GAME MECHANICS, CARD TEXT, & ILLUSTRATIONS
WEB, RULEBOOK, ETC.
Erik DePrince is an illustrator, character designer, and game maker. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Erik honed his skills illustrating thousands of designs for top apparel houses including Kids Headquarters and American Marketing Enterprises (AME). Erikʼs graphics sold successfully at major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, J.C. Penney and Dillardʼs. After growing weary of the day-to-day grind working in-house and determined to carve his own creative path, Erik left the apparel industry to pursue a successful freelance career in the mid 2000's. In 2007 Erik and his partner Jess discovered the then-brand-new industry of royalty-free micro stock image licensing. At the time many illustrators were rejecting the idea of royalty-free licensing in fear that it would erode their freelance business. Erik and Jess, however, instantly saw the enormous potential of using the internet to license their artwork to buyers across the world. They immediately began creating their own image collection. Together they now have over 7,000 illustrations available for licensing and their company has sold well over 700,000 image licenses.
Besides creating art, Erik has always been an avid gamer. As a kid in the early 80's he'd spend countless hours working with his future-computer-programmer brother designing racing games on their TI-99/4A. But as much as be enjoyed programming, what he really loved was drawing. Before long he was pillaging their box game collection in search of pieces for his own creations and drawing giant game boards anywhere he could, including on the back of his parent's closet door, much to their dismay. The game Erik credits as being most inspiring to him as a kid (for whatever reason) was the 1981 science-fiction game Ameoba Wars by Avalon Hill, which he still owns.
Today Erik enjoys all types of games including tabletop and card games, miniatures war-games, MMORPGs, and chess.
MisterElements @ Shutterstock
Erik's "MIsterElements" drawing videos on youtube
Jess Volinski also attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she had exactly one class Erik (it was Art History). Jess is also an accomplished illustrator and designer known for her highly recognizable brand of royalty-free illustrations including her Sketchy Doodles, Notebook Doodles and Henna Doodles. Her licensed art has appeared on countless products, tv commercials, webpages, magazines, and more across the world. Besides enjoying doodling and designing, Jess loves games, Legos, and all things science-fiction.
Blue67Design @ Shutterstock