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Race to the Bars by JohnSu Race to the Bars by JohnSu
I don’t make fanart all that often, and it’s even rarer that I make a fanart of the same thing twice, but here we are! More art on an unreleased game I've never played, because I had this idea in my head and I really wanted to draw it.

So this piece is kind of like a culmination of three previous deviations:
1. the first fanart, featuring the playable races
2. the deviation which became part of the game, spawning a new race
3. the shading style which I recently tried and really liked; also, some of the composition.

I wanted to dress up everyone up like prohibition mobsters, but I totally failed to do my research so there are no zoot suits and the only guns are strange variants of tommy guns. I also skimped on the bonework here, so some of these guys have really long limbs! They are the lanky gang. They can reach high shelves and use their pants as hoses.

Fun fact: for the longest time, the plant dude was the only one without a weapon. He was bringing a smile to a gunfight. But at least now he is idiomatically correct!


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:iconastrih-konnash:
Astrih-Konnash Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Loved it - totally 30's! Clap 
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Zac-Films Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That apex looks angry 0.0
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:iconjingai-jigokumoto:
Jingai-Jigokumoto Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
If this were on sherbet cartons—I'd buy every flavor.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
"Which flavor is your favorite? Robot, monkey, or bird?"
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:iconjingai-jigokumoto:
Jingai-Jigokumoto Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
marula
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:iconblagburns-art:
Blagburns-art Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Whats the point of suspenders when you have a belt?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
They're there to demonstrate the artist's lack of understanding when it comes to clothing!

And for double security.
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TheOneAndOnlyToaster Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014   General Artist
Excellent work!~
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Weavle105 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
*Is looking at the Floran for an extended period of time* Hmmm... What does this remind me off?... OHH, MYY, GOOOD!!! I CAN MAAKE JUDAS!!!... Man, that really reminds of the old for-OH MY F&@%ING GOD I HAVEN'T BEEN THERE IN AGES!!! SON OF A B#&%$!!!
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Weavle105 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
*Dashes away to the forum*
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:iconchibimomiji123:
ChibiMomiji123 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Totally rad. I'm digging these colors and lanky designs. 
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WWII44 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Starbound needs a Tommy Gun esque fire arm or a race based of of 20's and 30's gangsters.
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:iconmrecyjo:
MrECYJO Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
I can't wait for Novakids! These are going to be my fav race cause of wild west culture and fire like body :D
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:iconlevy-wilson:
Levy-Wilson Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
The Floran has a Hazama vibe going on.
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:icondeath-note-lxmisa:
death-note-LxMisa Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well i found my new wallpaper :)
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darkadonis12 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Silly Floran people don't put stab other with their faces!
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:iconelia41:
Elia41 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Is the girl in yellow a Novakid? I really like the species.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She is, and thanks!
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GamingHunter Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is Boss...that is all...Llama Emoji 27 (Awesome) [V2] :thedon 
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Ichimokuren10 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student
Makes me think of Baccano. Mostly the one that that Jacuzzi Splot guy was in. They were a sort of motly crew of bootleggers.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hooray! I did have Baccano music playing when I was drawing this.
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:iconorbitfreeze:
Orbitfreeze Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Ohohoho! That definitely shakes things up!
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:icona-random-otaku:
A-Random-Otaku Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
I really wanna make my characters wear up like this and take a screenshot when Starbound comes out! XD
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hope they have the outfits to support it!
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:iconfutrtrubl:
futrtrubl Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Damn that Glitch is sexy. I will now take a cold light fraction shower.....
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dak47922 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Very awesome!
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xCuriousCatX Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the floran. Reminds me of the joker from batman, which is good, because i love the joker. Nice job!
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Crasscapade Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Oh god, I've been waiting for this game for so long. I saw this picture and it took me a second to realize that it was actually fanart of Starbound. Nice job, dude.
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbek359:
Bek359 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Looks kind of inspired by Lupin III. I like, it's interesting.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I would not know about tilted hats were it not for Lupin III
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Shanog Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work, also con-grads on getting you artwork on the page, you deserve it. I really like you Novakid pic as well. Again amzing work, though strange question, How long did you know about this game? I've only recently seen it, pre-order it, but I'm not sure how long ago it was before it go it's major funding.... Rambling sorry. Anyway again great work!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hm, I'm not sure when I first learned of it, but I've been registered on the forums since October of last year.
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firstandforsaken Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
1920 space gangsters? Nice
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animemanguy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
damn thats some bad ass work
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Cowskeee Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
This is incredible.
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chouinard4 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Really nice style, reminds me of Baccano! for obvious reasons.
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Zerolr-RM Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks awesome!
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:iconazurerat:
AzureRat Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so much awesome.
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yukimujaki68 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Digital Artist
The fact one of my fave humor artists is drawing some fanarts of a game im highly anticipating makes my pants happy :iconicamespeechlesslyplz:
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Show how happy you are to the people around you!
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yukimujaki68 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Digital Artist
YES! Infact i think i will right now!
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It didnt turn out so well... someone threw a pineapple at my pants. :noes:
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redleaveshavefallen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;u; Oh wow, I love seeing this coloring style again. It looks fantastic. The composition is very well done, great work!
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Zenzer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
For some reason the "plant dude" reminds me of Hazama/Terumi from Blazblue. Similar outfit, posture, hair (even thou it id leaves in this pic but well yeah), and the smile. Hazama/Terumi was one of my favorite character design, but personality wise... Well, he was a bad guy...A really bad guy. Extremely powerful too, to the point that a many hundred to thousand year old vampire absolutely feared the "guy" (Hazama/Terumi isn't exactly human ether...).
Also something to note, Hazama/Terumi kept his hands in his pockets to fight because he uses concealed weaponry... In theory that may be why the plant dude is so confident... Or I'm over analyzing again... ether way.
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12izzy3 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
This looks so gangster. (Meant as the slang adjective, but pun intended.)
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Benjabby Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
For some reason I've decided to make character back stories for each of them: The Avian character is a British Vinnie Jones / Jason Statham like 'hardman'. The Hylotl never speaks and is somewhat creepy, but is amazingly skilled with guns. The Floran is an inteligent, smug shady jerk character that only ever kills with his knife. The Apex is just a big brute that's incredibly stupid. The Novakid is a high society kinda Bonnie (as in Bonnie and Clyde) like character. The human is a bounty hunter that is just in it for the money. The Glitch worked in a glitch brothel until she decided she preferred blowing things up.

Great work as always :D
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The Glitch: working in brothels out of preference
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MarcusDranz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
And now I have the Cowboy Bebop theme stuck in my head.
Much obliged, sir.
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Shidyk Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! :D
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