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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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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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 Gnomedays 3-1-20

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Happy Sunday Gnomedays ❤  Featuring Tock of “Tock the Gnome” this time – and doubling up as this month’s patrons-only “In thanks” Bonus drawing!

Made public this month, trough the generosity of my existing patrons. Thanks everybody!

A note for non-patrons: this monthly bonus drawing is something I do as a patron-exclusive every 1st of the month. You can see more of these (both already posted and in the future), along with WIPs on the pages, other bonus art and stories, and weekly world-building by pledging! And every pledge gets us closer to more frequent updates, as more pledges mean less time at my day job and thusly, more time to work on new pages.

Click here for more info!

As for the image, here’s Tock as an avatar of the Gnomish goddess Anosmia. ……this was drawn during a low point a few weeks ago, but it helped, and I hope that you see something healing in it too!!

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Sunday Gnomedays 2-9-20

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Featuring a drawing I technically did last year, but hadn’t gotten to share yet (if I’m wrong about that, I deeply apologize!).

This was supposed to evoke Queen Arella of “Tock the Gnome” backstory, in a moment of nature and healing, paired with the strength of stones. 2020’s been more of a stumble than a dance for me so far, as most winters are, but I am grateful to be moving forward regardless of my level of grace.

Also, a small announcement – there will be no “Tock the Gnome” World Building Wednesday this week, as I work toward a commission deadline. WIPs on the next page will still be posted as often as possible, and existing bonuses are always available on Patreon. Thanks for your patience, dear readers ❤

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Sunday Gnomedays 1-19-20

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A bit belatedly due to life’s demands this weekend, but here we are!

Floofy sheep in honor of my amazing Llove Llady Llama, as they vended at Vogue Knitting Live! this past weekend.

(They’re coming home today, AND it’s our 16 year dating anniversary, so I am just…..yay 💗 I feel very blessed that they’re still with me. Here’s a flashback to art of our most self-representative characters in my comic, in celebration!)

(I now highly recommend drawing floofsome hugs when you miss someone, btw.)

And since this Gnome is clearly “Tock the Gnome” framed, I think that little sheep got lost within the Gnomish cities, somehow, and this noble Gnome is bringing them back to the farms on the surface. Noble Gnomes don’t get to interact with the life above very much, so I’m pleased she looks so lovingly comforted by the task! (More on the Gnomes of Tock’s world always available on Patreon, of course!)

Hope you all had a really lovely Sunday, and a really lovely day today! 🐏💕

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