Sunday Gnomedays 3-22-20

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Or rather, the 22nd/23rd as I transition to working overnight shifts at my day job (for the time being).

Anyhoo. Sunday Gnomedays continues despite uncertainty and fear!! 💜

I missed posting for the Spring Equinox, and I am finding myself very fascinated and oddly comforted by plague mask imagery lately.

So.

Blessed (Gnomish) Persephone, with healing, comforting lavender and three such doctors. I have to believe that She doesn’t want more of us in Her realm yet, and She is here with us.

(Also, “Tock the Gnome” fans – the coats the doctors are wearing might look familiar from bonus art. Which may say something interesting about the family history of one of the main characters. ….If I decide its canon. We shall see.)

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Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

Current Creative Status, in the face of all this fear

(understandable fear, but still.)

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(Illustration featuring the main three characters of “Tock the Gnome,” with Tock as a manifestation of my own panicked extroversion. Credit for the plague mask goes to my brilliant Wife!

Hi everyone 🌼 So as I’ve mentioned before, the massive emphasis on social distancing has led to a couple event cancellations for my art work (and layoffs at my day job). I know I’m not unique in either case, and I send the best vibes possible for us all to be okay financially AND keep creating – no matter how long this takes to be resolved.

On that note, I wanted to talk about where things are for “Tock the Gnome” and commissions.

“Tock the Gnome” page progress continues as normal – as will all Patreon bonuses for the foreseeable future. I massively appreciate everybody who is still pledging, and/but understand if that has to change. I also plan on moving forward with issue 3, but may have to make it a digital only release for now (I’m not sure if my printer is going to remain open). Any changes on my end will be announced as soon as they happen. If you have any questions anytime, please feel free to message me there or by email at rachelillustrates@yahoo.com .

Commission progress will be moving forward too, especially as I have more time at home in my studio! However, if you previously ordered something from me and find yourself unable to pay for it due to layoffs/etc. – just let me know. I understand and am happy to put things on hold. Same email, rachelillustrates@yahoo.com .

Once I get through existing commissions, I maaaaaaay be opening commission slots again. More info on that once I’m sure.

And lastly – look forward to a sale in my shop soon!! Again, no worries if you’re not able to even think about that right now, but any orders are extra super appreciated, in the face of all this uncertainty.

Thank you so much to all. Stay safe and loved, okay?

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Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

Seven Years today

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, especially to anyone who needs light and joy right now.

More personally: today, I am seven years sober.

I don’t talk about my alcoholism much on here – and usually, I try to be more vague when I do, but with all this physical isolation I think it helps to be as open and honest with each other as we can. So – very long story short, my life is very different from where I was in my active drinking. It may not always feel awesome, but I have come so far, and I hope anyone reading this – especially anybody who’s struggling with similar issues, today of all days – tries their best to hang on. It gets different. It gets better. And the pain doesn’t last forever, even when it comes back to visit.

Be safe and careful out there, okay?

And to everyone who’s loved me and supported me on my recovery path: Go raibh maith agat. I gcónaí.

(Thank you. Always.)

(P.S. This picture featuring Queen Arella from my comic “Tock the Gnome,” and a Unicorn for healing, with faerie butterflies for hope. You can read more about Arella in the bonus material on my Patreon anytime.)

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Sunday Gnomedays 3-15-20

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Happy Sunday Gnomedays, once again 💗

I started drawing this about a week and a half ago (I think?) – things weren’t quite as scary yet, then, but with my own recent struggles I guess I was grasping for some positivity and self care, which now feels extra-super appropriate.

I am honestly really worried. I feel like I probably don’t have to be as worried as I am, but the fear is still there. Two art work events that I was depending on revenue from have been cancelled, and hours at my day job are being cut because that job is in an industry impacted by travel cancellations. I’m not really sure how we’re going to make ends meet.

But I do know this WILL blow over, eventually. And I do believe that there are forces in my life that care about my well-being and want me to be on this planet. That’s not to say that terrible things aren’t gonna happen to me (I don’t live in a shiny protective bubble, after all) but if I lean on that belief, I will have a LOT better chance of getting through this. Positively. This too shall pass.

And in the meantime, we all do have each other. We can still reach out, even if it’s not in person, and support each other however we’re able.

I hope we are all as kind to each other as possible, every day, but especially today.

And if you can afford to financially contribute to the life of a creative person – whether that be by purchasing something from their shop, pledging on Patreon, buying them a coffee, etc. etc. etc. – PLEASE do. So many of us have been hit with event cancellations and probably other job issues too, and could really use the help.

Thank you 🌻

More Sunday Gnomedays here. 

“Tock the Gnome” page update here (in case you missed it yesterday!).

WIP on the next page here.

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Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

“Tock the Gnome” page update!

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A new page of “Tock the Gnome” is now up for reading!

Read here 

Or start from the beginning here ❤

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“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…

Will contain queer characters and romance, size-positivity, Faerie, spiritual magic, conundrums and tomfoolery.

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Sunday Gnomedays3-8-20 – and a show announcement!

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Happy Sunday Gnomedays everyone! ❤

And speaking of visible positive Gnomish art (the whole reason I do this devotional), here’s an announcement: I’m part of the Ithaca Illustrator’s Guild, and we’re having a show at the Grayhaven Motel this month!

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The opening was this past Friday, and went very lovely. I was lucky enough to get to choose where I hung my work, so – since we’re in the room where they also set up breakfast for the guests – I chose to hang my pieces right above the breakfast nook, in case someone needs some body positivity with their morning meal!

If you’re in Ithaca NY, or nearby, please come check it out! Viewable now through the end of the month.

More Sunday Gnomedays here.

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