This book brings a look into the collected process of bringing this grand fire breather to the big screen. A lot of detail about the creative process and active collaboration between several artists is mentioned in this art book.
The concept art of John Howe's really shows hows Smaug started with various and different forms. Examples being that the dragon started out with the classic four legs, and a more ferret form body. It later progressed through muscular adaptations to a more sinuous wyvern (a 2-legged, winged drake). John Howe's concept art really shows how the (concept of the) dragon changed over time and how a quest for bringing an anatomically correct dragon to the big screen.
Andrew Baker, Jamie Beswarick, and several others bring the story of the extensive process of building a convincing and performance-driven character. Even Mr. Cumberbatch, who provided the voice and motion capture, talks about his history and personal take on Smaug.
Once you have read this book you will not be able to wait to see the dragon in action in the third Peter Jackson movie.
Compiled by the Academy-Award-winning teams at Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, who provide fascinating insights telling the story of the dragon’s creation, and featuring an exclusive foreword by Benedict Cumberbatch, this is the perfect companion for every fan who was blown away by Smaug, the Magnificent!
I do still prefer tolkien's drawing of the dragon, but hey... might be the Tolkien fundamentalist in me!
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