Wednesday, August 31, 2011

STS-4: The End, Page 2

And here's page 2 of our short story. As a heads up, if you want to read this without any interruptions from other posts in the way, just click on the tag on this post "The End" and only these pages will show up!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

STS-3: Fantasy Webcomic Announcement!

For the last year, if you've followed Caroline or I, you've seen us talking about a fantasy comic we're working on. Well, not only are we well ahead on the work, but it now has a title and its time to talk about it in a real capacity finally!

Of Stars and Swords is a fantasy webcomic we'll be launching very soon. It follows a young Half-Elf girl, Seren, as she deals with the usual troubles of a high fantasy world: Magic, zombies, monsters, and of course, other greedy adventurer types. There will be a fairly good sized rotating cast of other characters through the comic, and we'll be launching with a story all about Seren's history and back story before diving into everything else.

Once we go live with the comic, we'll be updating twice a week. The main update day will consist of the page for that week, and the second update each week will be background information, development sketches, and other bits and pieces of world building info.

Until the full on launch, I'll be posting preview panels and other pieces of art here. To kick that off, here's our first, and still main, design for Seren. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

STS-2: The End, Page 1

Here is the first page of an 8 page comic Caroline and I put together for the Eagle Initiative competition that, sadly, ended up not happening. I'll be uploading a page of it every Wednesday for the next few weeks until it's done, and looking through them, they stand well enough on their own to deal with the slower pace. And, clearly, you'll want to click the image to make it readable.

I have a lot to say about this story, but for now, I'll keep it short. I might talk about this in more detail once the whole thing is done or over in the other blog. But put simply, these pages are now well over a year old. While they definitely aren't the best work in the world, I'm proud of them as these are the first full pages Caroline and I did completely ourselves. Script, pencils, inks, colors, letters, you name it, we did it. It was a great deal of work and we have learned quite a lot from it.

So, again, I hope others can enjoy this, too.

EDIT: And now fixed so that it's a full size image without having to click on it! Hooray!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

STS-1: Ready for Launch

So here we are, Serious Turtle Studio.

This is the soon to grow art home of Graham and Caroline Johnson. We're a husband and wife art team, and our focus is on comics. Which, of course, means that most of what will soon be here will be focused on the comic projects we're working on, plus random odds and ends here and there.

I'll make the rest of this short, as this is just an introduction that's likely only to be seen by few and then never gone back to by anyone that discovers this place after...and that's fine.

At this point, here's our plan for this blog. For the next few weeks, every Wednesday, we'll be posting a single page from a comic short story we created together for the Eagle Initiative. Sadly, the competition failed to happen, but we still want to show the work off. I'll talk more about it tomorrow when I post the first page, but suffice to say, the story is the first comic we've worked on fully together, and while it definitely isn't perfect, we're both proud of it on the whole.

Beyond that, there will be some irregular updates in the form of small previews of what we're currently working on and possibly random doodles.

Lastly, you can check out more of Caroline's previous work over at her Deviantart page. She'll likely be crossposting much of what ends up here over there, but I know there will also be things on that page that never make it to this blog. So definitely follow her there, too. As for me, you can find my musing on comics and sometimes other topics over at my other blog, The Next Panel. I tend to babble, clearly, so you've been warned.