Paul Faris is an illustrator and art director with twenty years of experience working with arcade pinball
and video games
Faris started his arcade career in 1975, when he joined Bally
as a staff artist at the start of their solid-state pinball era. He quickly established himself with a clean, attractive style and balanced composition, and was soon promoted to Art Director in 1977. At Bally, his artwork appeared on many of their popular games, including Evel Knievel, Eight Ball, Playboy (Bally), Paragon, Xenon,
In 1985, he left Bally and started Paragon Studios, Inc., a small art gallery and studio in Wheaton, Illinois. He remained active in arcade gaming, however, developing pinball and video game artwork for Game Plan, Data East
, and Sega Pinball
In 2006, Paul Faris was inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame. Today he lives with his family in Illinois.
Paul Faris' artwork has appeared on the following games:
- Night Rider (Bally, 1976)
- Evel Knievel (Bally, 1977)
- Lost World (Bally, 1978)
- Playboy (Bally, 1978)
- Paragon (Bally, 1979)
- Space Invaders (Bally, 1980)
- Xenon (Bally, 1980)
- Centaur (Bally, 1981)
- Andromeda (Game Plan, 1985)
- Double Dragon (Taito, 1987)
- Operation Wolf (Taito, 1987)
- Phantom Of The Opera (Data East, 1990)
- Back to the Future (Data East, 1990)
- Batman (Data East, 1991)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Data East, 1991)
- WWF Royal Rumble (Data East, 1994)
- Tattoo Assassins (Data East, 1995)
- Zombie Raid (American Sammy, 1995)
- GoldenEye (Sega, 1996)
Paul Faris' life and work demonstrate the following tropes:
- Badass Beard: He used to have one, but eventually shaved it off.
- Creator Cameo/The Cameo: Paul Faris sometimes inserts himself and/or his family members into his artwork.
- Both Lost World and Paragon depict Faris as the barbarian warrior and his wife as the accompanying maiden.
- In Back to the Future, Faris' son was the model for Marty McFly, as Michael J. Fox wouldn't allow his likeliness to be used.
- In an indirect example, Bally artist Dave Christensen drew Faris in the crowd for Captain Fantastic.
- Rated M for Manly: A recurring theme in many of his pieces.