Tag Archives: conversion

Amiga ASCII by Dino, while he was in the infamous Skywalkers graffiti crew. From various collies 2000-2002.

PETSCII by Max Capacity, 2011.

PETSCII-works by Max Capacity, 2012. The first two are mixed with pixel graphics.

Famous paintings in coloured HTML ASCII by Allen Mullen, probably from the first half of the 1990’s. Originals by Da Vinci, Dali, Michaelangelo, Monet, Brueghel, Raphael, Van Gogh and Vermeer.

More info and graphics here.

Coloured ASCII-work in HTML by Allen Mullen. His oldest dated work is from 1994, but he was probably active long before that. His great archive of Usenet ASCII goes back to 1991. He stopped working with ASCII around 1996.

He called this gifscii, because it involved converting GIFs to ASCII. He also called it pictures rather than art, to avoid discussions and insults about the merit of his work.

Mullen often drew the images from scratch with a Wacom tablet. He used three shades of grey which the gifscii converter turned into $, M and !. With a word processor’s replace function he’d introduce areas of C and :. He used macros to even out the edges and did a lot of manual editing. “I don’t believe it would be practical to try to copy my methods. There’s a lot more to it than I can describe here.”

Colour could be added in browsers such as Netscape Gold by selecting the text and choosing a colour. Most browsers supported a palette of 256 colours. Of course, colour could also be added manually in the HTML code.

More info here and more of his images here.

Cyrillic ASCII art (КОИ-7 art, more correctly) by Eric Furst, 2021-2022. Uses overstriking, ie printing characters on top of each other. More here.

BB – a demo for Unix and DOS made by four Czech teenagers in 1997: Jan Hubicka, Kamil Toman, Mojmir Svoboda and Filip Kupsa. They made a notorious library for ASCII-conversion, AA-lib, which was later used for example in Hasciicam and VLC (see Wikipedia). They also made Aview that lets you browse the web in ASCII, ASCII-3D-2000 that creates stereogram ASCII, and more. It’s a similar spirit to the ASCII Art Ensemble.

From here.