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THE PINBALL HOBBYISTS STEERING THE SHIP FROM FROM AROUND THE WORLD

CPR ART DIRECTOR




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STUART WRIGHT
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Stuart owns & operates GENYSIS, a full service Graphic Design Studio / Advertising Agency which he started 18 years ago. He has been a professional graphic designer for over 25 years — and has won several national packaging design awards for clients including Fender Musical Instruments.  He has been a collector of high quality Pins for over 15 years and currently has 46 pins in his personal collection. Stuart just finished building the ultimate game room emporium as a new home for his pins, the latest of which is Big Bang Bar.  He has already restored his KISS and Centaur pins from ground up and is in the process of restoring Eight Ball Deluxe, Xenon, Sexy Girl and Creature from the Black Lagoon.  Stuart is very excited to join the CPR Art Team and give back to the pinball community by combining his two favorite passions — Pinball & Graphics.  He is looking forward to working on several ‘complete packages’ of plastics, playfields & backglasses as a means for other collectors to restore their pins from top to bottom.

Years as a Pinball Fan: 37
Years as a Collector: 15

Software of Choice:  CorelDraw, Photoshop, QuarkXpress

Completed Artwork:
BAD CATS Playfield, Plastics set
EIGHT BALL DELUXE Plastics set
SEXY GIRL Playfield, Plastics set, Backglass
ORBITOR 1 Plastics set
SWORDS OF FURY Plastics set
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Plastics set
SILVERBALL MANIA Playfield, Backglass
DEFENDER Plastics set
PIN*BOT Playfield
FUNHOUSE Plastics super-set
PHARAOH Plastics set
FIRE! Playfield and Plastics set
STRIKES and SPARES Playfield
PLAYBOY 35th ANNIVERSARY Plastics set
PHANTOM of the OPERA Plastics set
Bally ATLANTIS Plastics set
DE STAR TREK Plastics set
SPECTRUM Plastics set
MATA HARI Playfield
EIGHT BALL DELUXE Backglass
CENTAUR Backglass (standard and mirrored)
MEDUSA Backglass
FLASH GORDON backglass
WIZARD backglass
TAXI playfield
MISS WORLD Backglass
STAR GAZER Backglass
HIGH SPEED Backglass
WHIRLWIND Playfield

Active Artwork:

Bally STAR TREK Backglass

 

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MATTHEW FARMER
Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA

Matt has been in the coin-op hobby since 2005 with his first purchase of Whitewater.  He's a graduate of computer animation from Sheridan College and currently works as a graphic artist in his hometown of Sarnia. Matt always dreamed since he was a kid that he would one day own one of these amazing machines. Matt always was marveled by the little world that lived inside the box. With his first machine he instantly tore it apart and started the daunting restoration process. (Thanks given to Clay Harrell)  Matt has had the addiction ever since. His love for these working pieces of art eventually led him to finding out about CPR.  Matt looks forward to designing more artwork so others can enjoy bringing their games back to glory.  Matt is fluent in all Adobe software and Alias Maya and is hoping to enter the video game field soon. Matt recently got married to his high school sweet heart of 7 years, after a long time away at college. Matt owns WW, DM, CFTBL, Sinbad, Laserball and Prospector by Sonic (Spain).


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 4

Software of choice:  Adobe CS, Alias Maya

Completed
Artwork: 
SPACE SHUTTLE Plastics Set
GORGAR Plastics Set
STRIKES & SPARES plastics set
SKATEBALL plastics set
LIGHTNING plastics set
MATA HARI plastics set
NITRO GROUNDSHAKER plastics set
BLACKOUT plastics set
SPACE MISSION plastics
SOLAR CITY backglass
JOKER POKER backglass
SPACE MISSION backglass
SPACE ODYSSEY backglass

Active
Artwork: 
DINER playfield

 

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MIKE MILLS
Bardstown, KY, USA

Mike has been a hobbyist since 2007 and has quickly become addicted to pinball repair and restoration.  Mike's collection includes Fathom, Captain Fantastic, PinBot, Playboy and Xenon. He also has several others in the shop for repairs and restoration.  Mike is a Network Engineer by trade, but has been a Photoshop/Illustrator hobbyist for several years.  He prefers Bally machines from the late 70's through the mid 80's, and would like to recreate plastics and playfields from this era.

Mike and his brother were the brainchilds of the 'LOST VEGAS' theme, which blew away all of the original theming ideas that CPR had on the table for their 2010 conversion kit.


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 2

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator CS3

Completed
Artwork:
PLAYBOY plastics set
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC plastics set
BLACKJACK plastics set
SILVERBALL MANIA plastics set
EIGHT BALL Plastics Set
HANG GLIDER plastics set
EIGHT BALL playfield
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC playfield
TAXI plastics set
WIZARD plastics set
SPACE INVADERS plastics set
DINER plastics set
FATHOM  plastics set
SEAWITCH plastics set,
PLAYBOY playfield
POLICE FORCE plastics set
STAR TREK plastics set
DOCTOR WHO mini-playfield
SHADOW Battlefield mini-playfield
BANZAI RUN playfield
 

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SCOTT CHARLES
Allentown, PA, USA

Scott grew up in the 70s and at the age of 8 insisted on sneaking to the mall to play pinball. Around the age of 12 he had a dream of buying a Paragon machine from a local Space Port for $425 and got a part time job to save money for this. Sadly, temptation of other teenage wants and needs scuttled this dream for another 10 years. Taking a year off after high school before college enabled Scott to purchase his first machine, a Stern Meteor, which he kept in his 10x10 dorm room. During second semester, he purchased a Flash Gordon and a Fathom to go with it. It was a rather large surprise to his parents upon his return home that summer break with 3 machines instead of 1.

3 became 5, 5 became 10, 10 became 13..... all in a 10x10 room in his parents' house. After moving out most of the machines were put into storage for a couple of years, and pinball was put on the back burner. Around 2000 Scott discovered the internet newsgroup rec.games.pinball, and deciding to do something with all the machines vs. keeping them in storage, along with a nice open basement enabled him to rekindle the pinterest. 13 became 16, 16 became 20, 20 became 30, 30 became 42. Now, half were in a storage shed and the other half were set up. A subsequent move to a new house caused a downsizing from 42 to 30.

After wading through 21 out of 30 projects, Scott experienced a 'galactic zoo coincidence day' when all 32 (at the time) of his machines were working 100 percent..... for exactly one day. He hosts an annual party during the Allentown Pinball Wizards' convention and has played host to pinball leagues and tournaments. Machines of the late 70s and early 80s remain his favorites, but his collection includes machines from 1956 to 1995, with the bulk of machines being 80s era, with classic Sterns being a particular favorite.

A 6502 assembly hacker from way back, Scott applied that hazy knowledge to classic Stern architecture and now programs the 6800 on that platform to make the machines do his bidding (usually!)


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 21

Software of choice:  6800 Assembler, Photoshop

Active projects: 
LOST VEGAS software & programming
LOST VEGAS technical documentation
 



 

Nova Scotia, CANADA

Kevin has been an active pinball player since his youth, starting with hundreds of quarters being pumped into machines at campgrounds during family camping trips when he was a child. He has worked in the digital printing industry for 5 years as a color specialist with Xerox and has traveled the US and Canada working with the famed DocuColor and IGEN3 products.  Kevin's experience with graphics work on the computer started way back with CorelDRAW 2.0.  He carried the artwork torch for CPR almost exclusively from the beginning, but looks forward to many more parts being made possible via the Art Team effort.

Years as a pinball hobbyist: 6

Software of choice:  CorelDRAW X4

Completed
Artwork: 
F2K plastics, Xenon plastics, BK plastics, LW plastics, BR plastics, WCS94 plastics, PinBot plastics, PinBot mini-playfield, FG plastics, Paragon plastics, Mermaid playfield, F2K backglass, BR backglass, Xenon playfield, Bride of PinBot mini-playfield,  Bride of Pinbot Face Cube,Twilight Zone Powerfield
 
JODY LOBERT
Pittsburg, PA, USA

Jody has been into pinball since 1972.  He is partial to late 70's/early 80's games, especially the early 80's Bally machines.  Jody also likes Gottlieb EM's. He got his first pinball machine at the age of 13!  His professional background is in graphic design. He's been using the computer for illustration since 1991. He prefers vector illustration, and has done all sorts of projects using CorelDraw, but re-creating pinball line art is his favorite use of his spare computer time. Flash Gordon is the only complete plastics set he's re-created so far. Jody would like to do other plastics like Medusa or Royal Flush. The playfields he would like to do are: Haunted House, possibly some late 70's Gottlieb titles such as El Dorado, and newer DMD titles. 

Years as a pinball hobbyist: 36

Software of choice:  CorelDRAW

Completed
Artwork: 
Flash Gordon plastics set
F-14 TOMCAT plastics set
MEDUSA plastics set
VIKING plastics set


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MADELYNNE PURSGLOVE
Audubon, NJ, USA

Madelynne played some pinball starting in the 80s, but didn't enter the hobby until 1998 when she and her husband John brought home a Taxi. They now have 10 working pins and several projects in their "game-arage".   Madelynne has been in the Graphic Design business for over 13 years, doing freelance as well as in-house design for the Marketing department in a major metro newspaper. She has done a variety of work - from billboards to web pages and works mostly in Freehand, Photoshop and Quark XPress. She has done some scanning and touching up of some plastics for personal use, including Taxi and Devils Dare. She hopes to tackle several reproduction projects including High Speed, Catacomb, Seawitch and Space Invaders.


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 10

Software of choice:  (Apple)  Freehand, Photoshop, Quark XPress


Completed
Artwork:
High Speed plastics set
NINE BALL plastics set

LANCE FOSTER
Bridgewater, VA, USA

Lance has a BFA in art and has been a graphic designer for 30 years-including some commercial silk screen experience.  He has been working with Macintosh computers since their inception.  Lance's fascination with pinball spans over 40 years, but he didn't own a machine until 5 years ago.  Sixteen machines have now passed through the "manhole" (garage) and recently he has made a restoration shop in the back yard.  He enjoys all aspects of pinball restoration.  During the course of the F2K project, he refurbished and sold: Indy 500, Whirlwind, World Cup Soccer.  The Aadams Family, Funhouse, The Machine: Bride of Pinbot, Elvira and the Party Monsters, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Barracora, and Andromeda are the current lineup.

Years as a pinball fan: 40

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop

Completed
Artwork: 
FLIGHT 2000 playfield

 

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BOB DWOJEWSKI
Lehighton, PA, USA

Bob started as a video collector with games such as Tron, Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Gorf, Pacman, Centipede, Missile Command, Donkey Kong and Omega Race.  He has been playing pins since 1980, and been a hobbyist since his first game in 2004, which was Road Kings.  Bob's current pin collection includes DE Star Wars, Maverick, Star Trek the Next Generation, Haunted House, Black Hole, Earthshaker, Pinbot, Demolition Man, and Elvira and the Party Monsters.  It is true that once you get one - they multiply!  Bob does all his own board repairs.  He's an electrical Engineer by day and a pin/video junkie by night.  He enjoys bringing dead machines back to life.  Paddles!.....clear!!......we've got a pulse, sir

Years as a pinball hobbyist: 5

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3

Completed
Artwork: 
EARTHSHAKER plastics set

 


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MIKE LORRAIN
Seattle, WA  USA

Mike has been into pinball as a player since 1975, and as a hobbyist since 2007.  He likes games from the 80s on up to today.  He owns the following pins:  Family Guy, Elvis, Funhouse, Cyclone, Firepower II and Haunted House.  Mike is the co-owner of Quantum Productions Inc., a corporate film and video production company.  He’s been running the business for over 11 years, and recently they’ve just completed their first independent feature film.  He creates all types of print and motion graphics using 3D Studio Max, Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Illustrator.  He’s excited to be a part of the CPR graphics team, and the opportunity to apply his graphic design skills to make a positive difference in the pinball community.  In his spare time, Mike plays tennis, pinball and video games. He also enjoys collecting rare 12" vinyl records and music videos from the 80s. In 2002, Mike married his wife, Cynthia. In 2006 they welcomed their son Brett as the newest member of the family.  When Brett is a little older, Mike looks forward to teaching him how to play pinball. 

Years as a pinball hobbyist: 3

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator CS3

Completed
Artwork: 
CYCLONE plastics set
 

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DAVID's COMPLETED PLAYFIELD ARTWORK

DAVID EISNER   
Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA


David has been involved in the Pinball hobby for approx 30 years both as a collector as well as an inventor of several pinball restorative products.  His favorite games are those of the System 11 era, esp. Cyclone and Space Shuttle. David currently operates the website, www.pinballwzd.com.  It is here one can find various samples of his pinball related work. David uses the Adobe Suite of drawing products to draw his restorative pinball art.


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 11

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator

Completed
Artwork: 
CYCLONE playfield
POWER PLAY playfield (with Warren MacCulloch)

Active
Artwork: 
JOKER POKER Playfield
 

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WARREN MacCULLOCH
Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA
 

Warren first played pinball in the arcades of Calgary during the mid 70’s. He is a self-confessed drop target junkie, which may explain his soft spot for Gottlieb. At age 17 he bought his first game; Gottlieb’s “Jack in the Box” (lots of drops targets and pretty women!) and also joined the Pinball Owners Association which was then run by Gary Flower. In 1996 he began fulfilling his dream of having a basement full of pinball machines. Many games have come and gone but the ones that remain are from the late 70’s early 80’s with the exception of two WPC games.  Warren finds that a sentimental attachment to the games tends to keep them around. The current lineup includes Barracora, Cosmic Gunfight, Black Hole, and The Shadow, amongst others. He is an active member of the Vancouver Regional Pinball Association (had the inaugural meeting at his house) and has finished second in the VRPA league too many times to be funny. Warren loves hockey (Go Canucks!) which is why Bobby Orr’s Power Play is so special to him. It was also the second electronic pinball he played back in 1978, after Eight Ball. He has an NOS Power Play playfield that he wants to share with the pinball community – working with CPR, he says, "will help me do my bit” for pinball. He has 2 great kids (6 & 9) and a very understanding wife.  Warren runs in his spare time and is currently ranked the fastest 41 year old in Canada for 800 meters indoor (2008)!

Years as a pinball hobbyist: 33

Software of choice:  Photoshop, CorelDRAW

Completed
Artwork: 
POWER PLAY playfield (with David Eisner)

 
JEFF 'JETSY' MILLER
Tampa, FL, USA                      ^ link to Pinball Pimp ^

Jeff is no stranger to pinball. From the time he was 8 years old back in 1974, he can remember holding out his hand, begging his Mom for quarters to play the pinball machines at the Danners 5 & 10 store in Columbus, Indiana. At that age he remembers having to stand on the wooden stool just so he could get a good view of the playfield and to reach the flippers. Lights, Sounds, Moving Parts, Colors, Artwork... he was HOOKED! Whenever he saw a pinball machine, he would check to see if someone left a credit or coins in the return, searching for the elusive quarter. His first machine was a Bally Captain Fantastic with a NOS playfield and did a COMPLETE restore that took almost a year... everything was restored all the way down to polishing each and every part!

Now at the age of 41, he is a professional graphic artist and owns his own design firm with clients such as Samsung, SEARS, Best Buy, Staples, Sony, and the NFL. He has also done work for Bon Jovi, Dan Marino, LL Cool J, Alicia Keys and numerous other celebrities. Pinball restoration is his latest hobby and will most likely be something that he will be interested in until GAME OVER. If you take all the years of playing pinball, 25+ years of graphic art talent and put them all together... you get Jeff - The PINBALL PIMP!

He currently owns these FULLY restored machines: Captain Fantastic, Eight Ball, Six Million Dollar Man, Harlem Globetrotters, Royal Flush... along with an Atari ASTEROIDS machine!


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 35

Software of choice:  CorelDRAW, Illustrator, Photoshop

Completed
Artwork: 
Williams COMET plastics set
Bally POWER PLAY plastics set
CFTBL Speaker Panel

Active
Artwork: 
TBA once it reaches 75%+ completed
 

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JIM HECK
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA

Jim started playing pinball as a youth in the late 70's at a local bowling alley.  One of his earliest and most vivid pinball memories includes finding and reading 'Pinball Portfolio' in his school library.  He thought the pictures of Fireball looked cool.  Jim remembers the excitement of  playing Black Knight for the first time when it arrived in his town.  He played pinball on and off over the years, and even dreamed of owning a machine one day.  Then in 2004, he finally decided to take the plunge, and bought his first machine a NIB The Simpsons Pinball Party.  His pinball mania was such that his second machine, a Funhouse in need of restoration, arrived just before the Simpsons machine.  Many more machines quickly followed and today his collection consists of about 18 machines in a mix of both modern DMDs and classic solid state pins from the 80's.

Jim found more than a hobby in pinball, he found a true passion.  He enjoys everything about it, from fixing the machines to competitively
playing them, the pinball community, the shows, and most of all the
creative outlet.  In his day job, Jim is a Computer Software Engineer, feeding his other passion for computers and technology.  He is excited to combine the two passions, as he did when he taught himself TurboCAD to draw a MAME cabinet practically from scratch.  Jim eagerly anticipates his current goal of putting his perfectionist nature to task lovingly recreating the playfield art for Bally's Flash Gordon.  This is a machine he feels is the greatest single ball early SS machine ever
designed. 


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 5

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator

Completed Artwork:

FLASH GORDON double playfield

Active
Artwork: 
MEDUSA playfield
 

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KEVIN LIESNER
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Kevin never played a lot of pinball as a kid. He started out playing video games in the 80's, when he obtained the world record on Pengo (he is now listed as #2 and owns the game he won the world record on). In the mid-90s, he would occasionally play some pinball (especially Star Trek The Next Generation) on route. Fascinated with the physics of pinball, in 2007 Kevin was surprised to win his first (and currently only) pinball machine (STTNG) on E-Bay, after which he had to drive 7 hours to pick it up! After 6 months of playing, he attended his first pinball show (Midwest Gaming Classic) and came in 4th place in the B division! When not playing/working on pinball, Kevin can be found doing desktop publishing, playing piano and keyboard for their church's worship team, or working as a Technology Consultant.

Years as a pinball hobbyist: 2

Software of choice:  Adobe Creative Suite CS3

Active
Artwork: 
TBA once it reaches 75%+ completed
 

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CAMERON JENSEN
Kaysville, Utah, USA

EDWARD CHEUNG         www.edcheung.com
Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Cameron has been playing pinball since the 70’s, has collected arcades for years and has been a pinball hobbyist/collector for the last 3 years. He has about 9 pins in his current lineup. Cameron is a Software Engineer by trade and owns several businesses that are in the graphics arts field. He has worked professionally with Photoshop, CorelDRAW, and Illustrator beginning 1993. Once he finishes his current project, he hopes to work on Sorcerer and Comet Playfields as well as the rest of the Space Shuttle stuff.

Years as a pinball hobbyist: 4

Software of choice:  Illustrator & Photoshop CS2


Ed works for NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope and has several of his designs currently flying in space.  When he decided he wanted to get a pinball machine, he naturally chose Space Shuttle as his first one.  This pin even has a graphic of Hubble on the playfield.  In addition to various pinball graphics projects, Ed has also developed a Williams CPU board tester, and has been successful in replicating the WPC CPU and A/V boards on an FPGA.  This latter project is intended to replace the ASICs on these boards with modern substitutes.


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 4

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator & VHDL

Past Projects:  Space Shuttle translite, Space Shuttle overlay, WPC CPU and DCS Audio on one FPGA.




This TEAM's Completed
Artwork: 
SPACE SHUTTLE playfield

 

Steve Ritchie (left), David Fix (right)

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DOC PINBALL - (DAVID FIX)
Buffalo, New York, USA

First let's reveal who DocPinball is. His name is David Fix and this guy has been around pinball for some time. David has been playing pinball since the late 70's. The first game that sucked him in was PORKERINO. He remembers playing that game and winning 8 free games on the first time he played it.  He started to collect pinball machines when he could not find any machines in his town to play. David now has 12 pins in his personal collection. David is pinball historian and knows a ton about the timeline of the industry. Back in the 90's David worked in the Newspaper business as head graphic artist. David is now a freelance graphic arts consultant. When working for the paper he was the guy that implemented change and pushed them to switch from pasted-up work that was shot on film to make plates for printing - and to change over to laying it out by computer and then sent to a laser to cut the film for plate making. David also remembers cutting rubylift when he was going to school for graphic art, and also has done silk screening. He has worked professionally with Photoshop, CorelDraw, and Illustrator and a load of other programs to many to list beginning in 1990. His current project is a PARAGON Backglass and MARS GOD OF WAR backglass, with some ideas on a few playfields. David is also considering doing backglasses that were done originally as translites - to make actual glass versions.  David holds a unique spot on the Art Team as our CMYK project expert.

Years as a pinball hobbyist: 12

Software of choice:  CorelDRAW 12

Completed Artwork:
STELLAR WARS Plastics

Active
Artwork: 
TBA once it reaches 75%+ completed
 

TOTAN artwork partial sample
NICK POSSEDI
San Diego, CA, USA

Nick grew up in the pinball capital of Chicago, and as a preteen spent many winter nights at the local arcades. Mostly with his brother who preferred to play Black Knight. He would be next to him shooting away on Playboy or whatever it was on the other side of Black Knight that did not have boobs.  Those were my first experiences. High school proved to be void of all pinball activity. Nick was busy playing basketball and working at a local appliance store. After graduating college in 1989 with a degree in graphic arts, he entered the world of commercial printing as a prepress technician.  The print shop Nick worked at in Downers Grove, IL was one of the very few that could print on plastic sheets. It was there that Nick worked on translites for Data East and Williams pins. He remembers those early Macs being tasked quite heavily by the large translite files. That would be his last brush with pinball until a few years ago. A high school friend purchased his first pin and kind of "pulled him back in" the world of pinball. His friend was, in fact, the one that pointed him toward CPR and their artist program. Though Nick doesn't own any titles right now, he does plan to buy and refurbish a TOTAN. Hopefully sometime in 2009.

Years as a pinball hobbyist: 2

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator

Completed
Artwork: 
TALES OF THE ARABIAN KNIGHTS playfield
GUNS & ROSES Plastics SuperSet

Active
Artwork: 
TBA once it reaches 75%+ completed
 


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RAY LOCKHART
Tonawanda, NY, USA

For over forty years Ray has enjoyed a productive career in the field of commercial art as a designer, art director, illustrator, and in the fine arts field as a watercolorist and instructor. Introduced to our little mission here in the pinball community by David Fix, Ray is going to use his vast experience to bring forth hopefully several classic backglasses.  Ray's formative years were spent in a small fishing village on the western shore of Lake Michigan. That experience deeply ingrained in him a love of the sea, ships, lighthouses, quaint fishing villages, and their environs. These come to life in many of his watercolors. In subsequent years he was profoundly influenced by the great magazine illustrators of the 40’s and 50’s, and so a lifelong course in the field of commercial art was fixed. He also gained experience in agencies and studios over the years. You will find his illustrations arresting and impactful, and what an eye for detail.  Please click the link to his web site and take a look at his work.  Ray's reproduction art for backglasses will involve the amazing tradition of hand cutting rubylith film along with hand sketching.  The exact way your original backglasses were prepared for printing.

Years as a pinball hobbyist: none

Methods of choice:  Illustration, Painting, Rubylith film

Completed Artwork:
TARGET ALPHA backglass
EARTHSHAKER backglass
 
SCOTT GOINGS
Commerce Township, Michigan, USA


MIKE MILLER
Russiaville, Indiana, USA

Scott: Starting playing pinball in the early 70s. The first game he played was Gottlieb Scuba. Played through the end of college and resumed when he purchased a Gottlieb Black Hole in 1998. Collection currently includes Fire Power, Xenon, Black Knight, Centaur, Black Hole, Indy 500, The Addam’s Family, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Safe Cracker and Corvette.  Favorite generation of machine is early 80s solid state.
 

Years as a pinball hobbyist:  11
Software of choice:  CorelDRAW X4


Mike:  He's played pinball since the early '70's through college until games were difficult to find on route.  Returned to playing in 1997 when he purchased his first pinball machine: Aladdin's Castle. Collection currently includes Aladdin's Castle, Gorgar, Black Knight, Centaur, Space Invaders, Scorpion, Star Trek, Xenon, Solar Fire, Alien Poker and Grand Lizard. Enjoys playing, repairing and restoring all vintages of pinball machines, although his favorites are the early solid state ones. Mike has been a Mechanical Engineer in the automotive industry for over 27 years.

Years as a pinball hobbyist:  12
Software of choice:  CorelDRAW X4


This TEAM's Completed Artwork: 
SOLAR FIRE backglass

 
HENRIK WÄNGERSTEDT
Borås, SWEDEN
 
Henrik first noticed pinball as a kid (in the late 70s) and the whole appearance of pinball games attracted him more than the video games. Back then he could just stand and look at them whenever he got the chance. Later, in the early 90s Henrik got into playing games on a more frequent basis and pretty much all the money he could spare went into games such as Tales from the Crypt, World Cup Soccer, and many more. Around 1995 he completely lost contact with pinball and didn't pick it up until 2005 when he got in contact (much because of his colleague Christian Holmsten) with the Swedish pinball community. Since then Henrik started collecting games and currently owns about 10 games. He's also working with the local pinball community with Christian Holmsten arranging monthly and annual tournaments.


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 10+ years

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator

Completed
Artwork: 
FLASH plastics set

Active
Artwork: 
TBA once it reaches 75%+ completed

 


CHRISTIAN HOLMSTEN
Borås, SWEDEN
 
As a child of the early 80’s Christian got hooked on video games and totally missed out on the pinball thing and it took over 20 years until he got set straight. This happened when he was told by his boss to acquire a pinball game for the employees and after a few hours surfing the Internet an Elvira and the Party Monsters was on its way. When leaving that job and sadly Elvira too, the idea of a pinball machine, or maybe two, of his own crossed his mind. Fortunately a guy at the new job, Henrik Wängerstedt, encouraged that idea and quickly a Judge Dredd was purchased in may 2005 - followed by his very own Elvira. Unfortunately Christian never takes on new hobbies half-hearted - which has resulted in a pinball collection of almost 100 machines (and counting), an active engagement in the Swedish pinball community and a never ending mission to awake pinballers across the country.


Years as a pinball hobbyist: 4 years

Software of choice:  Macromedia Freehand

Active
Artwork: 
TBA once it reaches 75%+ completed

 
BRUCE BRIGHAM
Grey Highlands, Ontario, CANADA

Bruce is a graphic artist and photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has been a pinball fan since the age of eight. His step-father was an operator, and occasionally took Bruce on his rounds. Pinball has always been around him and he has owned many machines over the years, purchasing his first pinball, a Williams Fan-Tas-Tic, when he was 12. Bruce currently owns a Williams Flash, a 1969 Bally On-Beam, and a 1967 Bally Rocket III and will soon be acquiring a 1968 Bally Mini Zag . Originally trained in the fine arts, he is always looking for a challenge to stimulate his creative skills. Bruce currently works on a Mac using Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.


Years as a pinball fan: 34 years

Software of choice:  Adobe Illustrator

Active
Artwork: 
TBA once it reaches 75%+ completed

 


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SHANE STEPHENS
Brookings, Oregon, USA

Shane started in graphic arts when he was about 15. Back then the industry used real film, and the cameras were so large they took up two rooms. It was at that time that Shane began screen printing. He has been a traditional artist since youth and began working with vector graphics in 2005.

Shane currently works at a small graphics shop where he makes vehicle graphics, signs, banners, screen printed t-shirts, headstones, and various other items.

He has been playing pinball for as long as he can remember. Every summer Shane would go to a cabin at a lake with his grandparents. There was a lodge next to the cabin that was no longer the busy place it had once been. It was now a quiet place where, as a kid, he could play the three machines they had, for as long as he wanted. Later, at the local arcade when Shane was still young, the pinballs seemed to be where the older kids were, so it was only when the place was quiet that he could sneak into the "big kids" territory and get his fill of pinball.  At the end of 2010, Shane got the bug to get himself his own pinball machine. After a lot of research, in January of 2011, he ended up finding a non-running 1975 Bally Old Chicago, locally for a price he could finally afford. 2 weeks later he brought home a rare 1964 Flying Turns. Shane has since added two more machines. EM's and early SS are his favorites.


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RANDY MURRAY
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA


Randy has been playing pinball since the 80’s, has collected vids, and built a couple of mame's during the last few years. He's been a pinball collector for the last 3 years. He currently has 4 pins in his current lineup, but that always seems to get added-to when least expected.

He is a Graphic Designer with an Applied Arts diploma and has worked with companies such as: Canwest, Ottawa Citizen, Canada Goose, Ski-Doo, Manitobah Mukluks and many more. He owns his own business in his home town of Ottawa, Ontario.

He is looking forward to working on several projects with CPR to help this growing hobby and bring these fantastic games back to life.


Years as a pinball fan: 20

Software of Choice: The entire Adobe Creative Suite


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a secret backglass, will be revealed when it is done!

 

MATT PAINTER
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND


Matt has been a pinball hobbyist since 2008 with his first impulsive purchase of an Addams Family. This was soon followed by a Meteor, however his desire for spousal harmony and lack of space means that his pinball collection is regrettably in stasis.

Matt was allured to pinball by its timeless visual and aural aesthetic and its physicality. He is also proud of being passionate about something which is No Longer Cool while knowing that he is right.

Matt works as a software developer, a classically trainer singer, an occasional graphic designer and an electronics tinkerer. He enjoys high voltage, fixing and breaking things.



Software of Choice: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop

Active Artwork: 
TBA once it reaches 75%+ completed

 

GARRY HICKS
Winston Salem, NC, USA



My name is Garry Hicks and I've been a graphic artist in the Nascar Industry for the over 13 years . I started collecting pinball machines about 4 years ago and have owned around fifteen different titles. Programs I use are Illustrator CS5, Photoshop CS5 and 3d Studio Max. I recently got married to my beautiful wife Sarah who's is also a fan of pinball!  Looking forward to helping fellow pinball collectors finish that project they never thought they could.


 

Software of Choice: Adobe CS5

Active Artwork: 
TBA once it reaches 75%+ completed