world-building and graphic novel in-progress

Bonus images/information

Sketch – Root Veggie Gnome

Sketch, "Root Veggie Gnome," Tock the Gnome

Looks like some pre-Steampunk Gnomish fashion.


Sketch – Tock and the Unicorn

Sketch, "Tock and the Unicorn," Tock the Gnome

Really really really not canon (yet, anyway), and not sure where this came from. But yes.


Sketch – Rapunzel

Sketch, "Rapunzel," Tock the Gnome

Remember how I said that certain fairy tales, as we know them, will be showing up in Tock’s story too?

I couldn’t leave this one out. She’s my favorite, after all.


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Sketch – Huh

Sketch, "Huh," Tock the Gnome


Sketch – Tockverse women 1

 

Minor Spoilers for “The Rescue Quest” follow!!!

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Sketch, "Tockverse women 1"

 

An old old old sketch of four of the Tock the Gnome races, as ladies, that is. Clockwise from the front – Gnome, Brogh (as first featured here), Orc and Dwarf.

Will likely be doing another of these once more information gets revealed.


Sketch – Impressions

 

Minor “Rescue Quest” spoilers follow!!!

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.Sketch, "Impressions," Tock the Gnome

 

Another Brogh (badger person) as introduced in design work before, but a Honey Badger one this time :D

This was inspired by Ursula Vernon’s recent Honey Badger work, by the way, which got me thinking that if things were more…..peaceful between the Brogh and the Orcs, that Orcs would be quite impressed by Honey Badger warriors in particular.

Mind you, she’s not disturbed by the bloody organ in front of her. She eats those for breakfast. She is just put off by having said offering right in her face, in the hands of a potential enemy, no less.


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!


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