The Hobbit Book cover

 ART DIRECTION

Keith Greiman

This illustrated cover for The Hobbit was made to emphasize the theme of Bilbo’s bravery by showing just how small he is compared to the dragon Smaug. The composition was made with micron pens and colored in photoshop. To ground the dragon’s eye in reality I referenced crocodile, boa constrictor, and Gila monster eyes. I used a mixture of stippling and cross-hatching to give the different scales texture. The title is pays homage to classic fantasy literature, while the gold O references the all important One Ring that Bilbo finds on his journey.