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Garden Gnomes in ASCII Text Art

Updated on January 21, 2017
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Laura makes ASCII art, using MS Notepad. (Since 1998). She is currently exploring adding colour to the plain text to make postcards.

Originally from Germany where they were called garden dwarves. It was the English who started calling them gnomes. Although they are usually seen as cute or traditional garden ornaments now, they got their start as a garden protector, from all that evil sorcery.

I've always liked garden gnomes. The bearded little fellows with a tall red hat and a twinkle in their eye. When you try to create a garden gnome in ASCII art the challenge is to keep it looking like a garden gnome and not let it turn into a clown, an elf or Santa Claus.

You can see my first try at making an ASCII Art garden gnome. That beard is a trial. Each time I try another idea he starts to look too much like an elf or Santa.

At first I had given him a circle for a nose. It looked good but I found he was leaning towards looking like a circus clown. So I changed it.

In the end, I saved him as he is. I will leave him that way. The next time I try a garden gnome in ASCII art I will start over from scratch and see how it goes.

ASCII Art Gnomes


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