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 :)
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.
This is not exactly canon, but I feel like something like this is inevitable.
Oh, Tock and Bumble.
Remember this lineart? Well, finished it up.
Things are changing, yes, but I’m still very excited to see what happens with these two.
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 :)
Well, immediate family, that is.
Planning on adding a little color to this, but that hasn’t happened quite yet. Eventually.
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 :)
Happy new year, everyone :)
Also, still watermarking the pages now, and I didn’t do as much editing post-scan on this one. Please let me know if looks different in a bad way. And of course, thank you for reading.
Just a quick wish for a happy holiday season, to you and yours, whatever you celebrate :)
Thanks for reading. Hoping to end the year with Page 51, and fingers crossed for a more productive 2014.
Another little something in the meantime.
The as-not-yet-identified Orc lady Tock and Bumble have just encountered, looking peaceful….but really more of an excuse for me to draw her hair :D
More finalized work will be coming once I can focus on pages again, so hopefully soon. I’ve also been doing some character development in-between commission work lately, world-building, and brainstorming plans for the first published book. So even though I haven’t been able to post much or update the comic itself, things are still in the works, and thanks to all of you who are still keeping an eye out here!
Soooooo still working on updates, but in the meantime, here’s an ancient sketch of our heroine and her newly-acquired-and-hopefully-obvious love interest:
(I feel I’ve come a ways in terms of Orc Lady’s character design. And yes, she has a name, we’ll get there soon.)
Hi everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for your interest in my work, particularly this comic.
Below is a screencap of WordPress’s activity tracker for this site, in terms of visits, for this past year. I know I haven’t been posting a lot these last few months, but I’m still very flattered that so many people have taken a look at Tock and her story, and at how widespread those visits have been.
I’ve been catching up on other paid work recently, and still dealing with life-stuff, but big things are in the works. I hope to have another update soon, with hopefully some sketchwork or notes even sooner. I’m also currently working on a plan for the first published volume, which will start happening once I get to a certain point in the story (which is a bunch more pages from now, but still). It may not always look like it, but this comic is still very important to me, and I hope to make something from it that really speaks to people.
So again, all of my thanks. Hope you’ll see more here soon :)
A sketch I started a while ago, and just finished up, of Bumble’s immediate family (minus Tock). Lots of menfolk involved in Sprizzenfritz Airships, looks like….
Finally back to working on pages again :)
Also trying out a little something new – putting watermarks on the pages. Please let me know if its distracting/bothersome/etc.
Also also, for those of you reading from New York State, I’ll be attending the New York Faerie Festival tomorrow afternoon. Not as a vendor, just for fun. But still, if you see me there, feel free to say hi.
And thanks, as always, for reading.
Hello dear readers, this is just a quick note to say that I’ve made progress on the next page, AND I’ve been posting said progress on my Tumblr.
So if you’d like to see how its coming along so far, please take a look there! And in any case, I plan to have Page 50 finished and posted here very soon.
Thank you all for sticking with me, I hope you like what’s coming :)
Another random something while I’m waiting to be able to work on pages again.
Fun fact! The world of Tock’s story is set in originally developed out of some
assuredly godawful Sailor Moon fanfiction I wrote in middle/high school.
Luckily, it evolved into something way more complex.
But Sailor Moon was my first anime, and I loved it, so I still get random bouts of nostalgia every now and then. This happened during one of those.
No new pages yet, but to mark the day, I’m posting this in-progress piece of a certain Orc and a certain Gnome sharing a dance <3
This will be finished with simple color in the style of the comic pages eventually. And hopefully I’ll have something more to post soon. Thanks, as always, for reading.
ANNOUNCEMENT: For personal reasons, I will be switching back to a random update schedule until further notice.
I wish this were avoidable, but I’m going through a difficult time right now and I need to focus on getting certain parts of my life in order before I can give this comic the attention it deserves.
I also need to catch up on donation commissions, as I advertised a few weeks ago. In the meantime, I will still be posting information and bonus sketches and such when I can, but not on any planned schedule.
Hopefully this period of minor chaos won’t last too long. Thank you for your patience in the meantime. If you want any further information, please contact me here or via the Tock the Gnome Facebook page. And if you’re interested, I am still accepting donations with repayment (from me) in art, so please click the link in the above paragraph if you’re curious about that.
So yes, I’ll post what I can when I can, and plan on another announcement as soon as I’m sure I can be back to regular updates. Thanks, always, for reading.
So this isn’t for sale (if there ever is Tock jewelry for sale, trust me, you’ll know), but my amazing, amazing fiancee made some Tock-inspired jewelry for me this past Valentine’s Day and I wanted to share <3
Also, yup, that’s me. Hullo.
Next page next week.
This is one of those moments where I’m sure, if logic prevailed, Bumble would try to have Tock committed.
There’s very little chance Page 49 will be up on time tomorrow, due to other claims on my time (as usual). The pencil work is done, though, and the ink work is just started, so I expect to have it up by Wednesday instead.
For your patience, though, here’s a preview of the first panel : )
Just before my recent troubles, I went through a random Western-kick, so I ended up drawing this (I’d attempted this idea before, but not as successfully).
On that note, thanks to the generosity of several people, I do have supplies again, so I should be back to regular updates next week! Thanks to anyone who saw my post last week about donations and helped me out, and thanks as always for reading :)
There will be no usual update this week, as I’m having certain problems at home that needed attention.
Instead, if you can, I ask that you take a look at something over on my main art site.
The problems I’ve mentioned are of the financial variety – to the point that I’m having a lot of trouble paying bills, including heat and rent – so I’ve put out a call for donations. If you choose to donate, you will be “repaid” in art.
Thanks as always to all of you for reading. There will be an actual Tock-related update, even if its not a full page, next week.
Fun fact: I keep the original copies of each page in an Itoya portfolio, and as of this page, I’ve finally filled one up :)