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Race to the Stars by JohnSu Race to the Stars by JohnSu
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This was a guest piece I made for the upcoming indie game Starbound, which I am eagerly awaiting (estimated 2013 release). Ahhh, I want to play it!

Since I don't own the lore behind these guys, I won't go much into backstory, but I suppose I could give a brief introduction to each race as they appear in this picture from front to back, with links to their official bio's (if available):

Humans - no information on them. Who are these guys who look just like us and use our name? Is mankind of the future REPLACED by something of their making?? (<- children)
Avians - bird folk. The large one can probably crush an old pear with his bare hands.
Apex - monkey folk. They weren't always like this. But now they are.
Hylotl - underwater people. No information has been released yet. The large one can probably crush an old pear with his bare hands.
Glitch - robots. They were some sort of simulation project that got stuck in the medieval phase.
Florans - murder plants. I suspect the main reason they want to go into space is so they can eat the guys listed above.

I think a dozen characters might be the new record for me to draw in a single illustration, but it was a worthwhile experience and a challenging exercise!

Characters made in Flash
Background drawn in SAI
Starbound Chucklefish
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:iconbadassman2:
Badassman2 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
This looks like something right out of the opening of an anime.
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:icontrainacus:
Trainacus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's supposed to be anime :)
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:iconeraezr:
Eraezr Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, looks good. For some reason the blue guy made me laugh.
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:iconzac-films:
Zac-Films Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, murder plants.
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:iconrinim10:
rinim10 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Ah man this is epic. Can't wait for them to add in more story elements in the game
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:iconpaladinofgoodwill:
Paladinofgoodwill Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
If this was an anime, I'd probably watch it.

and I'm not really that big on anime.
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:iconrinim10:
rinim10 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
I was thinking the exact same thing
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:iconedgedfang:
EdgedFang Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me so much of Phantasy Star.
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:iconasong0116:
asong0116 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful characters!
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:iconforincognitouse:
ForIncognitoUse Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
...Glitch?
GLITCH?
METAL ARMS!!
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:iconrinsley:
Rinsley Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That male Apex with his glass of wine is the most stoic mofo I've ever seen.
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:iconninemeaw:
Ninemeaw Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love it!
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:iconpsnradicalhighway:
PSNRadicalHighway Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
<3
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:iconmecha-ghost:
mecha-ghost Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
adventure awaits.
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:iconzulugods:
ZuLuGods Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Its awesome that you love Starbound so much! Before I even knew of your work I thought to myself "This artwork is pretty amazing, reminds me a lot of Gurren Lagann and SAO." Then I saw the Novakids and fell in love with them and were mainly why I pre-ordered the diamond package which is 75 dollars. Thanks alot for your contributions! I even made this my desktop wallpaper! Please make some more!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I might make some more when the game releases!

At this point I don't want to just tease people about a game they can't play.
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:iconhenry1232123:
henry1232123 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Well, its in beta now. GIB MOAR
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have no more excuses!

Oh wait, here's one for now:
I will wait until the "last wipe" patch
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:iconhenry1232123:
henry1232123 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Well, its in beta now. GIB MOAR
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:iconsydneyitssydneyyo:
SydneyitsSydneyYo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
SO AWESOME!!!!!! I love this, dude this is so beautiful and cool!! ...I got to get SAI. xOx
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:icona-random-otaku:
A-Random-Otaku Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
I just wonder what made them look in the same direction.....
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
a constellation that looked like a perfect pair of buttocks
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:iconajanime22:
Ajanime22 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Wow! So vibrant!
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:iconnight4ce:
Night4ce Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I have a question... My I use some of this picture as a part (or main part) of my Youtube background. I will put in credits to you. The channel is new and I'm still getting things like Thumbnail artwork done and video intros made and ready for videos. I plan to make a Starbound news/creative showcase/guide/adventure channel to help others who are lost in the game. I did the same thing with Terraria and I got a lot of good feedback. I plan on this channel to be even better!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, be my guest!
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:iconnight4ce:
Night4ce Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
All set and done along with a fan page! Gonna make a video in the next day or so. Give the page a like and/or subscribe to see whats going on the the game development! Your credit is on the images to the left-center. *youtube you'll have to right click it and "view image"

[link]

[link]
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice!
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:icondak47922:
dak47922 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Amazing! Just Amazing! Superb job!
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:iconyummyyums:
yummyyums Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
is it just me, or does the human look like kirito and asuna
saw on the webpage but didnt know u drew it :D
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:iconhanonesail:
HanOneSail Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
really cool!
I had a self imagined concept of a similar universe.
Except it does tie into my novel.
Maybe one day you might want to check out my gallery.
I am just a writer >.< and a visionary.

[link]

I saw the trailer too! It is nice and nostalgic!
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:iconchurch1000:
Church1000 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Could you make an updated version to include the Novakid?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I probably should
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:iconazuresigns:
AzureSigns Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
The humans very slightly look like the main characters from SAO. Was that your intention?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, though I hear that often.
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:iconazuresigns:
AzureSigns Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Also what's up with the white blotch to the left of the female Hylotl? Is that what I think it is?
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:iconcmmdrshepard:
CmmdrShepard Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
leave a comment huh? Ok, this plan and simply put rocks!
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:iconorublet:
Orublet Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Fantastic artwork!!!!!
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:iconpeter-califergames:
Peter-CaliferGames Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This is fantastic, great work! I'm looking forward to this game too, thanks for sharing this.
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:iconmosselboss:
Mosselboss Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait for this game! Thanks for this! :D
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Taicon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
O wow, that space is fantastic. the stars and the purple hues are amazing. Let alone the excellent job of the Starbound races.
You wouldn't happen to be taking commissions at all would you? That is precisely the type of spacey background I've been wanted to have done for my comic website which is under construction yet almost done.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Unfortunately I do not have any foreseeable plans to take commissions.
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:iconminkymy:
Minkymy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Your work is so magical~
I like how the male Apex is holding a glass of wine. I don't even know why, I just do.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
IT IS THE BLOOD OF HIS ENEMIES GRAPES
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:iconminkymy:
Minkymy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
... So it's the blood of grape Florans?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thinking about Floran grapes is a dangerous route
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:iconminkymy:
Minkymy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Is it because they'd be comparable to children?
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:iconghost-nerdy:
ghost-nerdy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student General Artist
fantastic
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:iconsyasian:
Syasian Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Is it just me, or are the stars really twinkling?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that might be saliva on the monitor
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