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Sketch – Whoops

Sketch, "Whoops," Tock the Gnome

 

With most of the Orcish widow there beneath them, since they were drawn on the same page.

Also, intended this Gnome’s love to be a Dwarf, so I’m not sure why they’d be wearing a Gnomish hat. Hmm.


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Sketch – Orcish widow

Sketch, "Orcish widow," Tock the Gnome


Sketch – Orc with Magic

This is 1000% not canon! Just so you know.

Sketch, "Orc with Magic," Tock the Gnome

Mostly this is what happens if I watch Magical Girl stuff in an Orcish mood.


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Sketch – Tock Conflicted

Sketch, "Tock Conflicted," Tock the Gnome


Design work – Tock’s dress

Tock design 2, "Tock the Gnome"

The original sketch I did of Tock’s most recent outfit. Still my favorite <3


Sketch – Snow and Bear

Sketch, "Snow and Bear," Tock the Gnome

Reference to a couple other pieces I’ve posted – this and this too.

I might as well say now that traditional fairy tales, I mean the ones we know as humans, are going to be referenced in Tock’s story from time to time. So this is a part of that (though I’ll not say which ones).


Sketch – Three Women

Slight “Rescue Quest” Spoilers follow!

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Sketch, "Three Women," pencil and ink, "Tock the Gnome"

Chibi-style sketch of three ladies from Tock’s world – a Gnome in the middle (of course), an Orc to her left and a Brogh to her right.

The Brogh haven’t been introduced yet, as they’re another race of the Lowlands that the Gnomes don’t know much about – even less than they know about Orcs, in fact – but as you can see here, they’re a race of badger people. They also have a lot of magic, and a very strong connection to nature. This will be very important eventually.

 


“Crashing the Ball,” illustration

"Crashing the Ball," ink and colored pencil, Tock the Gnome

Finished up this sketch :) Also neglected to mention in the sketch description that, apparently, Bumble counts down from high numbers when he’s stressed. As usual, Tock doesn’t notice.

And again, I hope to write something to go with this, so you might see it updated in the future.

Oh, and a Blessed Beltane/May Day, everyone <3


Sketch – Quiet moment

"Quiet moment" Tock the Gnome, sketch

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!


Page 50

"Tock the Gnome," page 50

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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.


Bonus art – Dance Lesson

"Dance Lesson," linework, "Tock the Gnome"

 

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.


On reality and updates

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.


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This is just a …

This is just a quick “thank you” to the new readers that I’ve gained recently, and of course, to everyone who’s been with me from earlier on. I am grateful for each and every one of you :)

Also, side note: Monday’s update will be a sketch since I have commissions to work on this week and I’ll be out of town for the weekend, but page 40 should be up the Monday after that (the 29th).

So again, thanks! You all are fantastic.


An Update on Computer Issues

Seeing as I haven’t posted much of anything since March 26th – when I announced I was having computer issues – I figured a bit of an explanation is in order.

As of last week, the guy I took my computer to had pretty much given up on getting it fixed. Instead, he wanted to get the computer back to me so I’d at least be able to hook up an external monitor and use it that way. However, to add insult to injury, he had a power outage while my computer was plugged in, which corrupted Windows.

As of last night, he was working on moving all of my files over to another hard drive, to then reinstall Windows and transfer them back. I asked him to let me know as soon as he’s done fixing that (since it was HIS fault), and then I’ll hopefully be picking it up, still broken as it is, by the end of this week.

At that point, I will be taking it ELSEWHERE to be fixed for real.

Thanks to everyone for your patience in this, especially since this happened right after I came back from hiatus and has prevented updates AGAIN. We’ll be back to regularly scheduled updates – including the next page, which is already done – the moment I get my computer back and can get things scanned.


Special commission offer at Rachelillustrates.com

If you’re interested, I’m now offering $7 Sketch commissions! Details are here.

The example image relates to “Tock the Gnome,” by the way. Please take a look if you can :)


Sketch – rejected Tock design


Sketch – Tock at the Beach

I’m going to be off on vacation for the next two weeks, so here’s the first of two summer-themed bonus sketches.

Regular page updates resume August 29th.


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