ORIGINAL ARTWORK

This page is dedicated to original artwork, including sketches, drawings, illustrations, etc., created by S. R. Ford.

THE KINGDOM CHRONICLES

Box of Shadows Concept

Box of Shadows Concept

© 2007 S. R. Ford. Ink. One of the author's earliest sketches, this sketch of the Box of Shadows predates the plot for The Kingdom and the Crown and was created during class in high school.

Original Vagan Alphabet Concept

Original Vagan Alphabet Concept

© 2008 S. R. Ford. Pencil and ink. The original character set that would eventually become the Vagan language. Some of the characters have changed, been altered or been removed since this creation. Some of the finalized characters can be viewed on the cover of The Elements and the Exodus.

Vagan Armor Zarrys Concept

Vagan Armor Zarrys Concept

© 2011 S. R. Ford. Ink and colored pencil. This sketch of the armor that was worn by both Zarrys I and Zarrys II features two main concepts, with secondary notes concerning variations of the bracers.

Vagan Armor Fallon Concept

Vagan Armor Fallon Concept

© 2011 S. R. Ford. Ink and colored pencil. This sketch of the Vagan armor worn by Fallon includes two conceptual styles. According to the author, Option A is essentially the style he used in the books.

Zarrys Ring Concept

Zarrys Ring Concept

© 2011 S. R. Ford. Pencil and ink. "As I wrote the closing chapters of The Kingdom and the Crown, I knew Zarrys and Naminé's wedding rings had to be a pair and they had to be remarkable. So, I drew up several ideas until I found what I wanted. These are the final products." -- S. R. Ford

Naminé Ring Concept

Naminé Ring Concept

© 2011 S. R. Ford. Pencil and ink. "As I wrote the closing chapters of the The Kingdom and the Crown, I knew Zarrys and Naminé's wedding rings had to be a pair and they had to be remarkable. So, I drew up several ideas until I found what I wanted. These are the final products." -- S. R. Ford

Zarrys Ring Concept (Colored)

Zarrys Ring Concept (Colored)

© 2011 S. R. Ford. Ink and colored pencil. "As I wrote the closing chapters of the The Kingdom and the Crown, I knew Zarrys and Naminé's wedding rings had to be a pair and they had to be remarkable. So, I drew up several ideas until I found what I wanted. These are the final products... The colored editions also went through several revisions, and even this version isn't quite how the ring ended up being described in the book."

Armor Close-up w/ Amulet Concept

Armor Close-up w/ Amulet Concept

© 2011 S. R. Ford. Ink and colored pencil. This design, drawn as a cover for the author's day planner, was a predecessor to the full armor concept design. The right-hand cover reflects the front of the armor, with the concept amulet integrated in, and the left-hand cover reflects the back of the armor. The symbol on the bottom was an original idea for Rokai's front paw print. It, too, was later changed before being written into the book.

Ryel Temple Doors Concept

Ryel Temple Doors Concept

© 2011 S. R. Ford. Ink and colored pencil. This detailed illustration of the doors to the Temple of the Crown was also done as a cover for a day planner, after the scene had already been written into The Kingdom and the Crown. The three Vagan words (anglicized as "Atloshooln," "Atlofanoln" and "Sacholosh") mean "All knowing," "All powerful" and "Holiness."

Naminé Staff Concept

Naminé Staff Concept

© 2010 S. R. Ford. Ink and colored pencil. This sketch of the staff Naminé receives from Pukwan combines aspects of a staff, spear, glaive and naginata.

Bolt-Disk Concept

Bolt-Disk Concept

© 2010 S. R. Ford. Ink and colored pencil. Fallon's iconic bolt-disk was designed by compiling aspects of a chakram, a shuriken, a lightning bolt and a saw blade.

Naminé Pendent Concept

Naminé Pendent Concept

© 2009 S. R. Ford. Ink. An original concept design for the pendant Naminé would receive from Pukwan. It was simplified and altered before being added to the story.

Kirah Pendant Concept

Kirah Pendant Concept

© 2009 S. R. Ford. Ink and colored pencil. An original concept design for the pendant Kirah would receive from Pukwan. It was simplified and altered before being added to the story.

Human Infantry Armor Concept

Human Infantry Armor Concept

© 2011 S. R. Ford. Pencil, ink, and colored pencil. This final concept design for the armor of Tolucan's armies gives a much more detailed look into what the author had in mind for the book. As S. R. Ford describes it, "The armor worn by Tolucan's soldiers has a history behind it; a dark and gruesome past inspired the smiths who first designed it. I'd love to tell that story, but the time has not yet come."

Early Temple Throne Concept

Early Temple Throne Concept

© 2008 S. R. Ford. Ink. This early base sketch depicts the throne of Pukwan, which is to be found in the Temple of the Crown inside Mount Ryel. Though this sketch was never completed due to changes in its intended design, S. R. Ford says he plans to revisit the throne and illustrate its "final splendor."

OBLIVION'S GATE

Mimgardr - Chapter Sketches (Whole)

Mimgardr - Chapter Sketches (Whole)

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Early on in the writing of Mimgardr, S. R. Ford planned on inserting personal illustrations at the first of each chapter. Most were composed, but the idea was later abandoned. This page from S. R. Ford's personal sketchbook contains only a few of the intended illustrations in conceptual form.

Mimgardr - Oolong's Eye

Mimgardr - Oolong's Eye

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 18 - Oolong Did, this illustration of Oolong's eye is considered one of S. R. Ford's favorites.

Mimgardr - Heirloom Ring

Mimgardr - Heirloom Ring

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 36 - Congratulations, S. R. Ford felt this was the best place to put an illustration of the heirloom ring which had been passed to Dan from his grandmother by means of his father, and intended for him to use as an engagement ring. S. R. Ford felt that the ring was such an integral part of the series that it could only be depicted in detail at the right moment.

Mimgardr - Heart

Mimgardr - Heart

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Though intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 45 - Twenty Hearts Beating, S. R. Ford is mum as to whose, if anyone's, heart this is supposed to be.

Mimgardr - Life Blood/Cactus Leaf

Mimgardr - Life Blood/Cactus Leaf

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 12 - Six Glass Bottles, this illustration depicts a bottle of Life Blood and a cactus leaf. Any further detail in this description would require a spoilers notice.

Mimgardr - Wolf Paw Print

Mimgardr - Wolf Paw Print

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 8 - A Realm for Hypocrites, this is an illustration of a wolf (or rather, werewolf) paw print.

Mimgardr - Cauldron

Mimgardr - Cauldron

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 15 - Over the Cauldron, this is an illustration of the cauldron Dan sees both in dream and reality.

Mimgardr - Barker Mailbox

Mimgardr - Barker Mailbox

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 25 - Nothing More Than a Memory, the Barker family mailbox is one of the only remaining parts of the Barker home after a terrible incident occurs.

Mimgardr - Fork

Mimgardr - Fork

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 14 - Real Friends, this illustration depicts the fork with which Aaron toys with rather than eats his food.

Mimgardr - Alice's Gift

Mimgardr - Alice's Gift

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 24 - I Luv Yu Mor, this is an illustration of the gift presented to Dan by his dear sister Alice.

Mimgardr - Viewing Stone

Mimgardr - Viewing Stone

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Prologue - Long Enough, this is a depiction of the viewing stone through which the King and Master of Hearts view the rest of the events written in the book.

Mimgardr - Puddle

Mimgardr - Puddle

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 4 - Maybe You Will, this is an illustration of the puddles in which Dan slips outside his chamber door.

Mimgardr - Aaron Watch 2

Mimgardr - Aaron Watch 2

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. Intended for Mimgardr, Chapter 2 - When the Morning Comes, this final illustration of Aaron's wristwatch marks the specific time 7:54 a.m.

Mimgardr - Aaron Watch 1

Mimgardr - Aaron Watch 1

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. An early sketch of Aaron's wristwatch drawn during the writing of Mimgardr, Chapter 2.

Mimgardr - Skull Whistle

Mimgardr - Skull Whistle

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. This partially completed illustration of the Skull Whistle, or the Key of Oblivion, was at one time considered by S. R. Ford for use as the illustration for Mimgardr, Chapter 9 - Take It, but it was later traded for another more fitting illustration and put aside for safe keeping.

Mimgardr - Flying Dutchman

Mimgardr - Flying Dutchman

© 2013 S. R. Ford. Pencil. S. R. Ford's concept for the Flying Dutchman is nothing short of grand. This sketch was created to aid in brainstorming and finalizing the ship's design before it was written into the series. For example: In the top-right corner, the ship's main inspirations are listed. In the bottom-right corner, the ship's mammoth dimensions are recorded.

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