Find ASCII Art Online

It’s funny that ASCII art is still around, still popular at holidays. I started making ASCII art in 1998. I was active in the newsgroup for ASCII art then. The downfall that turned ASCII art from trendy to retro started with HTML email. It became tricky to send an email in plain ASCII text. For awhile people just used plain text, those who held on to their simple email that didn’t need graphics and scripts. Now you have to ask for plain text, if it’s even an option. I don’t think people realize all that HTML costs them bandwidth and adds to the cost of the Internet they use.

Anyway, I started making my own ASCII art again. I’ve kept most of the old art I made. A few got lost along the way. Today I found a ship in the bottle which I had forgotten about. It was on another site. Still had my initials, my artist credit with it. Nice to find it with those.

Here is a list of places you can still find collections of ASCII art, done by various artists at various times. For an updated list check my links.

The ASCII Art Dictionary

ASCII Picture Collections

Heart and Soul ASCII Art Gallery

Christopher Johnson’s ASCII Art Collection



Sunny Spot Gallery

ASCII Mailer – Send an ASCII art picture in email.

Descriptive ASCII Art

I found a post on Living Internet, about ASCII art. I’ve kept the whole post so I can try to find the links. I know some of them are long ago 404. But, I like trying to backtrack and see what I can still turn up.

The interesting part (for me) came at the end where they had written and posted descriptive ASCII. Pretty simple examples given but they could be pretty complex once you get into the whole thing. Here is the post, with the descriptive ASCII at the end.


ASCII art is constructed from individual text characters, and has been used from the early days of computers to make some of the most creative pictures and artistic designs that human-kind has ever produced — some small, some more than a meter in height.ASCII art is strangely interesting to human beings… perhaps because it has an elemental analogy with life itself, in its creation of complex objects with attributes of humour from what could be mistaken to be the simplest of constituents, a set of ASCII characters.

Since the middle of the 20’th century, artists renowned and unknown have created uncounted thousands of ASCII art pictures with nearly as wide a range as those created by painters in water and oil. A few examples can be seen in the section on email signatures. A list of sites holding collections of ASCII art is provided below:

A few examples of ASCII art can also be seen in the section on email signatures. More information can be found in the ASCII Art FAQ.