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To the Races by Blackash To the Races by Blackash
This is my entry for :iconaaagh:'s Off-duty FFXI contest.

Everyone has the day off so where better to spend it than the Chocobo Circuit? Whether racing, betting, or watching, it is sure to be a fun filled day. Even the moogles have the day off!

I was always a little sad that chocobo racing fizzled. I love watching the races and wanted to raise a racer. But at least I can show what I had hoped it had turned out like.

I don't even know how many hours I put into this. I hope it shows though! Closeups of parts of the scene can be found here some of you may recognize the models :)

Now to be a nervous wreck :iconscaredplz:

Edit: It's been almost a year so I decided to mess with the colors. No repainting or anything I just added more contrast and vibrancy to it. I actually want to redo this if I get some time :)
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Tori-Fan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks to the "more like this" tool, or i would have missed this piece, i thought i seen all your art on DA, but missed this oneee

and this is just too awesome and pfiouh so much work, the dynamic and persp effect is so gergous! >0< !
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013   General Artist
It's hard to believe this is three years old D: I wish I could do more perspective pieces like this one, something to practice!
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Tori-Fan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you did lot of improvements since but i have feeling you always drawn so well! this impressive! each time i discover a piece of you, wathever it is, drawing, plushie, sculptur, you so impressive, and everything you do so stunning, i know there is lot of work behind and lot of effort though ! ^^
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13th-Gear Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is phenomenal!
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:iconwoodland-mel:
Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
I love the perspective in this! Wow!
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   General Artist
Thank you :) perspective is such a difficult thing for me!
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:iconyukinflake:
Yukinflake Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Coolio; love the viewpoint of this, and the birds are really well done ^^ it looks great :D
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   General Artist
Thank you, I struggle with perspective...among other things.
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:iconyukinflake:
Yukinflake Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well it looks good :) You're welcome.
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:iconbirdscribbles:
birdscribbles Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!!! I haven't gone to the circuit yet, but it seems fun ^^

Vana'dielians unite P:
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   General Artist
Thanks! It was always so empty whenever I went there, but everywhere is empty since they introduced abyssea :iconsighingplz:
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birdscribbles Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah true. Abyssea sort of killed the main-game. /cry
Nobody plays for the game anymore, now it's all about "Ooh let me get the level cap and be l337 and get the last gear items and aaaaah."
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Typthis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did really well with the low angle, it looks great :D
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010   General Artist
Thank you! I suffer from boring angle syndrome so this is my medicine lol.
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:iconthe-box-ghost:
the-box-ghost Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks fabulous! :D I miss this game SO much.
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010   General Artist
Thank you! I always get sucked back into the game /sigh
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the-box-ghost Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. And yeah I know what you mean. Sadly I don't have the funds to get back into the game. My Mithra MNK/WAR is only 62...and I miss her terribly. I figure I will start playing FFXIV when it comes out though.
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010   General Artist
I really hate their charging system. Since I play with my boyfriend we get charged about 50 bucks to start back up at the same time. >.<
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the-box-ghost Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw that sucks D: My ex and I used to play. I miss it a bunch.
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kotaronin Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
ok O.O this is just amazing!! when you see arts like this representing those little FFXI moments that remind us why we love our game!
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010   General Artist
Thank you kindly! I really do wish chocobo racing was more popular, or at least incorporated somewhere, an event or something. I am always the dork who loves all the little minigames though lol.
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kotaronin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
i must say i totally agree.

chocobo racing / rasing was one of the most fulfiling side quest FFXI has.. i miss playing D:
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Teh-Kaku Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you won. Totally deserved! Hurray for the choco-races!
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010   General Artist
Aww thank you very much!
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Umi-Satome Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Grats on the win! ^^
You did another amazing piece!
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010   General Artist
Thank you very much!
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YugureAme Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Student Filmographer
Congrats on first :D!!!!!!!
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010   General Artist
Thank you kindly :D
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RinTheYordle Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
GOD CONGRATS AGAIN YOU DID AWESOME AND AHHHHHHH IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU YAYYYYYYYYYY!!! *HUGS!!!!!!!!!!*
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010   General Artist
You're too sweet XD Thank you again!
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ReevScythe Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice dynamic shot you got!

good luck! :w00t:
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010   General Artist
Thank you! I've never really done anything dynamic so I'm glad this turned out okay.
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erratus-anima Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Oh WOW!
The perspective is really awesome! Many characters and chocobos is really awesome!
Good luck! :D
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010   General Artist
Thank you! My poor stomach is doing flips
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:iconzeioth:
Zeioth Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Student General Artist
good luck in the contest!
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Dulceku Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
good luck!^^
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Luellin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
good luck in the contest
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Caipie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Reserving comments for now, but you have something really great here. Good luck!
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Between-the-Stars Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible! :faint: There's so much detail, and the composition and angle are fantastic! The feathers, banners, dust--okay, well, it all looks awesome. Sweet work! =D
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010   General Artist
:D Thank you very much. I'm glad you like the detail I wanted to give up halfway through bricks are NOT FUN!
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:iconbetween-the-stars:
Between-the-Stars Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you didn't give up and finished it! =D
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tsurara Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great attention to detail love it! Good luck! :3
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010   General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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tsurara Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
n-n No problem!! :D :D
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:iconinarium:
Inarium Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:love: I adore the perspective not to mention your wonderful colouring!
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:iconblackash:
Blackash Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010   General Artist
Thank you! One of these days I will defeat perspective and mount him on my wall.
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Mykoto Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, very nicely done, I love the perspective you chose! I've never actually visited the chocobo circuit... I raised 4 chocos, and never opt'd to race one, go figure xD
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Blackash Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010   General Artist
Thank you! I wandered into it out of boredom. But I made a wad of cash and saw the prizes you can get for racing and wanted to raise a racer. Never did though ._. Four birds?! That's madness.
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Mykoto Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lol yes! My first one was yellow, and I was mad it was yellow, so I raised another in my home nation (bastok) and it turned out to be blue! I was excited, and felt like I was being patriotic cause it was blue hehe. Then I moved to San d'Oria and raised another which coincidentally turned out to be red (I was shooting for green this time, but I figured I was being patriotic again by raising a red bird in San d'Oria hehe). Then I moved to Windurst and raised another, figuring that if I raised a blue one in Bastok, and a red one in Sandy, then surely Windy would give me a green bird, and it did XD

Not one racer tho... even though I did max out strength and endurance on all of em, but that was mostly so they'd be quick enough to keep up with the rental chocos hehe.

~My lil story for the night x3
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Teh-Kaku Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That's amazing! Beautiful colours. :3 Awesome idea!

And I agree... It was sad that chocoracing died out. It was such a cool idea... And so much fun to watch hangin out with your pals...
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