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Crazy detail in the Mad Planets bezel artwork

I was in the mood yesterday to do some tracing of arcade artwork, so I started working on the Mad Planets bezel. The high resolution bezel scan is available from a couple of different sources and from what I can tell appears to be an accurate file. The artwork itself is fairly boring, it’s a good supporting piece for the whole cabinet, but if you compare the level of detail and composition this bezel artwork won’t floor you. But tracing it, that’s another story.

The main ‘planet’ has a ton of detail

Looking at the Mad Planets bezel, I was pretty confident I could crank through most of it in a coupe of hours, more repetition than anything else. There are a ton of little stars and the three planets are all very similar with a tri-tone pattern that creates a pitted texture. Here is where I got after a couple of hours;

Mad Planets Bezel Artwork Tracing - Progress 1

It appears as if one guy on BYOAC already started vectorizing the bezel, but never finished, and then had a computer crash and almost lost the Illustrator file. From what I can tell from the ‘Mad Planets’ bezel progress thread he started, we were at about the same place only I had gotten through more of the blue moon than he had. Check out the crazy amount of detail in the moon alone;

Mad Planets Bezel Moon Detail

I have started a number of tracing projects that still need some time to finish, but unless personal circumstances come to the forefront this week, I anticipate I should be able to finish this by no later than next Monday. It will be good to have one more piece of Mad Planets artwork vectorized since there doesn’t seem to be much vector artwork, if any, floating around for this game. There may have been a vector file for the Mad Planets CPOs that Quarter Arcade reproduced, but that is all.

If you know different and someone did finish tracing this Gottlieb artwork, fill me in – leave me a comment. The next piece that I would look at tackling would be the lower portion of the CPO.

Update 3.12.09
I am pretty pumped, I was really in a groove and finished up the Blue Moon artwork on this bezel on Tuesday night, which only leaves the blue textured pattern on the lower right ship, which I am half done with that. I am still shooting for Saturday to finish the Mad Planets bezel artwork, but it may be easier with only such a small section left. Hope to have an update soon.

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I don’t recall who originally did the Mad Planets bezel artwork, but it was either Terry Doerzaph or the late David A. Moore under the art direction of Richard Tracy. I got a kick out of seeing it again…especially the spaceship. Somewhere I probably have the original model, which I made out of heavy bristol board and tape and india ink.

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Nice work on the bezel Mr. Rothe, I look forward to seeing the finished product.

@ Jeff Lee – anytime you’d like to play the actual game, you are welcome to stop by and give it a whirl. I think you’re in the neighborhood.

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Glad you guys left a comment.

@Chris – If I do finish this soon, would you have time over the weekend to scan the front piece below the Mad Planets cpanel to do next?

I did another hour worth of work last night, bad headache and here I thought staring at a computer screen longer would help that 🙂

@Jeff – I would very much like to see a photo of that original, since I am getting to be a bit of junkie now for this game…

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I was asked to look at this over a year ago but never got a good scan of the bezel. When looking at the art that was e-mailed to me (from localarcade.com) I agree that there was quite a bit of detail. Nice job.

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@Jeff Rothe – I would be happy to scan that front piece. I have to take my cp apart to fix the trigger anyway.

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As you already know Chris, but for anyone else wanting to know, I am still waiting on Rory to get back to email to see if he can just scan his NOS Mad Planets underlay and I would consider at least finishing the artwork on that piece.

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