The Wizard Extras, Pt. I

I intend on eventually releasing a children’s book version of the Wizard Sequence. Back during May and June I did an additional 15 drawings to go along with the original nine. I’m finding, though, that writing for children is a completely different process and challenge from how I usually write. I thought, though, that I’d share some of the drawings I’ve  done for the book. 
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The Wizard Sequence, Pt. X


The Wizard Sequence, Pt. X
Alex Hinders, 2012.
Colored pencil and pen.

The Watchers and the Watchlings had been leaning towards letting the Wizard visit the treasure room of the magic cavern and his heroic deed solidified their decision: The Wizard was indeed worthy of the honor. They escorted the Wizard into the treasure chamber — and that’s all we know for sure. The Wizard later exited the cave and returned to his kingdom. Whenever people asked what the treasure was he would only reply, “It was the greatest treasure of all,” and never a word more.

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. IX

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. IX
Alex Hinders, 2011.
Colored pencil and pen.

A battle between two well-trained mages is both a terrible and spectacular thing to behold; it can also be a beautiful thing. However, it is not a beautiful thing in the same way as flowers or laughter, but rather in the way the saddest ballads and moments of parting can contain a sorrowful kind of beauty. Here are two wizards drawing power from the natural elements of the Earth and from the mysterious fabric of reality — their conflict has surpassed a petty skirmish and actually warps the world around them. Their battle does not last long — The Warlock knows of the Wizard’s true strength all too well — and the Warlock vanishes into a pool of rippling dark water.

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. VIII

The Wizard was shocked to discover that The Warlock — an old adversary — was not only in the magical cave but was threatening the Watchlings. It seemed that he had also heard about the great treasure and had assumed that it must be some sort of great weapon. The Wizard tried to reason with the Warlock and implored his old foe to stop tormenting the denizens of the cavern; The Warlock would not allow for a peaceful solution. For the good of the cave and all the creatures that lived within, the Wizard prepared himself for battle.

 

 

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. VII

The mysterious Witch led the Wizard into a palace filled with butterfly-like faeries; she then revealed her true form as the Fairy Queen. The natural wonder that the Wizard held for the world impressed her and she decided to tell him a secret. She said that The Watchers and the Watchlings were beings that looked over the cave’s treasure and from the moment the Wizard had stepped foot in the cavern they had been judging him. Only the people they deemed worthy would ever be able to enter the secret treasure room. The Fairy Queen did not know what exactly the Watchers were looking for in a person but she wished the Wizard luck as he continued on his journey.

 

 

 

 

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. VI


The Wizard Sequence, Pt. VI
Alex Hinders. 2011.
Colored pencils and pen.

All forward progress was halted when the Wizard came across a massive underground lake. While the Wizard was indeed capable of swimming he wasn’t sure if he had the endurance to make it all the way to the other side — and this being a magic cave there was no telling how great a distance that would be. As he stood there pondering, he was approached by a mysterious witch. This Witch asked him if he needed a ride across the body of water, to which he gladly accepted. A gigantic turtle rose with a serpentine neck rose from the waters and ushered the two magi aboard. As they made their way across the lake the Witch said very little and the Wizard silently reflected back on all of the wonderful creatures he had met on his journey thus far.

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. V

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. V
Alex Hinders. 2011.
Colored pencil and pen.

Further along, a the Wizard’s path became blocked by a phoenix. When the Wizard tried to take a step to the left the Phoenix took one as well; when the Wizard took a step to the right the Phoenix did the same. While at first the Wizard worried that the phoenix was angry, it slowly dawned on him that the phoenix was being playful. So the Wizard made silly gestures and odd movements for the phoenix to mimic; the phoenix would even try to mimic anything the wizard said or sang! Eventually the phoenix lost interest in its new playmate and wandered off into some unknown portion of the cave. This exchange was observed by the mysterious Watcher and a multitude of smaller Watchlings .

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. IV


The Wizard Sequence, Pt. IV
Alex Hinders. 2011.
Colored pencils and pen.

As the Wizard walked onwards the magical cavern slowly transformed into a shining world of green crystals. Stalactites and stalagmites of green gemstone rose from the earth like beautiful green spears. This crystal was not one found in the world above-ground — any single piece would have been worth an untold fortune! But the Wizard felt that to break any portion of this fragile little world would be a sort of sin so he merely went on, taking in on the sights. The Wizard also became aware that he was being watched by a strange entity who seemed to be a natural inhabitant of the cave. This Watcher kept a curious gaze on the Wizard but made no effort to meet or speak to its foreign guest.

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. III

As mentioned in the post for the first Wizard Sequence drawing, I lost the third drawing in the series. Or maybe it never existed. But you know, I’m pretty sure it existed, because I remember thinking the fourth drawing — the one in the crystal caverns — was pretty awesome. The third drawing featured the Wizard in a cave — the Wizard was alone. There weren’t any other characters or creatures. If I ever find it I’ll color it and put it into this post.

The Wizard Sequence, Pt. II


The Wizard Sequence, Pt. II
Alex Hinders. 2011.
Colored pencils and pen.

 The Wizard quickly learned why few people ever return from the magical cavern. Just a few hours into the journey the cavern segued into a fiery chamber containing a dragon. Having studied dragons briefly, the Wizard knew that this was an ancient dragon with bad eyes that could probably only detect overt movement. So The Wizard would take one small step, then pause, then take another step — and it is in this fashion that he passed through the dragon’s domain.