Only two more to go, ya maggots!
Another day, another Orc, AND time for another patrons-only world building post, dear “Tock the Gnome” readers!
(Unexpectedly, since I didn’t think inspiration was gonna strike after all the stress of this week, but now that our Mister is safely home it seems any creative hurdles are jumped, for now *knock on wood* ).
This week – with help from my amazing Wife – we are looking at another being of the Lowland forests and their relationship to the Orcs.
Another drawn-on-a-post-it-while-on-hold-with-the-vet-and-in-total-pet-parent-panic entry. Though I do love her confidence and her hair. In “Tock the Gnome” style once more, I feel like she’s some kind of clan matron.
Also, speaking of our kitty Mister Orpheus – he is home as I’m typing this!
That said, he’s going to require a lot of after-care and that may mean further delays to Orctober progress (and maybe even the start of Gnomevember). I will be posting something for “Tock the Gnome” World Building Wednesday tomorrow, jut not a full post (more of self-indulgent fun than actual world building, honestly) and I do plan on trying to have a bonus page of the comic posted for Samhain along with that full moon’s Webtoon episode update……. but we’ll see. I am very, very thankful for all the well-wishes, prayers and workings that have been given to and done for him. We truly know the best people – I send you all the biggest virtual hugs, if wanted, and I promise to reward the Love with lovely Faerie art as soon as/as regularly as I can.
Take care of yourselves and each other today, okay? ❤
Sunday Gnomedays with a new page of “Tock the Gnome” 💗
“Tock the Gnome: The Rescue Quest” is about a Gnome woman named Tock, who lives in a Steampunk culture in a high fantasy world. Driven by a Fairy Tale about a trapped Elven princess on a floating island, she convinces her friend Bumble – an airship pilot – to join her quest to rescue her. They hire extra firepower from unfamiliar lands, and together they seek the island and the princess. But what they seek may not be quite what they expected…
Contains queer characters and romance, size-positivity, Faerie, spiritual magic, conundrums and tomfoolery.
A little bit of catchup 💫 (though technically I am not behind yet, since I had two days where I posted two Orcs in one drawing *fistbumps self*)
It has been a very stressful week, one of our kitties has been very ill since Tuesday BUT has started to improve in the last couple of days, so I’m letting myself be a little hopeful and catch up a bit on posting (that means a new page of “Tock the Gnome” will be up for “Sunday Gnomedays” tomorrow, too, dear readers!). I feel like this Orc is channeling that release, a bit, through that hag stone and into the stars.
Very grateful for the patience of all who follow my work, for all the well wishes we’ve received for our Mister Orpheus, and above all grateful that he is still with us 😽💕 If you’re a pet parent too, give your furbabies an extra hug for me tonight, okay?
More! 🙌Orctober! 🙌 And time for another patrons-only world building post, dear readers!
One of the challenges I set myself for this self-declaredly-casual drawing event was to create another original Orc – while technically that’s already true of all Orcs that aren’t based on existing characters in “Tock the Gnome” or other stories/franchises, my intent was to go further than that. I really liked drawing the Orc from day twelve, so today, let’s have a bit more on her!
ALSO, important personal note: I am facing a potential loss in my personal life and may have to pause all progress on Orctober, page posting, etc. in the upcoming days. I will post more if/when possible, but if there is sudden radio silence, please don’t worry. I’ll be back as soon as I can, and if this impacts patron bonuses I will pause all charging for next month. Thank you all 💗
More Onna and butterfly imagery 🦋 Drawn earlier this month, but poignant for me today because I just found out that The Powers That Be cancelled “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” (…..this is technically old news by now, but I am less than great at keeping up on things, and I forgive myself).
Anyway, the posting of this is not to say that Onna, or Orcs in general, have anything specific to do with Thra or any of its inhabitants, of course.
For me, this drawing resonates the hope that that series, and all Dark Crystal Story, always makes me feel, and whenever a Faerie story is left unfinished (as Dark Crystal absolutely is, on both counts) it is a sadness for all Faerie Story.
BUT, again – I have to believe that if the fae want this story finished, it WILL get finished. They are far more powerful than any of us. And the Henson company has said that they’re looking into other avenues to continue it (whether that means taking it to a different network, or maybe continuing it in comic format? Fingers crossed).
So anyway, I’m glad I’m posting this drawing today in the face of that heart-cracking disappointment. I hope, from the bottom of my faerie heart, that we’ll get to see what happens to those characters and that section of Thra’s history, somehow.
And if you haven’t seen it, I do still recommend watching it, and reading the companion/prequel comic series that is finishing up this month.
They are married adventurers on their second honeymoon (note the ring on the Gnome and the nose ring on the Orc , in the style of “Tock the Gnome!”). My own wedding anniversary is coming up, so I am feeling smooshy 💚
And speaking of Sunday Gnomedays, make sure to check out the newly formed Council of Gnomes on Instagram for more Gnome art and content!
I’m featured there today 🤗💕