How to Draw Smaug

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"My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail is a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!"
- Smaug, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Smaug is a fictional dragon. He is a fire drake living in the Third Age of Middle-earth. He was said to be the last "great" dragon of that realm.

Smaug represents the archetypal European-style dragon, a testament to the author's knowledge of folklore and mythology.

He is reptilian with great wings and drawn to treasure. His lifespan is thousands of years, and he is of an immense size.

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Can you draw a cartoon of the great dragon, Smaug? Yes, you can! This step-by-step cartoon dragon drawing tutorial is here to help.

You won't need a mystical ring or a magic sword to slay this drawing guide - all you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Japanese Dragon, Chinese Dragon, and Dragon Head.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Smaug

Smaug drawing - step 1
How to Draw Smaug: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the dragon's head. Outline the teardrop-shaped dragon eye. Shade a circle within it to form the pupil and contour around the eye using curved lines. Use a series of connected curved lines to draw the eye ridge and the top of the head. The lines should connect at jagged points.

Smaug drawing - step 2
How to Draw Smaug: Step 2

2. Draw the nose using a curved line and shade a small teardrop shape to indicate the nostril. Draw the open mouth using curved "Y" shaped lines. Then, use a series of curved lines that connect at rounded points to complete the outline of the lower jaw. Draw curved lines at the corner of the mouth.

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Smaug drawing - step 3
How to Draw Smaug: Step 3

3. Draw "U" shaped lines to outline the teeth within the open mouth. Then, use a series of connected curved lines to begin outlining the wisps of smoke escaping the mighty jaws.

Smaug drawing - step 4
How to Draw Smaug: Step 4

4. Continue to draw the smoke or flame coming from the dragon's mouth, using curved lines that meet at jagged points. Use curved and jagged lines to enclose a similar amorphous shape within the first.

Smaug drawing - step 5
How to Draw Smaug: Step 5

5. Draw the neck and shoulders. First, draw spikes at the back of the head using curved lines that meet at points. Then, draw overlapping curved lines to form the sinuous neck. Overlap another curved line to begin the shoulder.

Smaug drawing - step 6
How to Draw Smaug: Step 6

6. Draw a curved line to indicate the remaining shoulder blade, then draw the dragon's wing. Extend two curved lines from the shoulder. Then, draw a large "U" shaped line to form the wing's sail. Draw long curved lines down the length of the wing. Connect each of these to the line next to it or to the side of the wing using a short curved line. Finally, outline the remaining wing with a curved line, passing behind the neck.

Smaug drawing - step 7
How to Draw Smaug: Step 7

7. Draw Smaug's arms. Use overlapping curved lines. Note how the fingers culminate in pointed claws.

Smaug drawing - step 8
How to Draw Smaug: Step 8

8. Draw the dragon's rear leg and tail. Use a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points. Draw lines down the center of the tail to indicate the spikes.

Smaug drawing - step 9
How to Draw Smaug: Step 9

9. Draw the treasure Smaug is guarding. Outline the mounds using curved lines. Then, use short curved lines and small ovals to give the pile the texture of coins.

Complete Smaug drawing
How to Draw Smaug: Step 10

Color your cartoon of Smaug. He is typically depicted as red in color.

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