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)!