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Page 54

"Tock the Gnome," page 54

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Aaaaand page 54 is up sooner than I expected when I posted earlier this morning :)

Also, lots of unexpected fantasy genre activism going on here lately.

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Sketch – Tock in gown

Pencil sketch, Tock in a dream gown, "Tock the Gnome"

Page 54 should be done soon, but in the meantime, here’s something slightly suggestive in terms of an upcoming theme in the story.

If you don’t mind spoilers, you can read more about that intention/inspiration here.

Thanks, always, for reading :)

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Page 53

Page 53, "Tock the Gnome"

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Getting much closer to actually being able to mention the Orc Lady’s name, thank goodness.

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Just a quick note about where things are

Hi everyone! Thanks as always for keeping an eye out.

Page 53 is very, very nearly done. I hope to get it finished today, and posted later this week. A while ago I’d also queued some sketchwork posts, and I think they’ve all been posted now, so updates will be a little less frequent for a short time (until I can get more sketchwork done and scanned).

As far as planning goes, I do have the next 5 pages mapped out as well as a rough draft of the plot that will cover many more. The way I work, I only map out the specifics of a few pages at a time, to see how the layouts will flow togetherl. I write out the specific dialogue – like what each character is actually, specifically saying – at that point. But before that part of the process, I do write the conversation out in general as I work out where the characters are going next. And of course, I have a general idea of where the story’s going (and an endgame in mind), which may or may not manifest the way I expect.

I’ve also been drawn to brainstorm a lot lately about two races on Tock’s world that we won’t get to see for a long time, but who’s history is very important as to how Tock’s world is now…..

I guess that’s all for now, so hopefully I’ll have more to show you soon :)


Sketch – Root Veggie Gnome

Sketch, "Root Veggie Gnome," Tock the Gnome

Looks like some pre-Steampunk Gnomish fashion.

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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.

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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 – 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

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Sketch – Huh

Sketch, "Huh," Tock the Gnome

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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.

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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 – 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.

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Page 52

"Tock the Gnome: The Rescue Quest," page 52

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Another page done :)

Also, trivia time – I started this comic because, back in 2010, I wanted to submit a shorter webcomic to Crossed Genres for the membership section of their website. If I’d gotten in, I would have had to limit the story to 52 pages (one per week for a year). So if that had been the case, this page – the 52nd – would have been the last one.

While it would have been nice to have a finished comic by now, and I do struggle with getting pages done, I’m still glad where I’m at now and how much further I’m able to go with the story as it has developed.

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Sketch – Tock Conflicted

Sketch, "Tock Conflicted," Tock the Gnome

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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

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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).

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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.

 

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Just a big thank you :)

Irises outside my home :)

Hey everyone, I’ve gotten a good handful of new followers here lately, so I just wanted to say that you’re awesome, and thank you! I’m very touched to have people reading this story as it comes along.

That said, I’m hoping to have the next page finished soon – the inkwork is almost done, at this point – and I plan on getting some more sketchwork and things scheduled to post soon too.

Also, if there’s something in particular you’re interested in seeing, or have particular questions about Tock’s world, please feel free to e-mail, message or comment here!

I’m constantly exploring this world setup so I’d love to hear what you’re interested in finding out about.

All that said, thanks again, and I hope you keep enjoying it :)


“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

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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 :)

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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