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Lagoon's Lament by JohnSu Lagoon's Lament by JohnSu
Vector art, yeah baby

== story ==

Lagoon was just minding his own business, crawling along the rocky shore, when he came across something that caught his eye: a large, inviting bracelet. Surely this will be safe, he thought, and will not result in someone drawing a picture of its aftermath online, so he went ahead and slipped it onto his tail as trolls his age are accustomed to doing.

Oh no! Found jewelry was cursed? Nobody saw this coming! It was sealed with the soul of an Adventurer or something like that, and now where Lagoon's beautiful tail should have ended, there was this hideous creature growing out of it arrrgh this is so gross.

So this Adventurer (or Adventuress? Lagoon cannot distinguish between male and female humans; they all look the same to him, and it frankly doesn't matter to him) keeps talking and wanting to do things, like find treasure or kill a monster or save somebody or something. Who knows. Lagoon doesn't have time to listen to this. Shut Up. Just...Shut Up.

== art ==

I am pleased with how this piece came out. I had revisited vector art not long ago and wanted to try it again with a more detailed piece. However, like that time, I have forgotten to primarily use gradients. Well, this at least gives me an excuse to try again.

I also enjoyed designing the Adventurer (whom I shall name Lacuna). Her anatomy is kind of exaggerated, but that's the fun of stylized drawing, right? Her sword thing was also fun to design, even though it looks hard to hold (imagine the knubs on the sides of the handle are buttons that depress when you grasp it).

Lagoon's design originally called for only two arms, but I wanted him to hold his head with one arm, put another arm on Lacuna's shoulder, and hold a bottle of liquor in another. That didn't quite add up, so I gave him an extra pair of arms. His design draws inspiration from Inque, Blackheart, and a hagfish.

Made in Flash
quoted quest © Pendleton Ward
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NightSummerRain Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
wxzhenghoppytruffles Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ha, that is awesome!
got it backward in my mind for a sec when i read the description.XD
IceFeather9110 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
paintedwolf5 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool :)
Glee-chan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your artist description is priceless!
NeoStar10 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This sorta reminds me of one of my OCs, Ouroboros, a liquid shape-shifter who sometimes turns into a arm for his human friend. Still, very cool picture!
That-Dude247 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome.
Not just the picture, but unlike most things on this site, it actually has an interesting story behind it!
sashan-chan Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Poor Lagoon... his beautiful tail...
lord-of-the-trout Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Is there a particular reason you're so awesome? Did you get bitten by a radioactive Chuck Norris, or are you just super awesome at drawing naturally.
CanadianPride66 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is awesome! Poor Lagoon~
Neesboy Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Lagoon may now be in the running for my favorite monster. X) I can just picture him slamming a ninja repeatedly against a brick wall for stress relief using two hands, using the other two to gesticulate (or gesticulate and drink) as he tries to convince Lacuna of the futility of it all while she fights off another three ninjas with her sword.

And yes, that backstory is awesome. :D
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

You understand Lagoon.
Neesboy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Thanks! Your art and description were great- you can't help but feel for the poor troll. It's like every day is a Monday for him.
nightmare70 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I want to see an expanded story of this.
StoicNinja Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I love this. I think it may be my personal favorite amongst all your works, JohnSu. I think we should see more of the misadventures of Lagoon and Lacuna. Also it just occurred to me that maybe the buttons on the sides of Lacuna's sword are there so that the swords special power activates only when she's holding it, so as to not waste the batteries.
AltoClarinetist Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
This is much more fun than the "possession by a demon" thing. : D
redrose55x Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, I thought it was the other way around. but I can understand the want for her to shut up. I get that a lot. I won't shut up either. am I annoying you? I am arn't I. sorry. I'm very talkative. I'm shutting up now.
Rosella-of-Daventry Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish this was a video game really, really bad.
KyamiMcClow Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
lmao nice i like tha story
Rachel-deRegt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
LMAO at the Adenture Time reference XD
this is really cool ^^ you always write the coolest stories to go with your drawings :D
sinisteray Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wicked character design for both Lagoon and the Adventure/ss! I love the turn-around of the un-human creature having a human-creature attatched to them, rather than vise-versa. Brilliant as always!
Mjonir001 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
So much brilliance in one place deserves a reward! But as a true artist, you probably don't even want a reward! So I won't give you one other than a secret wish.
RB-Illustration Featured By Owner May 10, 2010   Digital Artist
I love the descriptions you put on your pictures. They're awesome. XD
UserShadow7989 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
lmao. Of all JohnSu's works, this is my favorite. That says plenty right there. For the love of all that is alcoholic and combustable, someone make this into a hard cover book length epic, or at least, y'know, a short comic series. Once you do that, do every other brilliant work he's made. JohnSu is made of win and explosions.
SenriSasaki Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
What time is it? :iconfinnplz:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
leedom111 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice subversion to have the description focus on the troll.
When I first saw this I immediately assumed that the adventurer was the "main character"
AmberStoneArt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
I regret that I can't see the troll's face because my monitor is dark and crappy and the good one is being fixed somewhere far away right now. I got to read it, though, and ... freaking hilarious. :) :heart:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the face is a bright white spot in the end of his head
AmberStoneArt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
I got my monitor back. It makes so much more sense now...
AmberStoneArt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Ah. ^^; It is very hard to see right now. I thought maybe he was drinking something. ^^; heh heh
WarMonster Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
The story is like the reverse of what would usually happen. I love it!
Insan-Kun Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Iz it adventure time?
Alimarialinder Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Osha-Briefs Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Your mind has been transported back in time--AND TO MARS!!
CMVreud Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
that'S the best backgroundstory ever
and i mean it

... just shut up
Zinfer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
LOL! XD that's so great
Phsychotica Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Gimme back my diamonds.
calicobird Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
that's what he get's for being a thief!:iconnotimpressedplz:
Dreaming-Glory Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
AHAA, is that an Adventure Time reference I see? xD Oh I loved that mini cartoon.

I love how this doesn't have lineart. And I'm loving Lagoon's design! o:
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