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I Am the Great Horse by 1pen I Am the Great Horse by 1pen
My first "text" art ever, I guess. It took ages. :faint: Seriously. 20+ hours in photoshop cs2.

Here are all of the names of the Kentucky Derby Winners with the symbols: ( ) &^%$#@&* and the numbers 6890 used, to create the image of the finish line at Churchill Downs.

I didn't quite know where to put this guy in the gallery. If I'm wrong, let me know and I'll move it.
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This has got to be one of the most unique and original pieces I've seen around. I love how you've managed to fit all the horses' names onto the piece and at the same time make them a meaningful part of the picture.
There are almost no flaws - the only two that I can spot is that the first jockey seems to be missing a bit of his face; I'm not an expert on text art, but perhaps this could've been bettered by a back slash (\) ? And also (but since I haven't seen how the Kentucky Derby ended, so maybe you're depicting how it actually finished) I think the mood of the piece might've been made more exciting if you positioned the other horses closer behind the one who's coming first.
Overall this is quite fantastic, and what I especially like about it is how it differs from the traditional text art - you've shifted and rotated the symbols around, added a simple gradient to the background - all these come together to make this piece something out of the ordinary. Awesome work!
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UnionRags123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What year does this go up to?
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1pen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
Probably 2008 would be my guess. I cant recall it was a long time ago. :D
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UnionRags123 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love this!

I want to go to the Kentucky Derby...
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1pen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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ISolitude Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
This is really cool. Just amazing
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1pen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much! :D
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lucium55 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Wicked job, girl!!!
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1pen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)
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roundtower Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).


* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).

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1pen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
:heart: Thank you so much for the feature! :heart:
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roundtower Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbubbleblushplz: A real pleasure!
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bulloney Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
I don't know what to say except "freakin cool". :clap:
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
:) Thank you again. :highfive:
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bulloney Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
:salute:
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spittoonist Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I was really rooting for Smarty Jones to win the Triple Crown. I wonder if we'll see another TC winner.

Great work with this piece although in my humble opinion, I think the names that are the turf/dirt/track should be going in a different direction (a more horizontal slant) than the names as the stands, just to differentiate the two. That's all I have and I hope it helps, I'm not qualified to give true critique.:)
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1pen Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
I remember that race so well with Birdstone flying up alongside him. I don't think anyone expected Smarty Jones to lose. The race caller famously told the story of how the night before he measured out the distance of Secretariat's win to the exact spot on the rails so he would be able to make a comparison live when Smarty Jones won...except that he didn't.

I hope we do, but the breeding industry which has placed more emphasis on speed than on strength and the owners who buy from them have almost guaranteed that at least for many generations out we are increasingly unlikely to witness one. If we do get one, my bet is it will be from a genetic line that's proven and paired with a trainer who knows how to actually get them there.

That's a great suggestion, thank you! :D
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KarinPegasi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Greatest Text Art I've ever seen. End of discussion.
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1pen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow, thank you so much! :D
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FavouriteNightmarex Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Never seen anything like this & I don't think many people would come up with an idea like this. Love it!
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1pen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much!
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sharingham Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
my thoughts exactly:)
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finnow Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
A. Maze. Zing.

Best.
Art.
Ever.

Awesome on so many levels.
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1pen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh wow, thank you!
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Megeso Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
1pen, this is awesome! So creative!
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1pen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
THank you so much, Meg! :hug:
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LoDuris Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Sweet zombie Jesus on a pogo stick! How the hell did I not see this amazing piece of work!?! This is so cool! I admire and respect your patience. You never cease to amaze me Penny :)
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1pen Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
HOly William Shatner in a Bikini you and I are online at the same time...I NOTED YOU...NOTE ME BACK OR ELSE SAYS I.


And thank you! :heart:
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LoDuris Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I just sent you a note now:3
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1pen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
I received it! I will note back soon. :hug: Was thinking of you the other day too! Hope you're doing alright. :hug:
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LoDuris Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Exhausted at the moment since I finally finished my latest grand project but happy it's finished. I'm looking forward to hearing how you are! :)
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x-3-R-R-0-R-x Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I was wondering if I could use it in a skin for a horse racing sim site? You'll be credited on the image and somewhere on the site credits
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1pen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you for your compliments and interest in my work. :) However, on the subject of your request, you do not and will not have my permission. I reserve all rights and the copyright is registered with me.
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Low-Lighter Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Filmographer
Very nicely done, love how you used a running order to mark the benches, excellent idea!
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1pen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
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cas887 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome job!! this is so unique, and very very well put together :love:
at first i was like 'where's animal kindgom?', and then i saw it was made in 08 :XD:
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1pen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
lololol. Thank you! :heart:
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alais-photography Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
...I cannot even. This is awesome.
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1pen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :heart:
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weezapony Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool! I love the gradient background, too! :D
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1pen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much!
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weezapony Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Agua-Turtle677893 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so amazing! :D it looks so frustrating to do
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1pen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
It was! It took a lot of time and patience. Thank you so much!
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Agua-Turtle677893 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D No problem! Its really cool
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QueenNutmeg Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
This is the coolest thing I have ever noticed on DA, and that's saying something. I absolutely love it!
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1pen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow! Thank you so much! :hug:
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meihua Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Wow, very neat! I love the idea!
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1pen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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Tigra1988 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my gosh this is totally awesome :la:
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1pen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you!! :heart:
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