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Novakid by JohnSu Novakid by JohnSu
Sheriff Landers has caught up to Old Redd, who made off in a steam rocket with a barrel of Mrs. Clark’s moonshine. Redd is being charged with theft, assault with a firearm, and improper conduct in the presence of a lady. He is facing up to 20 years in prison, a twelve dollar fine, and a belly full of buckshot.

The sheriff is venting plasma from his right arm pretty badly, but he’ll be fine if he can get this shot off and incapacitate the red giant so he can tend to his wound. But the question is: can he hit a large, bright, stationary target in the open from less than 7 meters away with a shotgun?

Only time will tell (SPOILER: the answer is yes).


Landers & Redd are both specimens of a space-faring people I call "Novakid," which is a no-good race of humanoid gas-bags. If you want to read more about them, I made an info dump full of fake facts in a thread here: [link]

I came up with this idea by looking as ~Suweeka’s sketch of aliens, and then from listening to too much Old Joe Clark. Then I was like "OMG PUT COWBOY HAT ON STAR PEOPLE" and lo and behold, it was done. The space genre can only benefit from more cowboys, in my opinion.

This was a fun exercise in lighting. At one point I was thinking to myself "wait, if these guys are glowing, why isn't any light showing through their clothes?" and then I settled for their clothes being made of lead or something. I'm sure there's tons of bad science in this picture, like coats and gases billowing in a near-vacuum.

Made in Flash (characters & train) & SAI (background)


UPDATE: these guys are goin' into a game! Yeehaw!
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WolfZiX Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  New member  Artist
Nice
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Astrih-Konnash Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Love it! Here from my fiancée who sent me the link (we both play StarBound too)
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halc25 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE IT! here from Coyote Kisses :D 
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DumplingNinja Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
So cool! *bows* you are the chosen one.
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radioactiveDachshund Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Here from Coyote Kisses. This is awesome.
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cainnester Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student
AAAAAAAAAH THIS IS AWESOME AAAAAAAAAAAAH SPACE COWBOYS EVERYWHERE OH I'M DYING
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:iconcrimsondawnbreak:
CrimsonDawnbreak Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Space cowboys can't be beat.
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Jimbob3214 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
*Plasma space cowboys
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LightningOfTheDragon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was used as a thumbnail for coyote kisses six shooter on ENM on youtube  and the best part is that they fit perfectly with eachother 
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
cool~
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UltimaOX Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wait... JohnSu of the Firefall dev team created the iconic concept of the Novakid in Starbound?  This is was to coincidental... See i was "King" of the Firefall forums and one of the old community members from way back in the day, and i always got a chuckle out of your arts back then like the Drowning to Respawn in town comic. And i was also "King" on the Starbound forums, as well as the Former Admin of their community, so i should have known that you did this art but i never made the connection.  But yeah its crazy coincidental that ide come across you in 2 seperate games where your doin art stuff and im doin community stuff.  Basiclly i was trying to remeber your name the other day (dont hate me im terrible with remebering things, and i hated myself for forgetting your name) when i was thinking about that firefall comic i mentioned, and today CeeCee Smith (former Firefall lady) posted a screenie of the "Special Thanks" section of the credits on firefall and BAM there was your name and it made me remeber. The by the magic of the internet i found this place and was lookin at your arts and saw this art and here we are now. God that was alot to type, i need a nap... i dont even remember what i was getting at... D:
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, my liege! You honor me with your words. :bow:
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I-Got-Noctem-2-Carpe Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why haven't they implemented the race yet! QAQ
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JohnSu Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
They're busy working on the core of the game!

But in the mean time, I've implemented the race: community.playstarbound.com/in…
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I-Got-Noctem-2-Carpe Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! thanks! It was actually that race that made me want to play in the first place.
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MowenDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So you are "Bietol"? That's insanely awesome! I've been following you for a while and randomly ran into Novakids when looking (back) into Starbound. After seeing this art and hearing the Novakid Theme I am completely in love with them! Great job to everyone involved!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm looking forward to their official release as well!
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ssroym Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
You don't need logic or science when you put a cowboy hat on a star person. Great work!
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AbeEscape Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
How did you do the smoke/steam effect for the train in adobe flash?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The steam was done in SAI.
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Alcoholication Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So you're the one responsible for this awesome addition to the game.

Fuckin A man
noice
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ForseMaster Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds Gainax.

HAVE IT MADE!
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ILikeCommas Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's AWESOME.
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budgiesarecool Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy gas, you made this picture?! I've been keeping up with Starbound for a while now, but had no idea this was your creation! :D Awesome job and congrats! xD
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ClockworkMidnight Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's a question: if their memory and attention span is so short then how do they remember they have families, or mates, or children? And how can they even have enemies amongst themselves without forgetting one another an hour later? Or really, how would one even remember how to operate a ship?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
answer: it's not that short.
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ClockworkMidnight Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. XD then how short do you say? How long can they maintain memory of something?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Same as you or me. I'm really not sure where this idea of them having short memory comes from. It may have been a misunderstanding on the part of Chucklefish.
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ClockworkMidnight Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, their description of them over there said they have extremely short memories and attention spans and that they don't pass on their learnings so their kids don't know any major technologies or breakthroughs in learning their parents generation might have had and that any major thing they learn is forgotten and is constantly rediscovered and lost again which is why they're slow to progress socially and technologically. XP 

Me and my friends like Role playing our starbound characters so i figured i'd get my info from the guy who made them rather then the site. Creators tend to have more to say about their creations, hope you don't mind the questions. =D
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!

I made a post on this in the Novakid thread that might be helpful for characterizing them: community.playstarbound.com/in…
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ClockworkMidnight Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XP couple more questions, sorry!

As they grow up do they just look like mini versions of adults after they grow a little from their protokid stage? And do Protokid float?
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, and no, they do not float.
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ClockworkMidnight Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo! That helps a lot, much appreciated. =D
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REORC-HUNK Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
They probably just have short memory of old stuff and Technology besides Ships.
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ClockworkMidnight Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, maybe.
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AnonymousIntentions Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Wow, this is amazing ^.^ Also, great to see that they did make it into Starbound!
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DJdemonDestructor49 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. I saw this picture on EpicNetwork Music channel for Coyote Kisses- Six Shooter and I was awesome.
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Phobo-phobic Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK. Now I have to buy Starbound just to play as these guys. Really impressive work!
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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StrangeVoices Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I feel like the concept has far more potential than what its being used for. These should be characters in an awesomenauts western add-on or something. 
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darkadonis12 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Wait... are you telling me that you made these character THEN they went into a game?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's how it went!

Technically they are not available yet (beta), but they will be on release.
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Mushmallow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
. .  I don't know why. But for some reason. I think Sherrif Landers is pretty hot [pun not intended, or maybe it is].
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Mushmallow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also when I look at this I also think of Wild West Hero by ELO.
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KazahsKorner Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is soooo amazing....
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DrawerOrSomething Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is so cool O:
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Icy-Fresh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
quote[his was a fun exercise in lighting. At one point I was thinking to myself "wait, if these guys are glowing, why isn't any light showing through their clothes?" and then I settled for their clothes being made of lead or something. I'm sure there's tons of bad science in this picture, like coats and gases billowing in a near-vacuum.]quote

It looks so much better this way
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Savage-Drone Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
cowboys in space say worddd
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sasuke5648 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
you should do more of this :D (Big Grin)
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