You’ve probably seen gnomes hanging out, doing their whimsical thing in home gardens and elsewhere. But did you know they play disc golf or at least a close version of it?
It’s true and it’s all shown in beautiful detail in Skeet Scienski’s GnomeDriven illustrations now on Innova Discs. Look for special GnomeDriven disc/calendar sets now.
Skeet’s gnome illustrations were first compiled in his GnomeDriven Calendar, which he released in the fall. It’s also his first ever published collection of illustrations.
Original Skeet drawings mark each calendar month, where he gives us a glimpse of how gnomes play disc golf (hint: it’s with acorn caps instead of plastic discs and mushrooms replace metal targets. Look to the bottom of the blog for Skeet's gnome disc golf origin story, which is in the calendar's introduction).
Illustrations for the months of October (‘Gnome No-Brainer Ace Lace’. Blue disc above), August (‘Windy Way Up Putt’. Dark pink disc above), and January (‘Behind the Drive". Green disc above) are featured on Champion RocX3, Champion Leopard3, and Champion Gator discs.
Plus, there’s also a full color version of the ‘Behind the Drive’ scene on a Star Aviar3. Each image is masterfully drawn and has a touch of warm gnomey humor sure to make any disc golfer smile.
The title GnomeDriven is an homage to Innova’s ZoneDriven, which was known for handling USDGC Champion Rocs among other things early in the Championship’s history.
Skeet Scienski, of Charlotte, is one of the most well-known disc golf artists out there. He’s had his images on numerous discs over the years including some primo USDGC Champion Rocs.
So what brought Skeet to take on a Gnome/Disc Golf project? It started early on in life after reading the book ‘Gnomes’ written by Wil Huygen and illustrated by Rien Poortvliet that depicts, in incredible detail, gnome daily life.
“It was something that always had fascinated me because those illustrations were so good,” said Skeet, who depicts some gnome life of his own, describing how gnomes pioneered disc golf in his calendar’s introduction.
Check out Skeet's slideshow of some early gnome sketches.
Gnomes remerged in Skeet’s adult life on the disc golf course where he saw the occasional decorative gnome populating a disc golf hole or when disc golf buddies would ponder about gnomes playing disc golf. Thinking that would be fun to explore, Skeet decided to bring that notion to life with gnomes in the fashion of the Gnome book.
It started out with just one image (which now appears for the month of February ‘Drop-In Birdie’). That proved popular so he turned out more and more. The last four or five, he said were to complete the calendar.
You’ll also notice, Skeet’s rich detail in the plant life and insects surrounding the gnomes. Skeet says he often takes photos outdoors (sometimes during disc golf rounds) of plant life that interest him. He then uses those pics as reference for projects like this because it’s often difficult to invent scenes like this out of thin air.
He also credits writer/illustrator Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter the Rabbit and other works) as an inspiration for his nature scenes. “Her stuff is absolutely outstanding. I’m a big fan of that art and I’m thinking a lot of people are, too,” said Skeet. He said his intention was to bring gnomes and disc golf into those lush type of nature scenes.
As you’ll find out, those scenes that Skeet created are entrancing. Just by glancing at the discs or through the calendar, you might find yourself pondering the thought of gnome disc golf. Those images may even stay with you for your next round when somehow you find a few acorn caps nearby a mushroom.
****Take a look at Skeet's story about the origins of gnome disc golf located in the calendar's introduction.
"Strange as it may sound, some people think the game of Disc Golf was invented by humans! Those big people sure are silly. In the early 1900's, college students spotted a group of highly distracted Gnomes playing a very intense game involving the flight of acorn caps. Considering their small size, the tiny group of friends were throwing them very far as the students quietly watched. They marveled at the Gnomes ability to throw the acorn caps perfectly into a soft mushroom. This indicated some end to the game as all four of the Gnomes suddenly became aware of their human audience. Three of the little players scattered into the bushes, those tiny bags on their shoulders, but one stayed. His name, as told, was Maybree, and along with his friends, had just finished a round of "Cap-Cap". Intrigued by Maybree's description of the game, the students found objects around their campus to throw. Though, some years later, others across the land heard the tales and began constructing targets more closely resembling the Gnome Cap-Cap Mushroom Catchers. Thus, the game of Disc Golf was discovered, but the inventors happily and quietly will keep to the rough. Their own courses invisible to us, as their sport will always be GnomeDriven!"
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