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Sketch – Crashing the Ball

Pencil sketch, "Crashing the Ball, Tock the Gnome

There’s a good handful of things I’ve got laid out from Tock’s past, in terms of her previous chaos-making, and this is one of them. I plan on finishing the illustration up and writing about it…..but for now let me just say that at one point, she and her friend Eleanore (first seen here) got all fancied up and crashed a noble party – dragging Bumble along as their footman, of course.

Haven’t figured out the details, yet, but its a lot of fun :)

“Purity”

"Purity," ink and colored pencil on paper.

So this is a very personal piece about something I’m going through in real life, but somehow Tock’s the figure in it, so here she is.

I figured out a while ago (for this piece) what her coloration was going to be, since we don’t see that in the comic pages, but I’m glad this got to be the piece that showcases that for the first time.

This piece and one other will be included in an upcoming local show, if you’re interested.

Sketch – Trust

This is not exactly canon, but I feel like something like this is inevitable.

"Trust," sketchwork, "Tock the Gnome"

Oh, Tock and Bumble.

“Dance Lessons”

"Dance Lessons," illustration, "Tock the Gnome"

Remember this lineart? Well, finished it up.

Things are changing, yes, but I’m still very excited to see what happens with these two.

Sketch – Tock with Ribbons

Sketchwork, Tock with Ribbons, "Tock the Gnome"

Something I did for fun a while back. Its been suggested that I finish this up and make stickers of it, so I just might :)

Linework – Tock’s family

Tock's family, "Tock the Gnome"

Well, immediate family, that is.

Planning on adding a little color to this, but that hasn’t happened quite yet. Eventually.

Change in nature

I’ve been working on this comic for just over 3 years now (wow), and as you might have noticed, I’ve been struggling to keep any kind of a regular update schedule the whole time.

This has gotten especially difficult over the past year, due to health issues and other Real Life time demands.

I know this sounds like a comic cancellation notice, but its not. I just need to rethink how I’m going about this. Tock, Bumble, their friends and all their stories are still VERY important to me. But I need to do them justice, too.

So: From now on, “Tock the Gnome” will no longer function as a webcomic. I just can’t meet the kind of assumed schedule webcomics have to meet.

Instead, I’ll be looking at it as more of a graphic novel in-progress, and spending more time focusing on world building as well. This will, I hope, be for the best, since that will make a much more solid foundation for Tock’s story.

Updates will continue to be random, but I’ll hopefully be posting MORE of them (with the focus on world building, that is). Pages will be posted when I have time to do them – I hope to find a comfortable balance between spending time planning and spending time drawing. Luckily, some of that planning will involve sketching, so again, hopefully that means more posts. We’ll see.

IMPORTANT: This also means that some of the world building material will contain spoilers for the comic. I will tag them properly, but still. Be forewarned.

If you prefer to just watch for the pages, I’ll be posting those and canon-only illustration over on my deviantART page.

Thank you, so very much, if you choose to keep following (and for keeping an eye on this project so far). I still have big plans, and I hope to see them through, even though its happening differently than I planned when I started this site in 2010.

I hope you stick around to see what becomes of Tock and Bumble :)

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