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Smaug and his treasure by Shockbolt Smaug and his treasure by Shockbolt
The next Middle-Earth inspired image in my series of them. This one was finished a couple of days ago.

Smaug inside Lonely mountain, ontop of his pile of gold and treasure.

Ask for permission before using this image for any reason.

Thanks for viewing :-)

*edit: Hey thanks for selecting this as a DD! I wouldn't concider this one of my top Middle-Earth related images myself, so be sure to have a look at the other ones in my gallery too! :) *
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Given 2009-06-06
Smaug and his treasure by =Shockbolt. With an enchanting color palette and delightful details, this depiction of Smaug (from The Hobbit) is delightful and mesmerizing! ( Suggested by katzypotter and Featured by aunjuli )
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Ellosse Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw this a while ago and now I'm so happy to find it here. I love the contrast between the gold and cold blue.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know the feeling..I once joined an art community named Elfwood and came across an image of a Naga with a sword in a setting that had ruins behind it, that really inspired me. I've been trying to find it now and then without luck :)
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice rendering of Smaug :)
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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SilverCleric Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for not making Smaug a drake (wings attached to forearms). I hated that they did that in the movie. Smaug is most definitely not a drake but a true  full dragon.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No worries, I prefer my dragons more like seen in this image rather than huge and bulky with oversized spikes and shells :)
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FashionARTventures Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I want to thank you Ray for the beautiful image, which I used as a background for my illustration of Thorin Oakenshield. It made my drawing come to life! Check the finished result here ===> fav.me/d6y56mn

You can see it also in my drawing tutorial on YouTube:

***WATCH THE TUTORIAL *** youtu.be/aZQrpYEGG9U

***WATCH MY OFFICIAL TRAILER INSPIRED BY THE HOBBIT ***  youtu.be/JG5BVJo3jL0
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masterofniman Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Nice work! Is it okay to use your artwork on my website, theindiedragon.com? I will credit your name with the image and link to your Deviantart page.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello there,

If it's for display purposes in your blog, feel free to use the image, adding my name and a link would be a welcome bonus :)

-Ray
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masterofniman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Cheers mate,

Have a nice Christmas!
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ElzieBanana Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's awesome! ^^
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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bornthiswayfox Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow very beautiful! please make more of this. :)
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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bornthiswayfox Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome :D
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   General Artist
Very detailed ^^ I love it :D
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   General Artist
you're welcome :D
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wonderboy4 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist
I can not get over the lighting in this image! I've never seen anything like it, the way the treasure shines and the dragons belly shines, it just looks so real and captivating! I didn't know you could do that in an illustration.

Not to mention how awesome the illustration is as a whole, the composition is great and the dragons head in particular is perfect.

Where can I see this image in greater detail?

Also, have you made tutorials on how you paint? Because that would be cool.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's starting to become one of the older images I have on here, but people still like it :)

I haven't created any tutorials into how I paint, yet, I might do sometime in the future though.
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wonderboy4 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist
That would be brilliant : )
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Altaride Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hello, I work on an ezine about roleplaying games. The theme of the next issue will be 'Gold'. So I'm asking you permission to use this image in it (with credit).
The magazine is online and free : [link]. Thanks.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hiya, go ahead and use the image :)

Ray
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whos-the-lemon-now-4 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!!
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shadow-the-hero Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
that's amazing! l hope the smaug in the next Hobbit movie will look this good
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Digital Artist
amazing!!
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Coll33n Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Hey, how do I get permission to use this in an educational video?
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DragonairOmega Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
wonderful work on this dragon. I can tell that you took very good care in making the anatomy look exact as well as the treasures of this hoard.
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AceOfCombat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Photographer
:headbang:
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Optimusthemobian Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"and he missed the cup!"
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Pilgrim3 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Now THAT'S a Dragon!
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MiriamV Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit that's beautiful.
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shellytheelf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
enchanting :)
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JediLibrarian Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. BEAUTIFUL! This is fantastic!!!!
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KanDance824 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I just finished re-reading this part of the book and I just love this. It's majestic and beautiful and bad ass all at the same time. You did an amazing job!
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hellbat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Very cool.
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cavylover139 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student General Artist
There he is, being all awesome again.


Sir, you have just brought one of my favorite childhood memories to life.
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DomesticHeart Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Epic. Just epic.
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masonday Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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BleedingSilverBird Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
If Smaug looks this good in the movie I think the theaters will burst of awesome.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredibly impressive! Kudos to you!
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
u r welcome
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Hobbit-Babe Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
I think you've hit the nail right on the head. Smaug should be beautiful while at the same time being scary as hell. :XD: tho I myself would have gone for a sleeker head design. still this is one of the best drawings of Smaug on DA! :clap:
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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Hobbit-Babe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
ya welcome. :)
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IntrepidLlama Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh! Would it be an insult to Smaug to call him pretty? Probably, but wow, you made him gorgeous!
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