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ascii art

These are most of the finished pieces from my ascii art period (1994 - 1995).

You can use these critters for non-commercial purposes. Just leave my nametag attached, and try to take good care of them.


sleeping kitten
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little stalker ("`-''-/").___..--''"`-._ `6_ 6 ) `-. ( ).`-.__.`) fL (_Y_.)' ._ ) `._ `. ``-..-' _..`--'_..-_/ /--'_.' ,' (il).-'' (li).' ((!.-'
littler stalker ("`-/")_.-'"``-._ . . `; -._ )-;-,_`) (v_,)' _ )`-.\ ``-' _.- _..-_/ / ((.' fL ((,.-' ((,/
sonata in b-flat minor ,-. __ .-, --;`. ' `.' / ( ^__^ ) fL ; `(_`'_)' \ ' ` .`--'_, ; ~~`-..._)))(((.'
paw cat __..--''``---....___ _..._ __ /// //_.-' .-/"; ` ``<._ ``.''_ `. / // / ///_.-' _..--.'_ \ `( ) ) // // / (_..-' // (< _ ;_..__ ; `' / /// fL / // // // `-._,_)' // / ``--...____..-' /// / //
stretch cat _,'| _.-''``-...___..--';) /_ \'. __..-' , ,--...--''' <\ .`--''' ` /' `-';' ; ; ; __...--'' ___...--_..' .;.' fL (,__....----''' (,..--''
lion cat , ,, , , ,; ; ;; ; ; ; , ; '; ; ;; .-''\ ; ; , ; ;` ; ,; . / /8b \ ; ; `; ; .;' ;,\8 | ; ; ` ;/ / `_ ; ;; ; ; ; |/.' /9) ; ; ` ; ; ; ,/' ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; /_ ; ; ` ; ; `?8P" . ; ; ; ; ; ; ;; | ; .:: ` ;; ; ; ` ; ; `' `--._ ;; ;; ; ; ; ; `-..__..--'' ; ; ;; ; ; ; fL ; ; ; ; ; ;
3-line cat )\._.,--....,'``. /, _.. \ _\ ;`._ ,. fL `._.-(,_..'--(,_..'`-.;.'
psycho kitty )\ _. - ._.) /. `- ' ( `--' `- , ) - > ) \ fL (.' \) (.' -'
tiger kitty __,,,,_ _ __..-;''`--/'/ /.',-`-. (`/' ` | \ \ \\ / / / / .-'/`,_ /'`\ \ | \ | \| // // / -.,/_,'-, /<7' ; \ \ | ; ||/ /| | \/ |`-/,/-.,_,/') / _.-, `,-\,__| _-| / \ \/|_/ | '-/.;.\' `-` f/ ; / __/ \__ `/ |__/ | `-' | -| =|\_ \ |-' | __/ /_..-' ` ),' // fL ((__.-'((___..-'' \__.'
( Sabretooth Exhibit ( The Tiger Information Center

cyber kitty \;,._ _,,- \`;, `-._ _..--'''```--.._ __.-',;( \ `;, `:. , ;. . :' .;` / ; `;;, .: :. ,;;` / \ ';/ \:: : . ::/ \;` ; ).' __.._` '_..__ `./ /< \\ /I`, ,'I\ // > /\ `;-7/_\ -- /_\7-;' /\ //. `"':" ;; ":`"' /\ |/ . .:' __..__ `. \| /\|: ./. `=_ _=' .\ |/\ /:(/::. \/ .::\) / ////=-v-'`-v-=\\\\ fL ///`Nx_\;;/_xN'\\\ / / `"w==w"' \ \ / \
end kitty (`.-,') .-' ; _.-' , `,- _ _.-' .' /._ .' ` _.-. / ,'._;) ( . )-| ( )`,_ ,'_,' \_;) fL ('_ _,'.' (___,)) `-:;.-'
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ascii drawer #2 \/| /"" ;,_ _________ oo _. //..___.._ |,-------- `-' `//========================= `'\ | || |//-----'\ ( || ,d88b, // ||| `|_888888_ \\_ ||| 888888 '-\/ '/_( `Y88P' fL
annoying wallpaper #2 O )) ( ( \ \_.-' \ O )) ( ( \ \_.- \_.' | `. \ __ | \_.' | `. \ \#_/ `-._/ . / _`. \#_/ `-._/ -' \ O )) ( ( \ \_.-' \ O . __ | \_.' | `. \ ' __ | \_/ . / _`. \#_/ `-._/ . / _`. \#_/ )) ( ( \ \_.-' \ O )) ( ( \ \_.-' ' | `. \ ' __ | \_.' | `. \ ' `-._/ . / _`. \#_/ `-._/ . \ O )) ( ( \ \_.-' \ O )) ( __ | \_.' | `. \ ' __ | \_.' | / _`. \#_/ `-._/ . / _`. \#_/ `-._ ( ( \ \_.-' \ O )) ( ( \ \_.-' `. \ ' __ | \_.' | `. \ ' __ _/ . / _`. \#_/ `-._/ . / _`. \ O )) ( ( \ \_.-' \ O )) ( ( \ \ | \_.' | `. \ ' __ | \_.' | `. \ \#_/ `-._/ . / `. \#_/ `-._/ fL
( software for tiling

sniffer _,) _..._.-;-' .-' `( / ; \ ;.' ;` ,; ; .'' ``. ( \ ; / f_ _L \ ; )\ \/|` '|\/;; <;/ ((; \_/ (() "
twitcher (`. ,-, `\ `. ,;' / \`. \ ,'/ .' __ `.\ Y /.' .-' ''--.._` ` ( .' / ` , ` ' Q ' , , `._ \ | ' `-.;_' ` ; ` ` --,.._; ` , ) .' `._ , ' /_ ; ,''-,;' ``- ``-..__\``--` fL
( House Rabbit Society

disintegrator __ |_/\ ,--,;\) ,-"-..._\ \_...._( ) |a a )`| ___ /`._ / / -==[___]\/; \' `B-'|_`,) <'/||8`> fL __|::| (__.';| (_)
deoxygenator )\ (&) _|._ y\.-v'l f Y | | " | | | b | | | | | | | | | | | ,;::;. _..--f`-...-'|--..'/ )) \ `-.!._____.!.-' (__,;' \ .---' `-.._______..-' fL
valentine | \ \ | |/ / | |\ `' ' / | ;'aorta \ / , pulmonary | ; _, | / / , arteries superior | | ( `-.;_,-' '-' , vena cava | `, `-._ _,-'_ |,-`. `.) ,<_,-'_, pulmonary ,' `. / ,' `;-' _, veins ; `./ /`, \-' | right / | ;\ |\ | atrium ;_,._|_, `, ' \ | \ \ ` `, ` __ ` \ left ;, \ ,' ` \, ventricle \_( ;, ;; | \ `;, ;; inferior | |`. `;;, ;' vena cava | | `-. ;;;;,;' | | |`-.._ ,;;;;;' | | | | ``';;;' fL aorta
( The Heart: A Virtual Exploration

eudaemonic mascot , , /( )` \ \___ / | /- _ `-/ ' (/\/ \ \ /\ / / | ` \ O O ) / | `-^--'`< ' (_.) _ ) / `.___/` / `-----' / <----. __ / __ \ <----|====O)))==) \) /==== <----' `--' `.__,' \ | | fL \ / ______( (_ / \______ ,' ,-----' | \ `--{__________) \/
( BSD Daemon copyright

moose droppings ========================================== | ,dP""8a "888888b, d8b "888b ,888" | | 88b " 888 d88 dPY8b 88Y8b,8888 | | `"Y8888a 888ad8P'dPaaY8b 88 Y88P888 | | a, Y88 888 dP Y8b 88 YP 888 | | `"8ad8P'a888a a88a;*a888aa88a a888a | | ;*;;;;*;;;*;;;*,, | | _,---'':::';*;;;*;;;*;;*d;, | | .-' ::::::::::';*;;*;dII; | | .' ,<<<,. :::::::::::::::ffffff`. | | / ,<<<<<<<<,::::::::::::::::fffffL,\ | | .,<<<<<<<<<<I;:::::::::::::::ffffKIP", | | |<<<<<<<<<<dP;,?>;,::::::::::fffKKIP | | | ``<<<<<<<dP;;;;;\>>>>>;,::::fffKKIPf ' | | \ `mYMMV?;;;;;;;\>>>>>>>>>,YIIPP"` / | | `. "":;;;;;;;;;i>>>>>>>>>>>>>, ,' | | `-._``":;;;sP'`"?>>>>>=========. | | `---..._______...|<[Hormel | | | `=========' fL| ==========================================
( Find the Spam ( Net Abuse FAQ ( Official SPAM fan club

two perspectives _____ __ _ .-'| | | |``-. ,a888a, | | | __| | |__8888888___| | |____ --| | |----/|\-----| | |---- --| | |---/ | \----| | |---- __| | |__/ | \___| | |____ | | .' / | \ `. | | __|__|.'___/____|____\___`.|_____|____ 1-point perspective fL .|``---..._ .' | | __________V_| | |_____________________V______ ------------| | |-------------------,a'------ ------------\ | |-----------------,d8'------- _____________\ | _.!_______________,d88'________ \|_..--'' ,d888' ______________________________________d8888'__________ 2-point perspective fL
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( Bear Code ( Furry Code

vanishing point 88888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 88.._| | `-. | `. -_-_ _-_ _- _- -_ - .'| |.'| | _..88 88 `-.._ | |`! |`. -_ -__ -_ _- _-_- .' |.;' | _.!-'| 88 88 | `-!._ | `;! ;. _______________ ,'| .-' | _!.i' | 88 88..__ | |`-!._ | `.| |_______________||."'| _!.;' | _|..88 88 |``"..__ | |`";.| i|_|MMMMMMMMMMM|_|'| _!-| | _|..-|' 88 88 | |``--..|_ | `;!|l|MMoMMMMoMMM|1|.'j |_..!-'| | 88 88 | | | |`-,!_|_|MMMMP'YMMMM|_||.!-;' | | | 88 88___|______|____!.,.!,.!,!|d|MMMo * loMM|p|,!,.!.,.!..__|_____|_____88 88 | | | | | |_|MMMMb,dMMMM|_|| | | | | | 88 88 | | |..!-;'i|r|MPYMoMMMMoM|r| |`-..| | | | 88 88 | _!.-j' | _!,"|_|M)(MMMMoMMM|_||!._| `i-!.._ | | 88 88 _!.-'| | _."| !;|1|MbdMMoMMMMM|l|`.| `-._| |``-.._ | 88 88..-i' | _.''| !-| !|_|MMMoMMMMoMM|_|.|`-. | ``._ | |``"..88 88 | |.| |.| !| |u|MoMMMMoMMMM|n||`. |`! | `". | 88 88 | _.-' | .' |.' |/|_|MMMMoMMMMoM|_|! |`! `,.| |-._| 88 88 _!"'| !.'| .'| .'|[@]MMMMMMMMMMM[@] \| `. | `._ | `-._ 88 88-' | .' |.| |/| / \|`. |`! |.| |`-88 88 |_.'| .' | .' |/ \ \ | `. | `._ | 88 88 .' | .' |/| / \ |`! |`.| `. | 88 88 _.' !'| .' | / \| ` | `. |`.| 88 88 vanishing point 888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 fL 888

how to do it

Art isn't really my strong point. I'm quite helpless with traditional paper-and-pencil drawing. Ascii art appealed to the puzzle-solver in me, with a little help from an aesthetic sense that I accidentally picked up from somewhere. Probably from reading too many books. Or maybe a virus.

To make an ascii picture, I'd start with an interesting idea or a constraint (``turn this photo into a 6-line ascii picture''), throw down a couple dots and semicolons, stare at the shapeless blob, poke it a bit, try using `m's instead of `j's, stare at it some more, distract myself with pinball, mirror-reverse the picture in the hope that the `j's look better that way, stare at it again, then throw it all out.

Anyone could do the same. You just need time, patience, persistence, a little bit of a perfectionist streak, and time. Did I mention patience?

Oh, and a how-to-draw book might be helpful if your parents didn't give you a brain module that can automatically project a 3-dimensional object onto a 2-dimensional surface. (One book that's pretty good is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.)

Everything else is just style and technique.

If you don't want to invent your own style and technique, you can borrow someone else's for a while. The Ascii Art FAQ has a few ideas free for the taking.


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