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Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« on: August 20, 2009, 02:43:59 pm »
Hi.

I just wanted to share the preliminary work I've done so far on my Simpsons marquee. Everything is made in Illustrator CS4.

I need some creative critique of the marquee artwork, any kind comments are welcome.

The marquee is for this project: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=77183.msg804362#msg804362

Update: Thought i might as well throw in the rest of the artwork for some creative input  :)


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« Last Edit: August 31, 2009, 03:20:21 pm by Razzer »

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009, 02:57:56 pm »
I'd lose the red Simpsons logo in the upper left.  Also, you have plenty of space to increase the size of the font (which I'm not that crazy about).  Maybe lighten the rays in the background (make them a little transparent or whatever it's called).  I like the Homer pic though - it makes me laugh just looking at it. 

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2009, 03:27:22 pm »
Thanks javeryh, I appreciate the input.

I my self had a little doubt about the Simpsons logo so i think I'll loose it.

I have  attached an updated version.

Keep the comments coming. :)

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2009, 03:50:34 pm »
I slightly disagree.

I do believe the rays should be brightened up, the dark dirty orange is too dull.

Also, I like the font, but the title looks as if it should be given a minor drop shadow as well.  It should pop-off the background.

I don't so much mind the simpsons logo, that's a personal preference.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2009, 04:09:34 pm »
Hi nipsmg

Good idea with the shadow on the font

Update attached

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2009, 05:01:37 pm »
I liked the original with the removal of the Simpson's logo and the additional drop shadow. However the rays I would change to more of a yellow, like the Simpson's characters.

I would also change the colours in the "arcade" to a yellow with a white stroke and a black outer stroke.

You are on the right lines though. I like the overall concept!

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2009, 02:20:10 am »
Hi

I liked the original with the removal of the Simpson's logo and the additional drop shadow. However the rays I would change to more of a yellow, like the Simpson's characters.

I agree on the rays. And i probably shouldn't make them too light since it's gonna be backlit.


I would also change the colours in the "arcade" to a yellow with a white stroke and a black outer stroke.


Not quite sure i understand. I've attached an update with a modified coloring of the word "ARCADE"

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2009, 06:17:41 am »
You nailed it, but maybe the "arcade" should actually be in another colour though looking at it. A bit too much yellow.

Maybe even keep the "arcade" red like the original but with the white and black strokes like you have done on the yellow on.

Are you using any red buttons or accessories?

Overall it is looking very very good!  :applaud: I like the yellow rays a lot more. ;D

Have you tried a gradient on the rays? Like yellow into white or transparent? Just to see what it would look like.

Just out of curiosity, how did you make the 3D text? Is Homer a vector? Are you making this available for download?
« Last Edit: August 21, 2009, 06:21:36 am by thatitalian »

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2009, 08:53:28 am »
Hi, thanks for the great input.

You nailed it, but maybe the "arcade" should actually be in another colour though looking at it. A bit too much yellow.

Yeah maybe too yellow (even for a simpsons cab :D).

Maybe even keep the "arcade" red like the original but with the white and black strokes like you have done on the yellow on.

See attached picture.

Are you using any red buttons or accessories?

Yes the balltops on the joystics are red.

Overall it is looking very very good!  :applaud: I like the yellow rays a lot more. ;D

Thanks ;D

Have you tried a gradient on the rays? Like yellow into white or transparent? Just to see what it would look like.

Yes see attached picture. (can't quite figure out which i like best, gradient or no gradient)

Just out of curiosity, how did you make the 3D text? Is Homer a vector? Are you making this available for download?

I simply followed this tutorial:

http://www.tutorialized.com/view/tutorial/How-to-Make-a-Cartoon-Style-Cereal-Box-Logo-in-Adobe-Illustrator-CS3/43442

And yes Homer is a vector and it will be will be available for download.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2009, 09:38:01 am »
Shouldn't it be Woohoo and not Wohooo?

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2009, 09:45:19 am »
Yeah, it should.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2009, 10:09:45 am »
Love the attention to detail HarumaN! ;)

I personally like to solid yellow after seeing the gradient. Maybe even try the gradient with a yellow to a softer yellow instead of yellow to white, just to ease it up?

AWESOME!

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2009, 02:34:29 pm »
Yeah, I think we are getting close to something that might work here

I have attached the latest version.

The rays now have a slight gradient, the speech bubble got a shadow and i corrected the spelling (Doh! how could i miss that  ;))

Once again, thanks for all the usefull input.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2009, 02:54:17 pm »
Just remember to leave room at the top and bottom for what the retainers will cover.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2009, 11:06:05 am »
There's one thing that is just sitting weird with me. I feel like my eyes want to see a radial color gradient on the rays as the color transitions from Homer yellow to lemon yellow. But where the rays converge it is radial, and then the Homer yellow continues all the way to the side where Homer is, making it kind of a oval gradient. This just catches my eye a bit.

But it's looking great, I really like it.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2009, 11:32:17 am »
You are right.

The reason is quite simple. I've applied an radial gradient to each of the individual rays. The gradient starts where all the rays meet and ends where the single ray ends. And since the rays don't have the same length the overall gradient appear oval.

I'll try changing it to see the difference.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2009, 11:33:22 am »
Just remember to leave room at the top and bottom for what the retainers will cover.

Gotcha!

Thanks for reminding me.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2009, 03:25:09 pm »

Update: Thought i might as well throw in the rest of the artwork for some creative input  :)


The sideart is based on the original Simpson sideart. I just removed the cat, added a couple of clouds and gave the background a slight gradient.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2009, 03:27:22 pm »
Update: Thought i might as well throw in the rest of the artwork for some creative input  :)

CPO, well it's a Simpsons control panel overlay  :)

Any comments are welcome.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2009, 06:53:35 am »
Get rid of the characters on the CP. The overall design is nice with the rays, etc. The characters just make it busy.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2009, 11:54:24 am »
Get rid of the characters on the CP. The overall design is nice with the rays, etc. The characters just make it busy.

I agree.
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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2009, 12:02:14 pm »
I would also:

1. Move the doughnut to surround the trackball
2. Make the halo flat, not 3D to match the marquee
3. Make a button halo for the admin, p1, p2 section

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2009, 03:49:19 pm »
Hey thatitalian

Thanks once again for all the constructive input.

I have attached an updated CPO where i have implemented your suggestions. And guess what, I kind of like it  ;D

There are two versions, one with Homer going at the donut and one without Homer


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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2009, 12:39:37 pm »
That is SOOOO much better! That is looking really cool! Great work!

I actually like both tbh. The Homer one is kinda funny! But the plain one is clean looking.

Make sure you make the yellow Halo a Simpson's yellow.

Also, stick the blue rays on the side art, just to see what that looks like against the CP.
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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2009, 03:31:05 pm »
Hey

Yeah they look so much cleaner now. I think I'll go with the Homer version.

I've attached the sideart with the rays in the background. It doesn't look too bad.

Thanks again for all the comments and suggestions.

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« Last Edit: September 03, 2009, 12:06:59 am by Razzer »

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2009, 06:35:40 pm »
The new CPO looks incredible!

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #26 on: September 03, 2009, 12:08:30 am »
The new CPO looks incredible!

Thanks ;D

Everything is coming along quite nicely. Can't wait to get the artwork on to the cabinet.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2009, 08:01:53 am »
Nice! just make sure all the yellow is the Simpson's yellow i.e. the Simpson's logo and the surrounds, etc. the sideart Simpson logo is like an orangy mustard sort of colour.

Great work though! Are you making this availbale for DL?

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2009, 10:09:34 am »
Hi

Nice! just make sure all the yellow is the Simpson's yellow i.e. the Simpson's logo and the surrounds, etc. the sideart Simpson logo is like an orangy mustard sort of colour.

I'll make sure to synchronize all the yellow.

The yellow you see running around the sideart is actually not part of the graphics but is used to illustrate the yellow T-moulding.

Great work though! Are you making this availbale for DL?

Yes, all the artwork will be available as soon as I'm done with it. Need to make some graphics for the front end.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #29 on: September 07, 2009, 05:39:03 pm »
Hey

Yeah they look so much cleaner now. I think I'll go with the Homer version.

I've attached the sideart with the rays in the background. It doesn't look too bad.

Thanks again for all the comments and suggestions.

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Good stuff! Is it me or did you notice the orginal 90s arcade artwork is a little rough?

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2009, 03:48:05 pm »
Good stuff! Is it me or did you notice the orginal 90s arcade artwork is a little rough?

Not really, any specific area?

Small update: I've attached the graphics for the Front end (Mamewah).

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2009, 04:06:39 pm »
Hi

I made a test print at work of the sideart and the marquee.  I've attached them to the cabinet just to get a feel of how it's going to look. Man i can't wait to get this all done!!.

I feel that I'm finally done with all the artwork  ;D.  I'll see if i can't find a way to distribute the files (if there is any interest in them). The .ai files take up 75MB in total (Marquee, Sideart, CPO and FE graphics).

And once again thanks to everyone for all the creative input .

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #32 on: September 28, 2009, 02:09:39 pm »


  That looks great, nice job Razzer!


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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #33 on: September 28, 2009, 02:18:59 pm »
Thanks.  ;D

Can't wait to get this cab done. Busy with minor house renovation at the moment though.  :P

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #34 on: January 09, 2010, 02:20:45 pm »
Well it's all done now. Check out the pictures of the final cap in this thread:

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=77183.msg1046524#msg1046524

Thanks again for all the creative input.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #35 on: January 19, 2010, 09:29:53 am »
Man, I love seeing artwork come together! And look at that cab as a result! Pure sexiness! :applaud:

Did you make this available for DL? Maybe I just missed it... :banghead:

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #36 on: March 23, 2010, 03:13:41 pm »
Hey thatitalian

Here you go, the original AI files for the Marquee, Sideart, CP overlay, and front end.

http://rapidshare.com/files/367256326/Arcade_Antics_Artwork.zip

Look at the project thread for additional project files (see signature).

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #37 on: March 23, 2010, 05:44:31 pm »
I love this art! Great seeing it come together.

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #38 on: October 05, 2012, 12:43:49 pm »
Hi Razzer,

Sorry to bring back an old topic, but it wont allow me to PM you.

The links to these files are dead.. Could you re-upload them ? They are just what i'm looking for

Or i could provide an FTP if needbe

Many thanks

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Re: Homebrew Simpsons Marquee + Sideart + CPO
« Reply #39 on: October 12, 2012, 12:00:49 am »
Hi Razzer,

Sorry to bring back an old topic, but it wont allow me to PM you.

The links to these files are dead.. Could you re-upload them ? They are just what i'm looking for

Or i could provide an FTP if needbe

Many thanks

Regards

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Download it here and make some personnal changes..          http://arcadeartlibrary.com/arcade_art/details.php?image_id=401

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