Text art pictures created with basic keyboard characters in fixed width fonts. http://asciiartist.com
Curated by Laura Brown
I read about Typewriter Art in some magazine article or other and decided to try my hand. What did I have to lose? Here is my first attempt. It's made from four sheets of typing paper glued together. If you look close up, it's made using just a few letters including M, I, and M overstruck with X or $ to get the darkest shade approaching black. I found that I could get about 64 characters per line on a single sheet of typing paper, so this is about 128 characters wide.
I want to learn how to write a pixel shader that uses two textures, but I'm bored with all of the examples on the internet. I want to do something that I can't easily find code for online. I get the idea of writing a pixel shader for ASCII art. Here's how it went.
I've been intrigued for a while by the idea of making a color version of ASCII art. The only color ASCII art I could find online used 24-bit color characters, but that's really cheating. Given enough colors we could draw the whole picture using different colored copies of the letter M, but where's the challenge in that?
I placed a 6ft by 8ft 24-bit color ASCII Art poster of a ladybug at the end of a long corridor at UNT Discovery Park on Friday October 21, 2011 late at night after all of the administrators had gone home for the weekend. I also left a notebook for comments. Stay tuned to see what people say.
On January 4, 2012 NASA released an incredibly clear and detailed 8000x8000 pixel image of the Earth, called Blue Marble 2012, in which each pixel represents less than a square kilometer. The following ASCII Art images were made from this photograph. Click on the thumbnails to see larger images. The number in each title is the width and height of the corresponding image in characters. To get the width and height in pixels, multiply by 8.
In the 1960s artists experimented with ASCII art created by a craft process known variously as serigraphy, screen printing, or silk screen printing. For example, a piece called "Aubade" by Alan Riddell from 1969 appears on p. 111 of his book "Typewriter Art" published by London Magazine Editions in 1975, ISBN 0-900626-99-2. This stenciling technique enabled artists to print both regular ASCII characters and their negatives (white on a black background) like this:
Plain ASCII characters on the left, serigraphic negatives on the right.
Serigraphy enables us to reach levels of contrast that were previously unattainable. For example, the following 256-character wide ladybug uses our old greyscale technique. Mouse over to see the higher-contrast serigraphic image.
Each of the following pairs of images consists of a greyscale photograph and serigraphic ASCII Art at a resolution of 512 characters in width, which is about 7 sheets of typing paper wide. If you had the patience, you could glue together a couple of dozen sheets of typing paper to make an ASCII Art poster that is 5 feet wide and 3.5 feet high. If you stand back, it would be indistinguishable from a photograph.
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With this plugin you can embed your txt files into WordPress posts and pages. I have tested it out on my own site. Now I can start loading my ASCII art gallery directly into WordPress rather than having it link to text files. Will be nice to have the art, in text format, shown right in the post.