Gary Ward is an illustrator and graphic designer whose work spans both literature and the world of video gaming. His contribution to Fighting Fantasy is known from his work on the Caverns of the Snow Witch.
Gary’s first big commission was with his friend and fellow Goldsmith’s student Edward Crosby who were given the job of illustrating the ninth Fighting Fantasy book Caverns of the Snow Witch by Ian Livingstone. The adventure had previously appeared in issue 2 of Warlock, although it had been illustrated by a different artist. Altogether they were asked to produce about 25 illustrations for the book. According to Crosby they went for a bold wood block style, using black felt tip and the originals were drawn on A3 paper. Despite a positive reaction to the work, neither Crosby nor Ward worked on Fighting Fantasy again, save in republishing of the artwork in books such as Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World, Out of the Pit and The Fighting Fantasy 10th Anniversary Yearbook.
In February 1998, Gary Ward joined Edward Grabowski Communications Limited, a company founded by the eponymous Ed Grabowski, a designer and coder of strategy computer games who originally started in the 1980's on the Sinclair Spectrum, moving his way up through platforms until settling many years ago onto the PC platform. Although the company was founded four years before Gary joined it, he has contributed work to all their titles as a graphic designer and a "Young at heart artist".
Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Other Fighting Fantasy
- Out of the Pit (Puffin, 1985)
- Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World (Puffin, 1986)
- The Fighting Fantasy 10th Anniversary Yearbook (Puffin, 1992)
Outside of Fighting Fantasy
Gary's work has appeared in many magazines, role-playing games and books, and he has provided cover illustrations for a variety of game and video releases.
- Hoverforce (Millennium Interactive Ltd, 1990)
- Grand Prix Manager (MicroProse Software, Inc., 1995)
- Powerhouse (Impressions Games, 1995)
- Grand Prix Manager 2 (MicroProse Software, Inc., 1996)
- Smart Games Challenge 1 (Smart Games, Inc., 1996)
- Smart Games Word Puzzles 1 (1996), Smart Games, Inc.)
- Spider (BMG Interactive Entertainment, 1996)
- Smart Games Puzzle Challenge 2 (Smart Games, Inc., 1997)
- Smart Games Stratajams (Smart Games, Inc., 1997)
- Blasto (SCEE, 1998)
- Future Cop LAPD (Electronic Arts, Inc., 1998)
- Jane's Combat Simulations: Fleet Command (Electronic Arts, Inc., 1998)
- Smart Games Puzzle Challenge 3 (Atari Interactive, Inc., 1998)
- Grand Prix World (Hasbro Interactive, Inc., 1999)
- Jane's Combat Simulations: F/A-18 Simulator (Electronic Arts, Inc., 1999)
- The Sims 2 (Electronic Arts, Inc., 2004)