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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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MowenDesigns 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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JohnSu Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm looking forward to their official release as well!
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You don't need logic or science when you put a cowboy hat on a star person. Great work!
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How did you do the smoke/steam effect for the train in adobe flash?
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JohnSu Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The steam was done in SAI.
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Alcoholication 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 Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds Gainax.

HAVE IT MADE!
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ILikeCommas Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's AWESOME.
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budgiesarecool 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 Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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