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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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LightningOfTheDragon Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  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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UltimaOX Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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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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  Hobbyist 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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JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist 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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JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The steam was done in SAI.
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