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Fastest Tentacle in the West

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My entry for this week's drwnblog challenge: GUNSLINGER.

In doing this one, I guess I just figured the doing some boring old human in western clothing was NOT ENOUGH. So here - the fastest tentacle in the west prepares to bring hot death on some desert bandits ( out on some godforsaken planet further up the galactic arm). Those of you who know all my aliens might recognize the gunslinger in question from a couple years ago...

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Miakhano's avatar

Nice work on the alien designs. +Watch

4 barrels... great detail
DarkOmen94's avatar
"Don't go for that gun, I need you alive..."

-Hang'em High-
sharknob's avatar
whoaa so inspiring!! 
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Director1265's avatar
This is pretty cool! Sorry, couldn't resist: [link]
povorot's avatar
Perfect fit man!
Director1265's avatar
You really should make a story of some sort! You have the talent for it! Maybe you could do something that's a combination of science fiction and western!
ElSqiubbonator's avatar
You should write a book about these guys!
povorot's avatar
Oh man I tried to do a story with these guys but they are just WAY too difficult to draw. Doing a whole story with them would be frigging exhausting.
ElSqiubbonator's avatar
You don't have to illustrate it. Just write a short story or a novel.
povorot's avatar
Thats a really good point - I've been lamenting the benefits of prose over visual storytelling over this past year, but never thinking of giving myself over to prose altogether...

GODDAMN IT I'LL DO IT! AND POST IT HERE!
ElSqiubbonator's avatar
And I will fave it!
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labgnome's avatar
Yowza! I don't think you know how long I've been waiting for something like this!
povorot's avatar
Well, I'm happy to oblige!
labgnome's avatar
I like how your setting is evolving. I know you probably already have an idea of how you want things to go together, but whenever I see Good Business [link] I can't hep but envision this guy [link] as the "common ancestor" of both species, even if they don't both exist in the same "continuity". However if they do I think it would only make for a richer universe on your part.
povorot's avatar
Yeah - well, in a very real way, the "good business" bug is the common ancestor of both the critter you link to, these creatures, and the time-squids from the "Bar fight" comic I linked to last year. The Bar Fight squids are basically the same body plan, only adjusted to match their mollusc ancestry. For me, creative evolution can be even more interesting then imagined natural evolution...
labgnome's avatar
well there isn't any reason that they can't have convergent evolution with the time-squid and the prawns/hoppers. You do have the "humanoid" spanish fly alien. If the design is effective, it should be expects to appear more then once.
povorot's avatar
That's a damn good point! (It makes me think of illustrations comparing wolves and tasmanian tigers, and the like. I suppose there's no reason to hold convergent evolution to a single planet...)
labgnome's avatar
Absolutely! perhaps you could think of a couple of other "convenient" (perhaps the dinosauroid) body plans as well, so while there are intelligent species of almost every shape and size imaginable, there are independently evolved species that also resemble each other.
labgnome's avatar
You're welcome, I love how you made the weapons and holsters recognizable, yet still alien. I also like your approach to clothing with them, and the fact that each one has on a different style of "hat" too.

Are the different styles meant to suggest anything, such as the "bonnet" of the one on the "horse" meant to suggest that the individual's gender (assuming that even exists for the hoppers), or perhaps that they belong to different cultures, or do they just represent personal fashion preferences?
bensen-daniel's avatar
This is the dirty prawn!
I could go on about the creature design (excellent), but what really grabs my eye here is the colors. Lovely! I also really loike the amount of attention given to the machinery and equipment. It looks recognizably, but not quite human. One question, though. How does a species with tentacles manage to shoot a pistol? The recoil would be very hard to control. Maybe with some sort of frame that braces against the prawn's forlegs? Or maybe they mount their guns on top of their carapaces on turrets, then use their tentacles to pull chords that aim and fire the gun.
I know, though, that you want to have something this guy can draw from a holster. Maybe something recoil-less, like a laser? Or maybe they have a system that launches the bullet with a spring or something, then the gunpowder ignites in the air and propels the bullet forward.
By the way, what is that webbed structure in the upper right corner?
povorot's avatar
Well, the pistol I drew was more just pulled outta my head to make it, as you rightly guessed, something holstered. I haven't actually spent a lot of time working out ranged weapons for these critters - but I usually imagine starting with some sort of pole-mounted hand-cannon that you'd jam into the ground. From there we could get into more complex turret-frames, etc...


And yes, it is a sunshade. I couldn't just give it a cowboy hat, right?
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