Something I sketched up this week while trying to get over some blockage. I will be vending at a Gnome & Fairy Festival this October, and offering free coloring pages, so I hope to get this inked up in time for that too.
I’ve been doing a very slow read/study of Brian Froud’s books over the last few years, and recently finished his famous work with Alan Lee,, “Faeries.” I enjoyed it very much, of course, but the quote above comes from a page near the back of the book – and it, of course, struck me hard. The information preceding it seems to imply that they’re talking about archeological finds in which tiny humanoid skeletons were discovered, but they identifed them as Gnomes and decided that for the purposes of their book, they do not exist.
What? No. Nope. No no no.
So here is Tock, in defiance. I still adore and respect both Misters Froud and Lee, but strongly disagree with them. Tock, and other Gnomes, will ever be important in my Faerie work. And from and even more personal standpoint, I feel that Gnomes are True
Art © Rachel Terwilliger. Quote © Froud and Lee.
Finished version of the sketch/piece I’d been working on while I’m taking a break from page production (also posted at my main art site with more info about why I posted it that day).
Page production resumes this evening❤
So firstly, thank you to everyone who gave me feedback about my recent thoughts on publication for “Tock the Gnome,” and also to everyone who soothed my frustrations. I am very lucky to have followers like you.
After some very, very wise and welcome advice from people who have LOTS more experience than me, I am putting those plans on hold. I still hope to get published sooner rather than later, and I have a good handful of ideas for bonus material when I do publish, BUT I will not be taking the comic offline anytime soon.
I did let myself get way too emotionally involved in this idea, though, and as a result I am finding myself very burnt out and resentful. Impatience and perfectionism is just…. no.
I’m going to be taking a short break (like 30 days-ish) from making new pages, to recharge my batteries. The time that I usually use toward page creation (15 minutes a day, or more if I can spare it) will be devoted to some more lighthearted Tock work – just drawings, like the above WIP.
I will still try to post progress updates, notes, sketches, WIPs on illustrations, etc. on the Patreon page. And a month from today, work on pages themselves shall resume.
Thanks very much for your patience and for caring about Tock and her crew in the first place❤
P.S. If you’re not caught up or haven’t read it yet, now would be a great time to start!
Happy Leap Day, everyone!
Since faeries love the in-between times, what better day (and night!) to seek them out than a literal in-between time that only happens once a year?
Reimagining an old character for her role in Tock’s story, way down the line. That’s all I’ll say for now❤
Page 66 is coming along very slowly, but still, on its way.
Happy Orctober, almost over.
I was hoping to get this page fully done this month, since it’s the first official step into Orcish culture for Tock and Bumble, but alas. So here’s the layout thumbnail and some sketchy design work for a couple characters coming up.
And, one more sketch for the month of Orcish Awesomeness will be up on my main website tomorrow sometime