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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Shop update and New Year’s Sale!!💖

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Happy New Year everyone!! In honor of 2020, please enjoy 20% off in my Etsy shop from now through Monday the 6th – including 6 newly listed prints!

Click here to bring home some Faerie whimsy!!

And have a lovely start to this turn of the calendar 💚 Thanks so much, always, for your support.

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‘Tock the Gnome’ bonus for ‘Gears to Corsets!’

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Hey everyone! This exclusive new “Tock the Gnome” piece was finished up specifically for Gears to Corsets, Cortland County Steampunk Festival – which I will be vending at this weekend!

So a) expect some radio silence from me until Monday or Tuesday (including my Etsy shop being closed for the moment). And b) because show prep has kept me very busy this month, and thus delayed some Patreon bonuses, I’ve written up a patron-exclusive short story about this drawing! Available to all my patrons, at any level.

Click here to read it – “Dietary Differences” 🍄

Hope you enjoy ❤ And if you’re in the central NYS area, hope you can stop by the festival! I’ll be there all three days (pushing Tock and Faerie whimsy, as always!).

Brightest blessings, everyone.

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Sunday Gnomedays catchup and a summary of many amazing goings-on!

As it says on the tin ^^; This month has been insanely busy for me, so here’s a massive post about that – firstly, catching up on my Gnomish devotionals.

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Sunday Gnomedays 6/16

Delayed by my vending at Salem NY Faerie Fest, which I will speak on below (and which went very well!). Inspired also by that day being Father’s Day, where I live – I imagine this Troll feels fatherly towards the Gnome woman he’s carrying, in the manner of the parents of Troll Maidens (from Wendy and Brian Froud’s “Trolls”). I hope any of you who celebrated had a lovely time together!

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Sunday Gnomedays 6/23

Delayed in posting by the local Pride Block Party, hosted by Planned Parenthood ❤  It had been an awesome pride-filled weekend, but a very long one too, so I needed some Tock and Onna smooches (I hope any new “Tock the Gnome” readers from the block party are enjoying the story!).

Now as for how well both of those lovely delaying events went!

Continue reading “Sunday Gnomedays catchup and a summary of many amazing goings-on!”

Catchup – FFW 7, Sunday Gnomedays, notes with a Tock <3

Greetings, everyone ❤

I haven’t been up to posting much this week, due to personal things and prep for vending at Ithacon, so here’s some things that “should” have already been posted.

(Friendly reminder, “shoulding” on oneself is never helpful and I do not endorse it! But I am grateful for your patience.)

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Drew this very faerie Tock for self care, and posted it on Instagram yesterday to make note that I have still been creating, though my plans for what I’m bringing to the con had had to be adjusted. I had hoped to have “Tock the Gnome” issue two finished, but there’s not going to be enough time for me to do that well and have it there on time, so that has been changed to Preorder status instead! More on that, and what bonuses will come in the issue, soon.

I will be bringing my existing work and some new prints though, including Prints for Pam-a-Lamb – which are available now, with all proceeds going to the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Fairy Fae Week 7/Sunday Gnomedays 3-10-19

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Aaaaaand catching up (and finishing!) the Fairy Fae Week challenge! Day 7, Romance/Forgotten (how could I not pick the Seelie side again, writing what I do?). So here’s “Tock the Gnome”s Princess Bartelbia, recently revealed in Patreon bonus material, with a love letter!

And one more thing:

“Tock the Gnome” World Building Wednesday 35 – The Orc and Brogh conflict, two stories….

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Curious about why the Orcs and the Brogh think they’ve been warring forever?

Full post available here!

Thanks again for your patience, and hope you look forward to what’s to come! More on con prep and Tock progress soon.

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Fairy Fae Week Day 6, “Illusion”

Sunday Gnomedays will be up later, but here’s some drawing challenge catchup in the meantime!

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Day 6, Reflection/Illusion

Went with the Dark/Unseelie side this time. There is conflict in the world of “Tock the Gnome,” out of fear and perceived competition for resources in the Lowlands. This often pits people against people, or individual against individual. But what of the truth of togetherness in Faerie, that which should unite them?…..

(More on this to come, of course, and more on Orcish conflict already in the existing pages of the comic. – free to read, btw!)

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Fairy Fae Week 4 and 5, AND Happy International Women’s Day!

Continuing, and celebrating today!

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Day 4, Heal/Devour

Once again I chose the Light/Seelie theme. So here’s something from “Tock the Gnome” backstory, two characters that need healing and could reach for it, in their union. But will they? 💗 

 

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Day 5, Gift/Thief

Inspired by the Seelie side again – in honor of International Women’s Day, the Tockverse ladies (or at least as many of them as I could fit on the page) are here in solidarity. Growing together from the gift of all their varied relationships, individual strengths and differences.

True strength comes from that place of togetherness and cooperation, not competition. May we all build each other up and inspire each other, too!

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