Thursday, December 19, 2013

King Under the Mountian: CG HUB 3D Creature Planet

My Interpretation of Smaug done for 3D Creature Planet Dragon challenge on CGHUB.

Tolkien always described his dragons as a physical representation of
greed, power and manipulation. So I wanted to base his face off
a viper. I also noted that Smaug is listed as a Fire-drake which in and
of themselves were initially wingless after being bred by Morgoth in the First Age.
Smaug is also referred to several times as a Wyrm which are more snake
then traditional 4 legged beasties. Looking at Tolkien's own
interpretation, He is generally depicted with a long snake like body,
small limbs and large wings (as a hurricane after all). So I decided to
combine all of the inspirations for a representation that is a kind of
transitional form trying to adapt and survive in the changing climate of Middle Earth. An amalgam between Wyrm and Fire Drake.

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