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Turn 9, Laguna Seca by DarthFar Turn 9, Laguna Seca by DarthFar
100 Pictures Challenge #51: Sport.

Such was the awe in which the Roberts/Rainey/Marlboro/Yamaha combination was held that the team soon earned the nickname 'The Evil Empire' which seemed to sum up quite well their world dominating reign.

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At the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey California, past the famous Corkscrew - one of motorsport world's most challenging turns - is a medium-speed, acute left-hander called Turn 9: The Rainey Curve. It is named in honour of 500cc motorcycle racing World Champion Wayne Wesley Rainey.

A native of Downey, California, Rainey is probably best remembered in AMA Superbike history as having pulled one of the biggest upsets in the 1983 season. Honda had the money, the equipment, the riders, the brand new liquid-cooled, V-four-powered VF750; Rainey, on his inferior Kawasaki, took the title.

Rainey went on to win both the AMA Superbike Championship and Daytona 200 in 1987 (on a Honda, this time), before graduating to the premier 500cc World Championship, on "King" Kenny Roberts' Yamaha team. He was 3rd in 1988, 2nd in 1989 - and World Champion in 1990.

And again the next year, in spite of breaking his leg in Malaysia before the final race of the season.

And again the following year, in spite of breaking his ribs and being minus a finger.

A fourth World Championship title might have been his, but for the horrendous crash at Misano on 5th September 1993 that shook the racing world, which broke his spine at the 7th vertebra, and brought his reign to a premature end. He was still far enough ahead to place 2nd.

Despite being paralysed from the chest down, Rainey has never quite left the racing world. He managed his own Marlboro Team Rainey from 1994 to 1998, and today still occasionally races go-karts on a specially designed machine that was a present from friend and long-time rival "Steady Eddie" Lawson. An AMA Motorcycle and International Motorsports Hall of Famer, FIM Grand Prix "Legend", Rainey was also recently inducted into the Legends of Laguna Seca Walk of Fame in July 2007, with Turn 9 renamed after him.

Wayne Rainey, you still rock.

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If you were born after 1984, you will probably not have heard of him. I forgive you. ;)

But seriously, I was really into 500cc racing back in the days when he was Raineying champion. [Forgive the pun] It was the first sport I'd ever followed, and I pursued it with a vengeance. I had scrapbooks with clippings of race results, and I caught just about every race telecast on TV -

Ironically, the one race I managed to miss was the '93 Misano disaster.

I pretty much stopped watching the races after that. When your favourite racer's permanently retired from the sport, there seems to be very little point in continuing. The next year, I switched to Formula One - ironically, during the race that killed Ayrton Senna.

NOTES

:bulletred: Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of Rainey's crash. I would've uploaded it then, only I couldn't finish this fast enough. LOL.

:bulletred: I've decided that I've had it with pore-precise realism. It's never done anything for me other than add to my repetitive stress injury. :laughing: I hit upon a pretty nifty, more painty-y combination of "hard round brush - custom skin brush (made with my own) - squiggly custom brush" while doing the Dawkins picture - and I think I'll be sticking to that from now on.

:bulletred: A friend and I came up with multiple possible titles that ranged from corny - "Raineying Champion" - to downright painful - "The Wayne in Rain[ey] races mainly in the"... uh, you get the idea. I ultimately decided to spare my viewers the grief.


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If you managed to read all this, I congratulate you. :rofl:


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:iconlw97:
LW97 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! Altought Wayne is in a wheelchair after his crash, he still rocks!
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AmadeoAlva Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh. My. God.
WOW
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Thank you. :)
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The-Blonde-Vortex Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
this piece makes me wanna party like its 1999!

:party:

... "doncha wanna go!?" WOO!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
You were... six in 1999? ;) Not much fun partying like that, unless you don't mind bite-sized food and going to bed at ten o'clock.
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The-Blonde-Vortex Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
I was Seven in 1999 thank you very much ya big boof! And, yes, I've been much for partying since I was But a Wee Little Tot. Don't hate just cause you weren't.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
"Big boof"??? :rofl: That's it. I'm calling you Random.
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The-Blonde-Vortex Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
K. Slock. :rofl:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
Oh. Ho. Like THAT's any surprise. :rofl: At least Slock rhymes with Glock, which is a dead nifty gun...
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The-Blonde-Vortex Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
:sarcasticclap:... well ... "Random" people are way cooler than Slocks. ... suck on those beans Broha.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
... And Slock's still better than Spulu...

Nice try, but no cigar.
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klem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Awesome job you did there, Wayne is a legend, i still remember his fights with Kevin Schwantz, Eddie Lawson,Mick Doohan, Luca Cadalora, Wayne Gardner and i could go one. In those days the top was widther as it's today and the racing was awesome.
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ZedderZulu Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why didn't I fave this sooner!?!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
LOL! thanks, Doug. :laughing:
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Chocorroles Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
looks extremely realistic °_°
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Thanks! :D
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TheSixofHearts Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
very nice composition in this piece. I like the placement of the motorcycle.
I love Leguna Seca and wish they'd have Formula One cars drive there. It'd be epic to see them take the corkscrew.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
[sorry for the late reply!]

Thanks very much! And yeah, I'd like to see F1 cars there too. :laughing:
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2ndStar Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008   Traditional Artist
Great piece
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Thank you. :)
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
great piece, so very realistic. Talent Far, talent. Been awhile since we spoke, hope all is well.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
Thank you very much, Tom. :) Yes, I am fine; it's just that I've been a little busy of late, and I'm really guilty of not replying to a ton of messages!

I hope you and your family are well. :)
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
we are well... thank you for asking. And you're guilty of nothing, life is life. Take care Far.
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wowweeeeee! :wow: Love the composition, and the colors. I don't understand what you're complaining about when it comes to hair. :spank: Okay, so I didn't get anywhere following your tut on hair in the Snape one, but this looks great! Sundamaged, sunbleached, thining hair. You got it down pat, and it still looks fluffy. :D I envy your patience with all the sponsor tags on his suit. :faint:



... in spite of breaking his leg in Malaysia before the final race of the season.

That probably happened while trying to navigate through Malaysia's traffic. Or his taxi driver was that Bahraini driver trying to wipe rain off his windshield with a towel. :rofl: (That was in reference to your journal entry on that subject).
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Ouch! ouch! ouch! what's it with you and Tory spanking me all the time!

Thanks very much, Bats. :blushes: I don't know how confident to be about saying this, but I *think* I've finally nailed hair. Well, short hair anyway; long hair is still a massive problem for me (which is why I don't draw many females).

Actually, he crashed while testing for the final race. But I like the way you think. :rofl:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, you deserve it half the time! Or would you rather do the "Indian Rain Dance"? You know, I hold you by one hand, a stick in the other, and you dance around me in a circle trying to avoid the stick. :rofl:

I really do think you've nailed hair, but you did that undoubtedly in your other pieces as well. And you totally should draw more females, especially more Hedy Lamarr. :nod:

That sport is so ridiculously dangerous, I can't understand why they do it. :no:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Hey, I'll just jump up on your shoulders, twisting your arm in the process. Imagine what fun you'd have trying to hit me with the stick without bonking yourself in the head! :rofl:

And I'd say it has to do with the need for speed. It's something I can relate to, to a lesser extent of course. There's nothing quite like flying down the hill at top speed on a bike or luge, feeling the wind whip across your face and watching stuff go by in a blur. :nod: Alas, I was never allowed anywhere near a Go-Kart, much less a motorcycle, so I never entertained serious dreams of becoming a professional racer.
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Imagine what fun you'd have trying to hit me with the stick without bonking yourself in the head!

I still have my knees. Don't make me use them resulting in you making a sound similar to ghni!

There's nothing quite like flying down the hill at top speed on a bike or luge, feeling the wind whip across your face and watching stuff go by in a blur.

LOL! I can picture you just like that. A shame you didn't notice me hiding behind a tree round the bend with a cream pie just waiting for your face to show up. :rofl:

What? Surely you've visited those fun fairs that had little motor cars you could hop into and race round and round in circles. I loved those as a kid. Well, maybe soon you'll be able to afford a Lamborghini. ;)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
I'm sure you know enough of human anatomy to know that there's no way you could possibly hit me in any strategic spots with your knees if I were perched upon your shoulders. :giggle:

Bumper cars and kid rides don't count. ;)
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could be very ... bendy. ;P Besides, if it means hitting you in a strategic spot and getting you to behave, I wouldn't mind popping a joint out of the socket for said purpose. *crosses arms defiantly* :D

Oh come on! *Sigh*
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psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
I believe I was born after 1984, and I have never heard of him :shrug:. It's not something I am going to lose sleep over.

The painting is incredible. The hair . . . :faint:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
That's cos you don't watch motor sports, Aunt Bunny dear. ;) If you did and yet had never heard of him, it would be as bad as saying you'd never heard of Andretti/ Mansell/ Senna.

And thanks! :D
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psychoticdustbunny Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
Who? ;)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
:giggle:
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ColonelFitz Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
Okay...I've never heard of him...but I have an excuse, I'm 15. :XD:
Great picture, though, and I read your (very long) comment. He sounds like an interesting guy, and that smile you drew him is quite charming. :)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Ouch! now I'm starting to feel my age. :rofl:

Thanks very much. I don't really know what he's like as a person, but dang, he was a *great* racer. :nod:
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Svera Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
I was born in 1984, so it's ok if I don't know him, right? :D Wonderful work! It's amazing how realistic your pictures are.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
I was joking about that bit. My best mate, my motorcycle-nut-friend-who's-a-decade-older, and the one who's my age and from California *all* failed to identify him as well. :rofl: My guess is that you'd have to be the right age *and* a MotoGP fan to know.

Thank you very much! I'm trying to remove myself from overt realism, but it's nice to know that my more "painty" stuff is decently realistic too. :nod:
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
"my motorcycle-nut-friend-who's-a-decade-older" niiice :poke:

Anyway, I just talked to my brother. I sent him the picture, without Rainey's name, and told him to text me with the answer. His first guess was Kenny Roberts - so he was pretty darn close. He talked to me for at least 30 minutes about motorcycles and all these people I don't know, like Eddie Lawson. Turns out the the era after Kenny his street bike magazine stopped publishing so he just concentrated on his real love, motorcross, since that's what he does more than anything.

I say he passed the test. :giggle:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Well, if he managed Kenny Roberts *and* Eddie Lawson, I'll give him two gold stars. :laughing: After all, he *did* get both the era and one of the top riders right.
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
He didn't know Wayne used the "1" also. He said the races weren't televised over here so if he didn't read it in the magazine he didn't know about it. When I told him who the picture was he remembered hearing about Rainey, he had just never seen him race. And he's "three" decades older so Wayne was in the younger set. :giggle:
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Svera Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
That's good to know :D I don't want to be the only one who always doesn't know the people you draw ;)

You're very welcome! :hug:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
:rofl: I tend to draw my personal heroes (it's hard for me to draw someone I don't have a connection with), who are generally not very well known outside of their fields. It's why I have all these incredibly long commentaries to go with the pictures.
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Svera Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
At least now I know I don't have to feel ashamed ;) It's great that you draw people most people don't know. There are already thousands of Jack sparrow pictures out there, so it's good to see something different.
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's absolutely awesome, I still think you cheated on the hair, and the addition of the bike in the front makes this first rate, mate. Lol, sorry I was late in replying, glad you went with the checker background. The name looks nice.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
If only I could find a 3000px by 3000px stock photo of hair to clip out!! But haha. Ha. Seriously though, I think I've finally figured out how to paint hair comfortably: one tuft at a time, starting from the bottom!

Thanks very much, Nan. :aww: And sorry for not waiting; I did mention more than once that patience was something that got left out of my genetic makeup. LOL. :blush:
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
Incoming motorcycle fangirl...:excited: I'm thrilled to see a picture like this from you, I love how you added him on his bike to the framing. You already know how much I like this new style and, may I say, you got better with hair again. :wow: I love the leather and the front windshield. I cannot wait for my brother to see this, he's going to go nuts!

You picked a nice title, I'm disappointed...:giggle:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
[hastily jumps clear of the track!]

Thank you very much, Tory. :aww: I think I've developed a reasonably reliable formula for painting hair and, if I were to ever write another tutorial, at least I think I'll be able to do a better job of explaining it this time. [At the very least, it won't come out green the way Snape's did...]

BTW, if Brian (it's Brian, isn't it?) doesn't know who Rainey is, punch him. ;)

And you're just miffed 'cos I didn't use your monstrous "The Wayne in Rainey..."!
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
It was so horrible it was awesome. :rofl:

I'll test my two brothers who ride and see who passes.

I can ride well, btw. After hearing how monstrous the driving is where you reside you certainly shouldn't be nervous of me. :laughing:
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junetown Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
amazing O_O!
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