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.)
Hot off the presses, but still officially the last page of 2012
Have a great, and safe, New Year’s!
(Note: You also might notice that the Orc’s hair is a bit different now. I found the white linework in it, as originally seen in page 42, waaaaaaaaaaay too distracting. So that page will be updated later this week as well.)
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.
I hope you all have a great, and safe, rest of the holiday season!
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
Fun fact! Bumble is one of those people who only gets religious when he’s in mortal peril.
Not the one we just met, of course. But in keeping with upcoming things.
And here it finally is.
Also, I made the file a bit bigger than usual, in order to make Bumble’s speech bubble legible. In case it isn’t though, he’s saying “Oh, all my rusted gearsprings.”
And as long as this size shows up okay, I’ll be keeping them this large from now on.