Game Art from Long Ago

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Large collection of ASCII art. Still waiting for the dragon section to finish loading! (My original note when I found this in 2004).

There is  big collection but it’s not available without using the Wayback Machine now. I had contributed some of my own art here and it is still there. (Tends to happen on sites that wander off into never never land). Too bad. But, change is good too, sometimes.

Tracing Images to Make ASCII Art


How to make ASCII art by tracing digital images

I got the idea to try making ASCII art by tracing an image. To do so I had to find a way to make my Notepad transparent on the screen. I ended up using Peek Through. It has the least extra features but it gets the job done, with my own Notepad and settings for font, etc.

The two text editors have some interesting features, but I didn’t explore them. I may yet. At the time I just wanted to try tracing an image.

Tracing an image did not actually work out as well as I thought it could. For me it was better to stick with using an image (usually several different images) as inspiration for my own creation.

I found tracing difficult to work with because the font was smaller, in Transparent Notepad.

Most of all – I just didn’t want to work with the image exactly as-is. When tracing I lose the ability to adapt as I go along. It was too much like making a copy than making my own art.

A Different ASCII Calendar

This would make the job of the calendar itself much easier but, how useful is it? Maybe it doesn’t matter these days with most people having mobile phones. I do think this is the style I could work with to create an ASCII art calendar for each month. It’s an idea I’ve had on the back burner for awhile. Source: Calendar 2012 on Behance