world-building and graphic novel in-progress

Bonus images/information

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.


Happy Holidays

Happy holidays from Tock and her crew!

 

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.


Sketch – Tock and the Orc Lady

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:

Pretty sure this was done in pen on scrap paper at a job I had at least 3 years ago now.

(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.)


Sketch – The Sprizzenfritz Family

Bumble's blood relations

 

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….


Sketch – Sailor Tock

Sketch, "Sailor Tock," "Tock the Gnome."

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.


“Tock the Gnome” jewelry :)

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

 

Look at this!  And this!  And this!  And this!  And that's me wearing it. Hullo.

 

Also, yup, that’s me. Hullo.

Next page next week.


Page 49 preview

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 : )

Page 49 preview, "Tock the Gnome"


Sketch – Gnomish bonnet

"Gnome bonnet," pencil sketch, "Tock the Gnome"

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 :)


Sketch – Newlyweds

"Newlyweds," Tock's parents, "Tock the Gnome"

Confession time: The reason page 46 was a week late was because all my creative time that week went to a different project.

That project was something with which to propose marriage to my girlfriend of 9 years.

I had also drawn this to post as the filler piece that week (instead of the sketch I ended up posting), but life intervened and I ended up having to push my plans back.

But I’ve now asked her, and she said yes <3 So here this is finally too.

(If you don’t remember from before, these are Tock’s parents.)


Linework - "Tock with Faerie"

Further work on this sketch. I hope to get this made into stickers (to sell and/or as part of a Kickstarter campaign, I’m still brainstorming on that front).


Sketch – Eleanore and Tock’s Mother

My creative energies and time these past couple of weeks had to go to other things, so Page 46 will be up next Monday instead.

Instead, here’s something happening “off-screen”:

"Tock the Gnome" sketch, Eleanore and Tock's mother

Tock’s mother, as seen before here, questioning Tock’s friend Eleanore, as seen here, after she finds her gone.


Sketchy notes – pages 36 to 45

Here’s something for those of you interested in how the story gets written.

The meeting of characters that we’ve seen in the last few pages was originally supposed to take place in a tavern. Tock and Bumble were going to land The Bucket without any problems, walk into the Orc settlement they’d chosen without too much hassle, and find a much more settled people than it turns out my Orcs are going to be like. Entering a combination tavern/general store (…yeah, I know), Bumble was going to head off to barter the goods they brought with them while Tock gathered information. So she would have been alone when the events of Page 45 took place. Well, except for the other Orcs in the establishment too.

Then this happened in my sketchbook, and that idea got thrown out the window:

Notes, sort of, for the last 10 pages.

 

(Yes, that’s how my handwriting actually looks. And certain names have been smudged around a bit, to avoid minor spoilers.)

Usually pages get planned out a bit more organized-like than this, but apparently the creative process had a different idea for this part of the story. At least on the most basic planning level.


Holiday update plans

Leave it to Tock to carry around her own mistletoe...

 

Tomorrow was supposed to be a page day, but the holidays have intervened, and I’ll be out of town before I can get the next page done. So above is a consolation Tock pin-up with some seasonal flair. Page 44 will be up on Monday December 31st, making Page 45 the first page of the new year (which works perfect, btw).

Thanks to all of you for following this story of mine. I appreciate every one of you :)

And below, if you like spoilers, is a little preview of the very next panel.

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Page 44, panel 1, pencil work

 

I hope you all have a great, and safe, rest of the holiday season!


Sketch – Chibi style research, Tock style

What the comic might look like if I amped up the cute.

Those of you who don’t follow my other art work might not know that I am a huge, huge fangirl (I promise this relates, so bear with me).

Over the past month or so, I’ve gotten sucked into a new fandom which has a lot of fanart in “chibi” style. I haven’t drawn chibi’s in a long time – probably because your average chibi  is really close in proportion to Gnomes. But because of my fangirling, I wanted to try my hand at them again, so this is me trying to figure out how a chibi-style would work taking different races’ proportions into account.

Here we have, then, a hypothetical Elf, a Dwarf, and a Gnome, all chibi-fied. Do not take any of this as canon, I was just having a bit of fun :)


Sketch – Bored Orc Woman

"Tock the Gnome" sketch, Bored Orc Woman

Not the one we just met, of course. But in keeping with upcoming things.


Sketch – Tock being pretty

Life has interfered with comic-drawing time this week, so things haven’t gone as planned, exactly. I really want to make sure I get the next page right because of reasons, so instead of rushing things, here’s Tock being distracting as usual:

Page 42 will be up between Wednesday and Friday of next week, at the latest.


Notes/design for the trap Tock’s in

 

 

Obviously it was tweaked a bit during the process of drawing the last page, but this is what I had in mind.

Also, fun fact: originally the trap was going to grab both Tock and Bumble, but I couldn’t figure out how to make that work well enough. As it is, it works better for the story, anyway.

(You’ll see what I mean in about 3 pages.)


Sketch – Unfinished Tock pin-up

Still working on page 41, so here’s an unfinished pin-up in the meantime:

 


Sketch – The House of White

More of one of the characters from this earlier bonus piece, with two other characters from her own story.

Again, what’s going on here will connect to Tock’s story eventually too, so I hope you keep them in mind.


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