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Smaug's Lair by akreon Smaug's Lair by akreon
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This critique may turn out to be long and very detailed. I hope you won't mind that.

General impression:
This picture sure is strong. Even though I first thought it's an octopus, I'm now really amazed by this drawing. I can't really tell whether this dragong is greedy or not because of his sleepily expression in it's face. But that it's laying on top of the pile of treasures lets me think it really doesn't want anyone to get all those jewellery. The drawing also has a really strong contrast thanks to the warm colors on the bottom (red and yellow) and the colder ones at the top (blue and purple). The drawing seems really detailed from the first look on and it's eye-catching.

Colors:
As already mentioned, there's a nicely even amount of colder and warmer colors. Some brown and pink-purple, aswell as some blue and green jewellery make sure that it seems balanced even though 2/3 of the picture are filled with warm colors. Or well, you could almost say they are hot. The red really is strong. But that's what makes it outstanding from the yellow. Really nice to see since it happens to many people that they make transitions where there're none supposed to be. Since it's about the dragon right now, I need to mention that at some parts there's a bit too much yellow. Like on the outer side of the neck. It simply seems to reflect too much on this side. Mostly because there is almost no reflection on the other one. If the Dragon is not shiny or super reflecting, rather a bit less of light reflections. : )
Now about the upper part of the drawing. I am really amazed by how you made the yellow and blue melt!
Need to confess, I am not sure if there's a light reflection or some flame like stuff to see, but it still looks good. Just... If it is a reflections of the gold and such, then I think the dragon would block some of the light. That's why it's a bit confusing that this yellow light follows exactly the shape of the dragon. The blue seems really strong, but that's fine since the whole picture has intense colors.

Shading:
Okay, now about the shading. As I mentioned already... At first I thought it's an octopus. Some slaces are really bright at the edge so they looks a bit like suckers on the first look. But on the second look it's really well shaded. I like the treasures the most except at the very front of the picture, because they seem a bit too bright there. A bit depth missing I think. The stonewall in the background looks good too. But a bit like you used the almost same shape for all ledges and cliffs though. So may try to let the cracks go into a few more different directions. Other than that really great stones! So all in all it's great shaded. Most of what is bothering me may wouldn't have happened digitally. But we all know that when it comes to traditional art there are some limits when it comes to overcoloring and changing already done things.

Pose of the dragon:
This pose sure is special: (Last time I mention it) Octopus. Because the limbs go into 5 directions it easily can be confusing. Or maybe it's just me and I have a predilection for Octopuses today. I need to say that the pose has it positives too! I like the way the dragon is laying on the pile of treassures. I don't think I saw such a pose within the last months, another thing: the dragon looks really relaxed, already from the fact that it's resting it's head on the wing.

Depending on what you wanted to draw it may failed or was a success. If the dragon is supposed to seem greedy then I need to say... It looks far too relaxed in my mind. But if the dragon is supposed to look simply satisfied with what it has, then it was a success. Because that's the way the dragon seems.



Okay, Hopefully this wasn't a too long critique for you. Don't forget, most of the things I mentioned may be personal likings/disliking. Still I hope that those 833 words were not wasted and turn out to be somehow useful for you!

Greetings, Goldy~
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:iconihanakoi:
IHanakoI Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that's just awesome
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:iconaristi1982:
aristi1982 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist
this whole series is so very cool!!!
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:iconnordiclynx:
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing colours and details :)
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:iconbiggs2:
biggs2 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg! I'm reading the book and this is a great way to picture the dragon! Thank you!
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:iconeviecats:
Eviecats Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Absolutely beautiful contrast of complimentary colors here!
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:icontheguardianw0lf:
TheGuardianW0lf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
DIM RED DRAGONS xD
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:iconboomersroundthebend:
BoomersRoundTheBend Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic color palette, and loving the shapes used to make the dragon. Swirls for Da~ys. :)
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:iconnicole-marie-walker:
Nicole-Marie-Walker Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece was featured in my journal here.
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:iconneedleguns:
Needleguns Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Kisses ass*
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:iconjeaikman:
JEAikman Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing :) It's so detailed, yet so inkeeping somehow with the simplicity of the original book illustrations :)
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:iconadavesseth:
adavesseth Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work! Love the vibrant colours. :)
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:iconfangbite:
Fangbite Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Wow! I love smaug! And this is everything I've ever imagined him to be:D
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:iconrin-chan1234:
Rin-chan1234 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O Amazing!!
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:iconbirdman-hwah:
BirdMan-Hwah Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Beautiful! I love your rendition of Smaug.
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:iconnicole-marie-walker:
Nicole-Marie-Walker Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing colors and textures and everything!
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:iconelementaljess:
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So lush and beautiful.
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:icontatchu:
Tatchu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning skills... One question, how big is the original painting?
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:iconfruitbatslyra:
fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an epic Smaug. I love the colors, fantastic work here! :clap:
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SilverShadowess Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I love how he's hugging his treasure, like he loves it too much to even let it go. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I read the book a few years ago.
I really like the dark blue of the cave walls in contrast to the mountain of gold and gems.
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Ace118 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
brill
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nobarawolfgirl Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
just saw this movie over the weekend and I LOVED IT! :D
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:iconfmainuyasha:
FMAInuYasha Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
his scales didnt look very red at the end of the movie I hope that was just me being tired and not the director being retarded lol
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Dappleswirl Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, just.....wow :wow:
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Aabysinyaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just art/nerdgasmed holy cow this is brilliant
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shadowhawk6776 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh so beautiful!!!!!
Just finished watching the movie (I hate the cliff-hanger ending when Smaug opens his eye) and this just made my day
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Soo beautiful! :love: I had a feeling it was Smaug even before I saw the title!! How ironic it is that I just finally went out and saw The Hobbit in theater's yesterday :giggle: Which by the way, is an awesome movie and well worth the watch. :heart:
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StormingDragon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(Or nowadays should we say Benedict Cumberbatch's lair? ;D )

Absolutely gorgeous and jaw-dropping blend of colors everywhere. A nice mix of warm and cold ones, as the critique-er said. This is one of your creations which you ought to look at when your life is gloomy and terrible, to remind yourself just what you're capable of with effort and with art. Akreon ftw.
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Kat-Ambros Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist
Smaug? isn't that the name of the Gap Dragon?
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:iconnehemet:
Nehemet Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice :)
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:iconsussthedevil:
sussthedevil Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
God damn that one is beautiful!
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:iconcheesysheep:
cheesysheep Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous colors!
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:iconfrayaldernari:
FrayAldernari Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Love this! DId you use watercolor?
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:iconfanta19:
Fanta19 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist
Jakie to jest niesamowite!
Podziwiam Cię, ja nie umiem utrzymać pędzla w ręce :D
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:iconsaralaar:
saralaar Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I love the details you put in the treasure and smaug's expresion!
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:iconreptonic:
Reptonic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
For some reason, this remind me of greed from seven deadly sins.
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:iconsarani-chan:
sarani-chan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
woooow that is fantastic :iconiwantitplz:
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:iconkuziifish:
Kuziifish Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No critique from me, but I must say this is lovely. Not how I pictured Smaug's lair when I read the book, but definitely gorgeous. :)
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I hope they make his wings believable. :/
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:iconkingwaldo:
KingWaldo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
That's a fuckin' sweet dragon bro
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:icontherandomartistchick:
therandomartistchick Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love the colours.
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Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
cool work!
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:iconlordstarscream89:
LordStarscream89 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That looks simply amazing :D You did an awesome Job on Smaug and the coloring looks just fantastic!! I can't wait to see him in the next Hobbit Movies *_*
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Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
this deserves a feature.
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Kkohaku Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
akwarela?O_O
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:iconriitual:
Riitual Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I love this painting so much - it is much better than I ever imagined it to be.

You are a truly brilliant artist akreon, your pictures never disappoint. The composition, the colours used, it is just beautifully executed.
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EmptyHollowVoid Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Daaaaaaaaamn!
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:iconshadowofnights:
ShadowOfNights Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! Was this done with water color?
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:iconakreon:
akreon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, yes it was :)
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ShadowOfNights Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Holy Moly! How long did that take?! D8
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:iconikiyouyou:
Ikiyouyou Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Very exceptional job! He LOOKS like Smaug. I wouldn't have mistaken him for any other dragon!
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