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
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
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.)
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
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.
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
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
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.)
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).
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”:
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:
(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.
Remember all those times I said exciting things were coming and I promised all the delays and hiatuses would be worth it?
This is the moment all that officially starts.
(Or in other words, if its not obvious what’s happening here, I’m not doing my job right.)