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The first time I developed text art on a computer occurred when I worked at a company in the 1980s that had a central IBM computer system where every
workstation had green-screen monitors
(green dot-matrix lettering on a black background). I wanted to create a new logon screen showing the company logo (an
old sailing ship riding on ocean waves surrounded by a circle) to replace the default IBM Sign On screen. Working within the
limitations of a monospaced 24x80 grid, I used different combinations of keyboard characters to achieve the many curves in the logo image. After my
logo screen was implemented it was a joy to walk around our offices in Boston, Washington, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore and see my
artwork displayed on every screen! (Sorry I didn't save an example of this.)
I had no idea that what I was doing had a following or even a name, but I discovered there were groups of people who had been creating text art regularly for years and posting it to bulletin-boards (before the World‑Wide‑Web there were these dial-up shared blogs known as "bulletin boards") under the name ASCII Art. Even though the computer world has become much more graphical, ASCII Art has had a loyal following and new people are discovering it all the time. As proof of its popularity, I have seen on statistics for my website that "ascii art" is a frequently used search phrase that brings people to my site, which certainly motivates me to keep this page current.
I consider myself more of an enthusiast than a creative artist, so at the present time my personal contribution to the ASCII Art world is primarily to provide access to the works and resources of others with this webpage. I do 'doodle and dabble' a bit so maybe if I find the time I will create some more of my own and post it. In the meantime, the artwork on this page is all ASCII Art.
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Unfortunately, ascii artists frequently create websites on domains like geocities, which tend to expire. I am trying to keep track of these and fix or delete them. Bear with me.
BBC - h2g2 - ASCII Art – Segerman's article in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Ascii Art Dictionary (Andreas Freise)
:joan stark ASCII Art Gallery: (Spunk's site doesn't always work)
Faux_Pseudo – :F_P: has great stuff in alt.ascii-art
bug (Blazej Kozlowski)
Veronica Karlsson's Homepage
Allen Mullen's Ascii Home Page
Christopher Johnson's ASCII Art Collection
gallery of original ASCII-art by llizard aka ejm
CeeJay Central - ASCII-ART
ascii art by b'ger (Joris Bellenger)
David's ASCII Art Pages (David Palmer)
Ascii by Lorrie
Ilmari Karonen: Ascii art
STARS WARS ASCIIMATION
Stronka domowa Goldmoona – love Goldmoon's title ()
[ The Sunny Spot ] ASCII-Art
Internet Smileys – to view 'emoticons', tilt your head 90° to the left, like this --> :o)
=a-s-c-i-i=e-x-h-i-b-i-t-i-o-n= – a German site (some English)
Signature Museum – click on Collections
Princeton Online - Incredible ASCII Art
Compiled by Andreas Freise
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I became fascinated with ASCII Art when I first saw Bob
Allison's work on his Scarecrow pages (the link goes to
an archive since his website is gone), some of which I have collected below. Bob, who was the moderator of the newsgroup rec.arts.ascii, had a website named BOBAWORLD that was so elaborate (here's a site map) that at first I suspected that Bob Allison was not an actual person but a composite of many
people. His site, which ceased to exist in 1996, had many fascinating sections including Uncle Bob's Kids' Page (wonderful G-rated page),
Spider's Pick of the Day (links to cool websites), The Michael Jordan Page (I believe Bob was from Chicago), The Web Masters'
Page (great help with web-authoring, I have a link to a copy of this on my Online Tips page), a Beatles page, and of course the Scarecrow pages.
There are archived versions of many of these pages around the Internet. You can find them by searching on "BOBAWORLD" or "Bob Allison" or "Scarecrow" but you will also find many links to to Bob's now defunct sites. Bob's reply to my email asking him why he took it down was, not surprisingly, "It got too big."
|The Scarecrow pages (my saved copies of them)|
|More Bob Allison pages|
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|Generally, ASCII Art is presented on a webpage bracketed by the <PRE> ... </PRE> tags, which applies the fixed-width font setting in your browser and turns off word wrap. From a viewer perspective, if you don't like the way it looks in your browser try different monospaced fonts. Thanks to computers, text art is a very trial-and-error process. In the early days, when output could only be printed, I am sure it was much less elaborate, and the artists may have settled for less, but now you can just make the most miniscule modifications until you get it exactly that way you want, especially when working with greyscale and curves.|
|FAQs & tutorials|
|There is a variety of software to help produce text art, some that will convert an image file to an ASCII layout, which can be very helpful in getting started (see b'ger's tutorial link for a good description of this), but some say that using software to convert input is not "art", that it is only a conversion. Well, all artists use tools, and some tools are more sophisticated than others. We are already using computers instead of typewriters. Would these same critics not accept electronic music as art? FIGlet is a program that will convert a word or phrase into different fonts with larger letters made up of individual ASCII characters, like the ones I used in the titles on this page. JavE is a popular ASCII editor where you work in a grid (purists will criticize it for doing much of the creative work for you). There are many others, some of the older ones even DOS-based, but I have only used these.|
ASCII Generator – I created my section titles for this page here
FIGlet Server - ASCII Banner/Signature Generator
FIGlet Input Form
JavE (Java ASCII Versatile Editor)
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ASCII drawings are frequently used in "signatures" that appear at the end of emails and newsgroup postings. Most email software can be set to
automatically include signatures as part of the compose process. Years ago, if you received email from me or read something I posted, you may have seen
some of the signatures I used. One of my favorites was when I had my name spelled out like this. You can see it better if you get back a little from
your screen and sort of take your eyes out of focus. My name is outlined with the characters you see. I used the parentheses characters because I could
not be sure what font the viewer would be using (I guess macros get around this) and I found that in most fonts, both variable-width and
monospaced, a single parenthesis ( and a single space _ take up the same width.
In ASCII Art some prefer the background to be dark and the text to be white, so I am giving you the option to see it both ways here.
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