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Promo – World Building Wednesday 74

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Time for another patrons-only world building post, dear readers!

This week we’re looking at the place legends and “fairy” tales hold in Tock’s world, especially in Gnomish culture – with a specific humanly-popular Fairy Tale as an example!

 Click here for the full post 🍎💀🧚🏽‍♀️💕

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Bonus art – Dance Lessons II

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A redraw of a previous illustration (with a bit more emotion since my own shipping has increased. Oh dear ;D ).

As noted before – while I’m working on correcting the Orcish tent issue on previous pages (which takes a lot of tracing/redrawing work I can’t just sit down and do without setting up a specific work station), I’ve been using my daily Tock Time* to finish up some bonus illustrations – which will be available as prints, in interest of my upcoming presence at Gears to Corsets, September 27th to 29th!

So here’s the second of those, featuring Tock and Onna, in their affectionate future.

….*slowly turns up the volume on “Toki ni Ai wa” and walks away*

Available as a 5×7 inch print!! Click here! 

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*For those of you who don’t know, because of my busy schedule, daily “Tock Time” means at least 15 minutes a day working on the newest page of the comic. Since I work traditionally, this usually means just sitting down with pencils pen and paper and physically creating each page. However, things have been different lately, due to the reasons listed above.


Promo – World Building Wednesday

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Time for another patrons-only world building post, dear readers!
Today, we’re taking another look at what I’ve called “The Chances,” inspired by this quote from The Sidhe: Wisdom from the Celtic Otherworld, by John Matthews

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Promo – World Building Wednesday 57

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Time for another patrons-only world building post, dear readers! This week with extra art 😀
Today we have a little bit of character backstory instead of strict world building – though clearly Tock and Onna are drawn to each other, they have indeed loved before.  So here’s a little bit about their individual, pre-Quest romantic history. 

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Promo – World Building Wednesday 48

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Time for another (usually) patrons-only world building post, dear readers!

This week we’re looking at the relationship, at least in some mythologies, between two of the Gnomish pantheon’s most prominent Goddesses….

Click here for the full post – free to read for all as part of this month’s Open House!

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Tock has some confusion.

Thanks for your patience with updates, too -if the slow updates bother you, keep in mind that we’re getting closer to my first goal on Patreon, $50 monthly, which means I would guarantee a new page each month!! So if you’re not pledging yet but enjoy reading Tock’s story, please do consider signing up!

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‘Tock Daydreams,’ and Happy Lesbian Visibility Day!

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Finally got this done!!! It will actually be featured as the cover for issue 2, BUT I couldn’t resist sharing it today, in honor of Lesbian Visibility Day ❤

So, a special shoutout to all my fellow queer lady-loving-ladyfolks. It’s been some time since I came out, but I continue to be grateful for my journey and all parts of my identity, including this one. When I was growing up in the 90’s, it was a lot more dangerous to be openly myself. I stayed closeted for a while, and then only opened up to select people as I felt necessary. And only when I felt safe. That got better as time went on – as I found a community of other LGBTQ+ people, as I fell in love and gradually became more accepted by my family and other people in my general communities (thank the Gods that we are   e v e r y w h e r e ).

That said, there is still  M U C H  progress to be made. I feel like my culture pretty well accepts cisgender gay men and lesbians who fit into it’s accepted heterosexual “norm” (find one person, get married, have babies), but genderqueer visibility, nonbinary visibility, trans visibility, pansexual visibility, asexual visibility, etc. etc. etc. is just beginning to be addressed, let alone respected. And even though I feel safer in general, there are still SO many places in my country and the world where it’s still not “okay” to show my own love openly.

We are still worlds away from the constant fear I felt about my sexuality when I was first figuring it out, so on this day I can’t help but be grateful for the progress we HAVE made – and hopeful for even more. Safety and visibility for ALL people sooner and sooner.

(And don’t forget – less than one week left to preorder issue 2!!)

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Issue 2 preorder!!! <3

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Announcing preorder availability for “Tock the Gnome: The Rescue Quest” printed issue 2!!

As with issue 1, this second issue will feature existing pages of the comic (pages 25 to 57, a total of 33 pages) with new cover art and written, illustrated bonus scenes that will not be available anywhere else.

Ever wonder what Tock and Bumble’s first couple of days cohabitating on the Bucket were like?

How about the life and fate of the bird that attacked them?

And what about the argument Onna was recalling before she ambushed them?

Answers to those questions, with exclusive art, will be available in this issue!

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All preorders will be available at a discounted rate – $8 instead of $10 – and come with an exclusive, personalized sketch inside the cover. Available now through May 1st, with issues shipping by May 5th!

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Click here to get your copy!

Printed copies of issue 1 available here now! ~ Issue 1 also available digitally here.

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Orctober 29 and 30

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Day 29, “Skull”

(Almost drew her making a kissy-face at it, but I think this came out even better.)

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Day 30, “Rest”

Featuring Onna and Tock once again (though I’m sure they’ll get plenty of attention during Gnomevember 💕). Felt like this was a good lead up to the coming Gnome-focused challenge – and those of you following the comic will hopefully appreciate this moment of schmoop ….since they’re taking their time to get there ^^;

One day more!!!

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Tock is Pride

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Happy Pride month, everyone!
(And an extra happy JuneFae too – as the fae surely believe that Love is Love ❤ May Tock and Onna be a shining example of that.)

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Important cultural conversation time!

A note about design changes:

As they appear on this and the following pages, the Orcs’ dwellings are completely culturally appropriated from Mongolian culture. I was not as socially aware when I started this part of the story as I am now, and I am truly sorry for having done this. I have since redesigned the Orcs’ tents and will be reposting these pages with updated panels as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the artwork for those updated panels is viewable here.

Design process for the new tents is viewable here, here and here.

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All content © Rachel Terwilliger. Also on Patreon.  patreon_navigation_logo_mini_orange


Sketch – Arella and Strahl kiss

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So, clearly, productivity has been really low this month due to other projects – but I can say that page 79 is very close to done (inkwork viewable here / pencilwork viewable here) and this month’s Patreon Ranger Bonus sketch is on its way.

I’ve been really feeling this part of the world’s backstory lately, so here’s something else about these two in the meantime!

(Also, I’m sure kisses like this will come up again in the comic, and I hadn’t figured out how to draw them yet, so yay for this having come out well! And I had originally planned to draw something else up in the right corner/side, but I actually like how they look with all that space pressing around them.)

More bonuses, backstory content and full comic available at Patreon! (Comic itself is free to read anytime – click here to start ❤ )

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All content © Rachel Terwilliger.


Bonus art – “Only Natural”

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“I want to live like animals
Careless and free like animals
I want to live
I want to run through the jungle
The wind in my hair and the sand at my feet”

– Savage Garden, “The Animal Song”

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Happy Pride Month everybody! This was done for a project/kinda-contest over at deviantART, where I have done much much much of my networking and fanbase-building over the years. I am very grateful for all the acceptance I’ve found and the friendships I’ve built there, and though nothing’s ever perfect, that site has been a haven for me during many frustrating “real life” art conflicts. So, despite the usual life/comic/commission busy-ness, I had to join in the celebration!

(Also, selected submissions will be featured in a new Pride Flag widget on the website, so cross your fingers for me!)

The submissions had to be centered around one of the Pride flag’s colors and the meaning of that color. Of course, I had to pick green (for nature), and it had to be Tock and Onna ❤

(By the way, I hope none of you think this is a big big spoiler – I have intended this attraction to be obvious from the start. I promise there will be lots of fun story goodness in watching this play out against Tock’s quest. Ohohoho.)

This was inspired by the same-sex relationships found in nature. I wanted to do something a bit different though, so I chose lesbian does, gay male goldfinches, and non-binary pangolins (because….pangolins). And Tock and Onna together as a queer representation of Faerie.

Thank you all for continuing to stick with the comic – Tock and Onna and Bumble and all of their magical, messed-up world. If you’re celebrating this month, I send you SUCH love and I hope you have a fantastic time being truly you!
And again, thanks dA, for being a place for me to express my big gay self for so many years, now.


“My Own Fairy Story”

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Available as a 5×7″ print on Etsy! 
A sketch I did a little while back for fun, finished up per request! Very grateful to have gotten to do more work on it. Shoujo moments are super beautiful and fun.

For context, check out the archives! Also, bonus art and content always available on Patreon patreon_navigation_logo_mini_orange


Glimpse – At Boundary Market

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Part of the gift I drew for my wife for this lovely Valentine’s Day<3

A Tockverse Gnome and Tockverse Dwarf sharing a sweet kiss. The rest of the piece is about the gems and minerals market where Gnomes and Dwarves have the vast majority of their interaction, and why that is. But that’s a tale for another time.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! May we all be grateful for the Love in our lives, whatever forms it takes.

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All content © Rachel Terwilliger.


Sketch – Warming Up

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The Front Page drawing in my newest sketchbook. I do something fun for myself on each first page, accompanied usually by a heartening quote.
Gotta keep ourselves inspired, after all ❤
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All content © Rachel Terwilliger

Gnomevember day 19

Prompt – Faerie Tale (and bonus sketch!). 
Featuring a mashup of two classic fairy tales that have been featured in bonus material here before. Do you know which ones? ❤

Full prompt list linked in the About tab above.


Gnomevember day 16

Prompt – Favorite Era ! (Anybody surprised? If you’re reading the comic, you should have seen this coming ❤ )
Full prompt list linked at the About tab above.


Patreon Preview Number 4

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More bonus art and information available over at the Tock the Gnome Patreon page!

This time featuring pencil work on the new site header, a bonus illustration with prose about something special Onna has within her (be curious!) and a comicy sketch of Tock talking about one of her ex’s.

If you like Tock story so far, please consider contributing! All support is appreciated ~~~<3


Sketch – Snow and Bear

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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).

All content © Rachel Marsh. Do not use, alter or redistribute without permission.


Bonus art – Dance Lesson

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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 ❤

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.

All content © Rachel Marsh. Do not use, alter or redistribute without permission.


A little something while we wait

Hi everyone!

Since this  hiatus is taking a bit longer than I’d hoped, I put up a poll on my deviantART page recently, asking if anyone would be interested in seeing something special as a bonus until the next page is done. Most everyone voted yes (thank you!), so here that is.

NOTE: the following image contains very slight spoilers, for the setup of the world itself (not the overarching plot).

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I did this illustration a while back in order to get out of an art slump, and held off on posting it then in interest of showing it to you waaaaaay later, but you are all amazing for hanging in there and waiting so long  for new pages, so here it is now!

These women are versions of specific characters from two popular fairy tales (well, one more popular than the other, but I don’t want to give too much away). That’s all I can say for now, except to mention that they will be referenced later in Tock’s story.

Thank you all again for your patience. I hope to be back to regular updates within a month.

All content © Rachel Marsh. Do not use, alter or redistribute without permission.


Bonus art – Gnome/Dwarf lovin’

So these are not characters who will actually appear in the story per se (and please excuse the bumps in the paper from the scan). I drew this for my amazing girlfriend (and co-creator of Tock’s story) recently and wanted to share.

These two are actually based on a couple of our toons from WoW, drawn as if they existed in Tock’s world. I imagine the Gnome woman is a soldier in the Queen’s army (the jacket should look familiar), and the Dwarven woman is a rogueish individual involved in a kind of black-market trading (due to a certain level of strictness in Dwarven culture – more on that some other time).

This should be the last piece of bonus art before page updates resume! Thanks again for your patience, and for reading 🙂

All content © Rachel Marsh. Do not use, alter or redistribute without permission.


Bonus art – Nosebump

Two Gnome women bumping noses, indicating their romantic interest in one another.

In Gnomish courtship, bumping noses is the step before – and just as serious – as the first kiss. Its often used to clarify intentions, if the two involved were friends first. Touching noses is also sometimes a greeting between family members, but obviously in a different context and with different weight.

All content © Rachel Marsh. Do not use, alter or redistribute without permission.