I am a poker junkie so in the room opening up to the home theater, I wanted a poker / sports room. We started (my neighbor and I) from complete scratch and I had a very detailed plan in place to build the poker table, how big, what materials, the color of the LED lights, the type of gaming felt, and yes, the custom design of the playing surface. Being a fan of Horror Movies I decided to have something created that integrated my love for horror movies and poker. I knew what I wanted but had no idea how to get it created. After researching for months, and hanging around many graphic art websites and communities I found an artist in Indonesia that was taking work on the side.
He normally drew and created artwork for some fantasy comic and focused mainly on fantasy type artwork but clearly he was very skilled. This kid was so talented. I told him I wanted 6 serial killers from well know movies sitting around a WSOP Final table and we would call it a "Killer Final Table, pun intended. I had to send him tons of movie images as he had no idea who Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees or Freddy Kruger even were. He started sending me rough drawings and I knew he was the one to do the job.
I thought long and hard (that's what she said) about what villains to include. The final list was Jason (Friday the 13th) Freddy Kruger (Nightmare on Elm St) Pinhead (Hellraiser), the Joker (Dark Knight) Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs) and Michael Myers (Halloween). I also considered Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Captain Spalding (House of 1000 Corpses) but feel about who made the final list.
A few initial rough sketches...this kid could really draw is arse off....very happy with his work.
Once the artwork was done I sent it off to be put on the gaming suede via heat sublimation.
We started with a lot of wood and lots of cutting:
We had then sheet metal cut in shape of card suits and would put blue LED's behind them with a dimmer switch:
We cut the table bases into suits (heart, spade, diamond & club) and put colored suited speed cloth behind each cutoff for enhanced effect:
Turned out good:
Final Artwork - Artist did most of the work by hand - incredible detailing:
Up close view of suited light diffuser:
Finished Product - who wants to come over and play some NL hold Em while we watch Insidious in 7.1 surround in background?