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Smaug the Golden
Fantasy Flight Games
The Hobbit: On the Doorstep
Art Director: Zoe Robinson
Digital

Months before my work on the Battle of Lake-Town Gen Con 2012 LotR deck I was asked to design and illustrate Smaug for the second of two Hobbit themed expansions to the Lord of the Rings card game. These were incredibly fun pieces to work on.

2013 Fantasy Flight Games
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:iconchristianer3:
Christianer3 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2014
The Great Smaug from the Movie,this is Wonderful.
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful!
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconevilscarrlett:
EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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:iconaya-lunar:
Aya-Lunar Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
You are great with dragons, this is gorgeous! So vibrant and warm of colours, and the pale light shining upon his wings looks so cold,. I love the contrast.
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
As a Tolkien fan for many years, I can say that this is one of the two best drawings of Smaug that I have ever seen. The detail and the colouring are superb. As to the number of limbs, that's never detailed in the book, so....
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icondoctor3uk:
doctor3uk Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
So much better than Jackson's screw up.
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I REALLY like the Smaug design in the Hobbit film and feel it was executed beautifully. I would have much preferred to have been able to present my Smaug with a much more realistic and anatomically believable four limbs, but the game company this was created for wanted to stick with a more fantastic six limb creature. My design is merely okay.
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:iconhardcorecrocomire:
HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MY CLAWS ARE LIKE SPEARS

MY TEETH ARE LIKE SWORDS!

MY TAIL! A THUNDERBOLT!

MY WINGS A HURRICANE!!!

AND MY BREATH... DEATH! *breathes fire everywhere*

smaug-
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bluefire6597 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
That detail.
Wow. This is amazing. 
I am speechless. 
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconmuttmix:
MuttMix Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now THAT is a dragon!Jawdrop
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks!
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:iconcrimson-dragon-king:
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Job :)
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcrimson-dragon-king:
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome :)
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:iconnaughtypic:
NaughtyPic Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I wish I were walking around a book shop and see an edition with this as cover. 10/10 would buy.
This is a really amazing job, Chris.
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It was created for the LotR Hobbit card game released from Fantasy Flight Games... so it still can be purchased.
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:iconumirua:
umirua Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn! Now that's inspirational!
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpoofoxpyrocraptor:
PooFoxPyrocraptor Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very old school d&d. that being a good thing. :)
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:icontheivoryfalcon:
TheIvoryFalcon Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student
O_O wow, that's seriously the most amazing drawing of a dragon I've ever seen!
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconburningashdragon:
BurningAshDragon Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooow!!! Oh! mean ssshhhhhhhhh. Best not waky him up. :fear:
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Elder dragons rarely are fully asleep... as Bilbo learned.
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:iconburningashdragon:
BurningAshDragon Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Than I'll walk away veeeery ssllooooowwwlllyyy..
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:iconwhipping-b0y:
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Smaug is awesome, this is awesome.
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconwhipping-b0y:
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
welcome
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:iconnutropix:
nutropix Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
凄い迫力!本家以上にかっこいいです!
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconthe-evil-plankton:
The-EvIl-Plankton Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Awesome dragon. I freakin love dragons.
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconhyenaprincess:
HyenaPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing, this looks just like how I pictured him in the.
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnordiclynx:
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how the colours go from yellow to blue
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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VictorElessar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
really nice!
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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DarthSithari Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
(snores) Heh? What? Wake me when the third Hobbit movie premiers.
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LexUltimecia Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooow! EXCELLENT... I love it <3
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks! :)
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GregLakowske Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Holy crap! That is one of the coolest dragons I've seen in a very long time!your attention to detail is amazing...awesome colors...excellent!
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Much appreciated! Thanks!
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:iconnarsil0420:
narsil0420 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Ah, the red eye makes him much more menacing. When I was looking at it on the card you couldn't really see that detail and it made him look more peaceful and dare I say it... cute!
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Dragonsrule-89 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Smaug never looked better! :D
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:iconchristopherburdett:
christopherburdett Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks!
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rmfst33 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
♥.♥
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