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“Smaug should not be "the Dragon in the Hobbit movie" as if it was just "another" creature in a Bestiary. Smaug should be "The DRAGON" for all movies past and present. The shadow he cast and the greed he comes to embody- the "need to own" casts its long shadow and creates a thematic / dramatic continuity of sorts that articulates the story throughout-
"In that respect, Smaug the CHARACTER is as important, if not more important, than the design. The character will emerge form the writing- and in that the Magnificent arrogance, intelligence, sophistication and greed of Smaug shine through- One of the main mistakes with talking dragons is to shape the mouth like a snub Simian one in order to achieve a dubious lip-synch. .. A point which eluded me particularly in Eragon, since their link is a psychic one.
"To me, Smaug is the perfect example of a great creature defined by its look and design, yes, but also, very importantly, by his movement and -One little hint- its environment - Think about it... the way he is scaled, moves and is lit, limited or enhanced by his location, weather conditions, light conditions, time of the year, etc. That's all I can say without spoilers but, if you keep this curious little summary you'll realize several years form now that those things I had in my mind ever since doodling the character as a kid had solidified waaay before starting the shoot of the film ...”
-- Guillermo del Toro on Smaug.
IF WE HAVE MORE THAN 45 ENTRIES - NOT ALL ENTRIES WILL MAKE IT TO POLL
A MAXIMUM OF 45 ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THREE CATEGORIES:
CATEGORY 1 - Beginner's category
CATEGORY 2 - Intermediate's category
CATEGORY 3 - Advanced's category
ACCEPTANCE TO POLL WILL BE BASED ON THREE CRITERIA:
1: DID THE ARTIST FOLLOW THE BRIEF? (allowance for creative takes will be made).
2: IS THE PIECE ARTISTICALLY SOUND? (Is the illustration "finished?" - did the artist pay attention to anatomy, perspective, other fundamentals?).
3: IS THIS ILLUSTRATION THE BEST ONE? (reserved for rounds with a large amount of entries).
Depending on round turn out, the number of accepted entries in a given Category may vary from round to round. For example, if only 5 Advanced entries are made, that leaves EXTRA 10 slots open for Intermediate and Beginner.
Only Advanced Entries will be accepted for the the thumbs on the Queens Roster. If no Advanced entries are available for a round, then it will fall to the Intermediates. If no Intermediate are available, then it shall fall to the Beginners.
For further information on how this works, please see this post. (Still being updated at this time).
SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY:
1: You must submit ONE full sized image.
2: Make sure your name and CHOW # are EASILY READABLE on your entry.
3: Use the Standard format (Below);
PLACE THE IMAGE IN A FRAME WITH YOUR NAME/TOPIC
SAVE YOUR FILE IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:
THE REST IS EASY:
1: No comments before poll is set.
2: Sit back and enjoy the show.
3: Good luck to all.
Last edited by daestwen; August 18th, 2008 at 12:01 AM.
Phew done it!
This is how I see Smaug, I wanted his to look unbelievably powerful but at the same time sure of himself. Hence why there is no dramatic roar to his expression, just a somber look with a slight hint of a sure of himself smile. Gandalf taking him on? Please...
first of many more chows...
I tried to go with a less typical dragon look. Reminds me alot of a wyrm though.
ok so we know Smaug is a hoarder, and I wanted him to convey both greed and evil in his expression and in the general shot. here's what I ended up with
wanted to convey a slightly human form rather than the typical style dragon with this one
I watched The Hobbit cartoon for the first time in 3rd grade, and that was the first movie [after the Empire Strikes Back] ever to have a huge impact on me.
The characters and imagery were captivating...the music was enchanting...if anything, I hope Del Toro does justice to the music...
Last edited by JIVA*SOUL; July 13th, 2008 at 06:07 AM.
Well I'm done as well. I'm kinda satisfied, but these challenges are always very good at unveiling weaknesses, limitations and errors in methods of approach so most of all I learned a lot.
Don't call it a come back =]
Here's my version of Smaug. Good luck everyone!
Asleep with one eye open...
Phew done and done. Started working on this a bit too late as usual, namely today. Done with acrylics.
Oh and sorry about the graininess, need to get a better camera
See the TURTLE of enormous girth!
On his shell he holds the earth.
His thought is slow but always kind;
He holds us all within his mind.
a little rushed at the end, but i had to finish it.
Nice works all around. Here's my final. I feel I missed the brief a bit on this one, but thought I'd post it anyway.
Here is my contribution.
Based my version of Smaug around an exaggerated envisioning of an Indian Ghavial mixed with a feathered serpent vibe from Quetzacoatl (eep, spell?) Still pushing my digital skills, this exercise is definitely good for that.
good luck all.
gah didnt have enough time; girlfriends and village fetes are time consuming.