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Smaug - Full Body Reference by sugarpoultry Smaug - Full Body Reference by sugarpoultry
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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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Desolation of Smaug © Warner Brothers
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Yatzstar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
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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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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ThatArtisticMofo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
THANK you! Finally
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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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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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TheHobbitArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that is awesome!!!!
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