Getting much closer to actually being able to mention the Orc Lady’s name, thank goodness.
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 :)
Looks like some pre-Steampunk Gnomish fashion.
Really really really not canon (yet, anyway), and not sure where this came from. But yes.
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.
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.
Minor Spoilers for “The Rescue Quest” follow!!!
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.
This is 1000% not canon! Just so you know.
Mostly this is what happens if I watch Magical Girl stuff in an Orcish mood.
Minor “Rescue Quest” spoilers follow!!!
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.
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.
The original sketch I did of Tock’s most recent outfit. Still my favorite <3
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).
Slight “Rescue Quest” Spoilers follow!
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.
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 :)
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
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 :)
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.
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 :)