23 January 2013

Smaug Pre-Film Design

Remember my nightmare Smaug design? Well it got me thinking about what the real Smaug would look like which resulted in this. In the original sketch I had one central horn at the back of his head to keep faithful to the illustration John Howe did for the Hobbit book. However the appeal of a traditional two horned look became too tempting to resist. I also made sure to extend the snout further than I usually draw dragons to keep it to a more old school wrym look.
This drawing was also an opportunity for me to go back to my roots. Back in my high school days I used to draw dragons and such nasties all over my books. It was an activity that earned me a couple of nicknames and where my alias 'Bendragon' originated from.

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