So my friend and fellow Weta Workshop designer Daniel Falconer has just released the next Hobbit Chronicle about a wee dragon named Smaug. Its an awesome book that showcases all the countless people's hard work in bringing the most iconic dragon ever to life!
Here are a few sneak peeks of some of my Smaug concepts as well. Most of these were inspired by the idea of a more wyrm like body - not unlike the more sinuous sketch Tolkien drew. For us this direction was interesting as it departed away from the many dragons we had seen previously in other films. Like all concept design the main purpose in an initial round like this is to offer plenty of options and variety of approach.