William Hendershot was born and raised in the California Bay Area. From a very early age he has enjoyed drawing elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. His influences include Frank Frazetta, Arthur Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Rembrandt, and many impressionist painters. He studied pictorial art at San Jose State University where he focused on painting and life drawing. For the following ten years he worked as the head instructor of a private art school where he taught painting, drawing, and various other mediums. He has worked for a wide range of clients on various projects including game illustrations, book illustrations, logo designs, and private commissions.