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AZOG from The Hobbit AUJ by grantgoboom AZOG from The Hobbit AUJ by grantgoboom
Some quick fan art of the Pale Orc, Azog the Defiler, from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Such a cool baddie, I had to draw him. As of this moment (about a week after the movie's come out), there's almost no reference of him available on the internet, so I had to go off memory and a few tiny, blurry pics. Hopefully I didn't mess up that claw too bad. : P I may have to draw his awesome white warg at some point, too, and maybe sneak them both into my new art book: [link]

Some of the book purists are annoyed that Azog's in the movie – The character exists in Tolkien lore, but his story was changed/expanded a bit so that the first film would have a more effective villain, ala Lurtz or Gothmog. I personally thought it worked great. While I love the books, I don't have a single problem with creative adjustments that make for a more solid and entertaining movie. And, c'mon, you need mini-bosses to keep the characters on their toes until they reach the big bosses. It's just good storytelling.
:)

I loved the movie – I can't wait to see it again this weekend (and REALLY can't wait for film 2, Desolation of Smaug)!
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la-ela Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice!
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EclipseMind Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, that's great!

Also, I heard that the second part of the Hobbit trilogy will have some insight on Gandalf's 'other business' driving the Necromancer out of Mirkwood, too.
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Giratina3456 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Despite him being extremely evil and all that, I thought his eyes were very pretty.
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buzzybeeGIRL Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Azog is an amazing baddie. I'm generally a book purist, but I loved how Jackson brought the characters more to life (I mean, I'm getting to know about some of the dwarves more than I did in Tolkien's book - this isn't an insult to him, but he mainly focused on Gandalf, Bilbo, and Thorin, and while that's fine, I would have liked more information on the others, that said, Bofur ftw).

The only thing I can see missing is the spike that goes through his arm. See, the claw isn't attached to his arm - it's part of a sharpened spike, and the spike has been RAMMED into his arm, just below the elbow, I think?

Yeah. Azog. He's hardcore.
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CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Rammed into his arm? Dear God that's brutal. But being an orc, I guess brutality is pleasure.
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HomieBear Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I loved this movie so much and was inspired to search my Unfinished Tales to see what was from Tolkien and whatnot. Azog is mentioned as the slayer of Thrór and that he basically defiled his body as well. So, Azog the Defiler. Works for me! Love this.
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KuznyaDragonOfBaa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He`s pretty scary in the movie in my opinion, but his artificial claw had made me laughing.
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Sliversun Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Nice work! I just saw the movie yesterday.

Please do more!
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winter-axe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Wonderfull piece you´ve made here ;3

I simply love the evil grin Azog seems to share so generously(it could almost match the Mouth of Sauron :P)

Despite his prothesis. Azog looks healthy, almost handsome for an orc. It makes me wonder why. Perhaps he's always been big and strong enough to claim an extra portion of meat or he might not even be raised by orcs at all... Whatever it is I bet his history is at least slightly different than other orcs'.
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CursedFreak Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so in need of reference images of Azog and the Great Goblin!! :P

I have mixed feeling regarding Azog's insertion in the film though, while it seemed unnecessary I always like to see orc individuals getting the spotlight, after finally watching the film I thought he looked cool but his scenes (with the exception of the flashback) kind of bored me, I almost felt him shouting in my head "rawr! I'm filler!!"
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G-manbg Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha nice :D
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IanCorrao Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really awesome, I thought he was pretty cool too. Not sure if his design was before or after Guillermo del Toro gave up on production (not sure of the story there) but his design looked very Pan's Labyrinth inspired. He was still really cool and I agree it made the orcs have more of a purpose. The movie was great too, recently finished reading the Hobbit and as we all know it doesn't line up 1 for 1 with the book... but that's not bad at all. I think this movie works well on many levels and really fits snug within the LOTR movie adaptations. Loved the Necromancer parts, can't wait to see more if, there will be any, in the next movies.

ha also, awesome work! Sorry about the movie rant :)
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Xiromidnight Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hate to be nit picky, but... blue eyes.
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Xiromidnight Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
still awesome though!
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HannibalRex Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Azog, the Undefeated Orc.....sorta. Icahn tottally see and hear Crixus in him since I found out Manu Bennett plays Azog.
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KerenGoldian Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Well done :)
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hallosse Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool! He looks really good. Or bad, as the case may be - Azog is a villain, after all...
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Tensen01 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
He also serves to help make the Dwarves more proactive, like most of the changes do. In the Book almost everything that happens happens TOO or AT the Dwarves, very little happens BECAUSE of them.
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grantgoboom Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Agreed.
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hallosse Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Agreed!
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Xephyriel Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist
mnn... Azog~
:love: I love this Orc. One of the best parts of the Hobbit.
Great job on him!
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Drachorn Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is just such a sexy orc isnt he? x3 Well done! :D
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Auginator Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
awesome please tell me you will be doing more characters from the hobbit movies.
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hallosse Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
That would be very cool....
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Auginator Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
sweet im seeing it on friday and I cant wait
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hallosse Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome! XD
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Auginator Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
just got back and it was awesome loved it
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hallosse Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool! :D
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Radarai Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, nice job Grant! He was a cool villain, and I liked his design. I hope he gets a cooler spike hand eventually though.
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grantgoboom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, it is kind of a stupid-looking spike hand thingee, especially for such a cool character. Maybe he'll upgrade in movie 2 or 3. :)
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LemonLimePanda Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
but he's had that for a while right? cause he lost it in the battles YEARS before then.
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grantgoboom Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
True... we don't know how long he's had it.
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Radarai Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, that would be cool.
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i-kingpin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Ace! I really liked his character design.
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CommanderZero1 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
I really loved the movie especially the main antagonist for our hero's, but the CGI really started to bug towards the end. I mean practically mostly everything was done CGI the orcs, goblins, battles, etc.

I didn't mind the white ork being computerized it actually look quite epic when the first introduce him, but by the time they were being chased I was getting bored of trying to figure out who is hitting what. Luckily Azog came and saved the day by confronting the dwarven prince once more.

Loved the film, can't wait for the next one just hope they don't add too much CGI or else it'll remind me of the Star Wars prequels. (Not comparing them just analyzing how they created amazing costumes for Nazgul, orks, Goblins, and Uruk-Hai in the 3 films.)
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hinchen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I agree on everything you said. :thumbsup:
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DarkstreamStudios Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah that movie was a good time. I was a bit disappointed he had a fork for a hand though lol. Nice rendition of him
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KrakenGuard Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Yeah, Azog was sort of one of those "Wow! This guy's pretty cool!" sort of characters... :D
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This looks awesome! How strange that it's difficult to find reference...from my memory...this is him!

And the movie was fantastic and entertaining....I wouldn't go NEAR the 48fps version, but the traditional 2D version totally swept me away.
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grantgoboom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man! Yeah, I saw both 24fps and 48fps, and did NOT care for the 48fps. Loved the movie, but the High Frame Rate format really bugged me.
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hinchen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
He is such an awesome bad guy.
Cool pic! You captured him very well. :star:
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thebigjb Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Artist
YEEEESSS! Great work, man. And yeah, I loved the movie too. I'm actually pondering whether I like it better than LOTR... /hides
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borisgobert Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
muy bueno felicidades que buena ilustración
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Montross Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What's really cool is that while The Desolation of Smaug is a year away, There and Back Again is only a year and a half away.

Great work as always, man. If you've ever seen Spartacus on STARS, you'd know that Manu Bennett was probably having a field day as Azog. I'd love to see the special features to find out how much was him in a costume and how much was CG embellishment.
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grantgoboom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man! I've never actually seen Spartacus the TV show, it's been on my list of "need to watch" shows. But, yeah, I can't wait to see all the behind-the-scenes stuff for Hobbit when it hits Blu-ray (extended edition)! :)
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Montross Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh yeah, blu-ray for sure.

Spartacus is a really good show. It's about as mature as it can get (violence, language, sex/nudity... the bare essentials) but the writing and acting are top-notch. Of course being a dramatization there are some liberties taken with regards to historical accuracy (I'm a history major, I know these things) but since the show is so well put together I can't complain.
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grantgoboom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome, I'll definitely have to check that out sometime. Sounds like it'd be right up my alley. :)
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Montross Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed.

Another good thing is that the final season starts in January. The reason why that's a good thing is because the show is ending according to the showrunners' original plan, not because some studio exec decided to punt it out of the lineup. That means that we the audience will get a conclusion that's been planned well in advance that ties up the loose ends in a satisfactory fashion (Sort of like the new BSG. Speaking of which, how awesome was Blood & Chrome? Can't wait for the unrated blu-ray in Feb.)

So that means you'll have 3 seasons of 10 episodes each plus a 6 episode prequel miniseries. More than enough to sink your teeth into, but not so much that you'll waste your life away trying to watch it all.
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grantgoboom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I actually haven't watched Blood & Chrome yet. I watched the 1st episode, then decided to hold off on the rest and just watch the whole thing when it hits Blu-ray. :) I figure, we waited this long, I can wait a couple more months for the full-on experience.
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Montross Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fair enough. I found it to be quite good. It's a shame it won't live to be a full on series.
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