Local artist takes on game illustrations
By EVELYN LONG –
William “Bill” Bricker, a life long artist/illustrator, has achieved another notable goal with the work he has completed for the board game, “Dungeon Heroes,” produced by Crash Games Company. The Kickstarter Campaign for this project began October 16 and can be found on the web site, www.crashgamesaz.com where pledges can be made.
“I have illustrated game covers — did the spots inside — but never the entire game,” he said.
During the past year he has completed illustrations for Uber Goober Games, Clevel Mojo Games, Stronghold Games, Panik Productions, DGS Games and the current Crash Games.
His illustrations, done through his company, W. E. B.’s Designs, are eye catching scenes in softly muted colors and range from historical scenes (“my dad’s favorite is one of General Custer”) to the futuristic figures and scenes related to fantasy games and other ventures. The world of art has been his focus since he was a toddler when he was described by some as a protégé.
Bricker, who was born in Nelsonville, Ohio, and grew up in “a holler,” demonstrated artistic ability at a very young age. His parents recognized this and encouraged him to develop it. “I use to draw Sunday comics,” said the affable artist. “I drew such figures as Prince Valiant and Spiderman, free hand.”
He apprenticed when he was 14 years old.
“A man named Clayton Parker helped me when my illustrations were placed on bill boards.” He added that he even did screen designs on underwear for a rock band. I also learned lettering at that time.”
He was 15 years old when his parents moved him and his siblings to Morrow County.
“Dad worked at Rockwell and it was closer for him,” said Bricker. His parents pushed him into contests where he won virtually every one, even those on the national level. While attending Cardington School he was mentored and taught by art teacher Valda Fitzpatrick and was offered a full scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design. Between his junior and seniors years he created between 2,000 and 3,000 pieces of art work. Some of his art work hangs in the Ohio Historical Museum.
At that time he worked with pen and ink and watercolors. He studied at the Art Institute in Pittsburg and learned the special effects of film.
Later, he worked for a local theater where he painted the mural on the wall and was offered a job with the theater that included learning more of the intricacies of business which helps him today.
Today he works strictly from his home — no on site work — and most is done by computer.
“Ninety nine per cent of what I do are board and card games.” He is an illustrator, he noted, not an artist. He likes all subject matter but not abstract.
”I like to tell stories with my illustrations,” he sad.
Bricker encourages all interested persons to check the Web site for the Kick Starter Campaign. For more information go to www.bbricker.com.