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Smaug by Isvoc Smaug by Isvoc
I don't post traditional art often nowadays. Nice change!
To be honest, I started to sketch this one without paying much of attention. At the beginning I didn't thought I'll color or finish this piece.
Happily ~enigmaticworld gave me his brushes [my whole brush-box got destroyed... sadly. One of a reason why I don't post much of a traditional stuff] and I decided to finish it. This is fully colored with watercolors and brushwork! I don't think I ever did watercolor-only colorwork before. It was fun and I want to do it again soon! In big part it was inspired by *Mystalia's artworks.

That's partially my vision of Smaug. Design is a total mishmash, I'm not fully happy about it. In fact, it was an effect of mindless sketching. There are some parts from book descriptions I really wanted to follow - colors, gem armor, ears and snake-ish, curly body... but rest is just made up without thinking. Against everything I really wanted to add horns.

In the end - I like it a lot! I really feel like rebuilding my tools and supplies to make more traditional art. I realized how much I missed it. Especially when it's not rushed.

Painted with watercolors over pencil sketch.
12"x18" / a bit bigger than A3.

Work in progress shot:
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Lolliangel123 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really cool!
Isvoc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Thank you again!
iKoiKoi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
no, not Smaug, I will complain to all Smaug "artists" he is lion faced, furry cheeks and fur down his spin, missing a scale on his chest, VERY red, cat eared and has an under bite, you got the red right though, but ew, he's not that muscular.
Isvoc Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
You are free to disagree, but as I said in description - that's in big part my own vision loosely based on Tolkien's artwork [… ] and only general directions from books. And most important - I didn't even try to follow version of his design from animated movie.

DecepticonSeeker Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning! :wow:
Isvoc Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Thank you!
DecepticonSeeker Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are welcome :D
VestibulumNocturnis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just so beautifully done, so powerful and magnificent he is.. Really loving those wings too, excellent work here! :wow:
r0mb0t Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mindlessly sketching is less mindless than you would think. Your subconscious has everything stored and when you are accessing that information. even without thinking about it, it can be very accurate. 80% of the stuff you glance at can be completely unusual and you would never notice because you only glanced at it and your subconscious filled in the details.. so it was a very thoughtful sketch xD
Isvoc Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Hah, thanks! :D
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