing show Smaug as a true dragon with four legs and two seperate wings. The pathetic film demotes him to mere wyvern.
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:iconlordofstamps:
LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2015
Oh boo hoo. Cry me a river. 

A lot of things can be said from behind the safety of a computer screen. If you're upset about the design, write a letter to Weta instead of whining on this site. Acting like a childish brat on this site won't get you anywhere.
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:iconerix19:
Erix19 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Reason for that is simple: is there a single reptile species on this earth with six limbs? Weta went with what you see in nature in designing this sexy beast and a wyvern is more likely to occur in nature than a European dragon. "True dragon" implies that dragons from other cultures (like the Chinese dragon) are not actual dragons, which couldn't be further from the truth. 


That said, does it even matter? Smaug is still the sexy badass we all know any love? A species change shouldn't be a deal-breaker even if Tolkien went with the classic European style of dragon. I'm pretty sure if the good professor were still alive and Weta told him why they made Smaug a wyvern dragon, he would agree with them.
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WretchedSpawn2012 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Lmao the whole "biologically/ anatomically correct" thing wasn't even close to the reason they gave him four limbs. Nobody understands that but they want to believe it's the case for some reason. Referring to "real life" too much in the fantasy genre especially with mythical creatures is contradictive. Is there also a single reptile on earth that grows the size of two airliners, spits fire, and speaks english? All of these features given but having six limbs just like many other dragons is just going too far? Weta had him as a traditional dragon with four legs and two wings in their earlier designs but decided to go with a four limbed dragon instead because they wanted a more worm like dragon, and due to the length of his neck they thought it would have been awkward to have his front legs so far away from his head. So they gave him three free claws for expression on his wings and would serve a dual purpose. THAT is why Smaug was designed as a wyvern. It had nothing at all to do with that superficial "anatomically correct" drivel. It's all explained in the Smaug Unleashing the Dragon book.
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LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Fire breathing is actually biomechanically plausible considering Bombardier beatles. An animal that size is also possible. And for the English speaking, I point to parrots and other birds capable of mimicry. Those three things are actually more plausible than a six limbed vertebrate.
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ThatArtisticMofo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
THANK you! Finally
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:iconerix19:
Erix19 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I personally don't think there's any way to refer to real animals "too much" when dealing with the fantasy genre, considering that most mythological beasts are based on real animals with a lot of bells and whistles added to make them more fantastical. Qilin (or kirin) was merely what the ancient Chinese called a giraffe, which was later "corrupted" into what we recognize as the mythological kirin. Having roots in real life is what makes some mythological animals all the more believable if they could actually exist. Things like size, the ability to speak human, and other abilities or traits are what makes them fantastical. Though, I think there is or was a non-insect animal in real life that could spew chemical fire.

The explanation the book gives is, for all intents and purposes, about anatomical correctness when dealing with the logistics of a flying reptile. A wyvern is more likely to exist in real life than a traditional dragon, considering a wyvern's proportions are more or less like a bat's. I wouldn't be surprised if wyverns and their mythologies were created around the skeletons of pteranodons and other ancient flying reptiles, especially when you take into account that the ancient Chinese referred to dinosaur bones as the bones of dragons. It was the Europeans that added wings to the mix that became the traditional dragon.
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WretchedSpawn2012 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The fundamental anatomy should be there, but otherwise it's fantasy, everything else is free game. If a griffin was designed to have four legs and two wings, why is it sinful to have the same for a dragon? Consider also that many flying insects have more than four limbs and extra pairs of wings. Those fundamentals could be applied to the anatomy of a dragon, even if a dragon's base species is that of a reptile's. Of course there is middle ground to settle in the believability of made up creatures, but when we're being shown another world that doesn't necessarily function like ours, biological logistics are open to more imaginative alternatives.

Again, the book on Smaug never stated anything about their design change was due to "anatomical correctness." They saw the design change to a four limbed dragon as an alternative rather than something that had to do with "real life logistics." Because original intent WAS to have a traditional dragon with six limbs.
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wildguy999 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I thought the movie was pretty good, I mean everything looked great until the gold scene. And so what if he is a wyvern? He is still badass and he sounds like Sherlock.
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trisdino Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
A rather old comment by you, but I try to reply to these when I see them:


I do not consider smaugs design a wyvern, as it does not qualify by many of the characteristics of one. 

Wyvern traits:

- Stingers on the ends of their tails

- No fire breath

- Primitive intelligence

- A bird like posture, bipedal posture. 


Dragon traits:

- A tail of varying shapes(never a stinger)

- Fire breath

- Great intelligence

- Either six limbs, with four legs and two wings, or a bat like posture, with the wings also serving as the front legs. 



You see, I have never, never, seen a traditional wyvern with a bat like posture, but dozens of times I have seen dragons with one. The game of thrones dragons for example, are shaped like this, and nobody complains about them. In fact, lots of modern dragon depictions show them with this shape, so I just do not think it qualifies as a "wyvern" shape.
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Cool!
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:iconthehobbitart:
TheHobbitArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that is awesome!!!!
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:iconblattfall:
Blattfall Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I like the wings, but I think the tail isn't right.
But it's very very pretty!
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:iconthatartisticmofo:
ThatArtisticMofo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Man I think you beat me on the accuracy!
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:iconblattfall:
Blattfall Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Perfect. Just Perfect.
I like the wings!
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Troiasthe1 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
This looks awesome I like how they portrayed Smaug as a wyvern ( Tow legged dragon creature) instead of the common four legged dragon. This captures Slaughter from the movie perfectly. By the way if you draw Thorin from the movie except with a forked beard but have Thorin still recognizable.
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trisdino Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
That still does not make him a wyvern though. 


Wyverns:

- Have stingers on their tails

- Do not breathe fire

- Are not very smart

- Have a bipedal, bird like posture


Dragons on the other hand:

- Do not have stingers on their tails

- Breathe fire

- Are highly intelligent

- Have either a six limbed, cat with wings shape, or a four legged, bat-like shape. 
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godzillafan11 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
The is a video by Weta Digital about creating Smaug. There are a few images of him in good detail with the coloring. Great work by the way.
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:iconsugarpoultry:
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yah I saw it! Sure would have been nifty before I drew this, but I think I did pretty good with the references I had at the time!
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Sakura19912 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Smaug is awsome
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WRMCHN3 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Fantastic!
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J9973 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome 
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Fictioncreatorartist Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow:
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dymsgirl0112 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this as reference for something I'm working on :) dymsgirl0112.deviantart.com/ar…
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool!!
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dymsgirl0112 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Here is the finished product :) Thanks again! dymsgirl0112.deviantart.com/ar…
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15willywonka Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I love Smaug, he's a great looking creature. Especially the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, who did Star Trek: Into Darkness and Sherlock. He rocks!
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yah, I love him!!!
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15willywonka Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Yep, he's such an actor Benedict Cumberbatch, really is.
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CreamSodaBubbles Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
you're a saint!
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Professor-MoriARTee Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stupendous! May I use this as one of several references for a sculpture for a friend?
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:iconsugarpoultry:
sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure :)
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Professor-MoriARTee Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Awesome! :lol:
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SammyTorres Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I hated that they made him a wyvern -__- but I loved the character animation in his face :D 
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Duskeater Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
He's not really a wyvern. Wyverns are a lesser form/branch of dragons. Smaug's enormous size can tell you he's not a wyvern. Not all dragons have to have 6 limbs.
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