The Abandoned Art Movement

PrintAlthough Michael and Andrea deMeng started the Art Abandonment movement in June of 2012, publicly leaving art for others is not a new concept. Several decades ago there was a movement called “Guerilla Art, ” which inspired the deMengs’ art abandonment movement.

History of “Guerrilla” Art

Guerrilla art–or street art–originated in the 1980s.

It consisted of graffiti, street sculpture, murals, wall mosaics, and various other forms of artistic expression. Artists would create the art pieces and leave them in public spaces for others to enjoy.
The reasons for street art varied. Often the artists wanted to make a political statement. Sometimes they wanted to get their work out into the world, and bypass the constraints subjected to them by the rules of the formal art world. At other times, they wanted “ordinary” people to have access to art that they normally would never have the chance to encounter. Finally, sometimes they did it just for the fun of it!

Want to Participate in the Art Abandonment Movement?

If you are interested in becoming part of this movement, you will find that there are just a few rules to follow.  To join in, Michael deMeng makes these simple suggestions. All you have to do is the following:

  1. Make a small piece of art.
  2. Put a tag on it stating that you are leaving the art as a free gift to whoever finds it. Make sure to include your desired contact information.
  3. Discreetly leave the art in a public space.
  4. Take a picture of the space you are leaving it in.
  5. Hope that the person who finds the gift responds either by email or replies on the Art Abandonment Facebook page.


Toleware (from Wikipedia)

In the collectibles and antique industry, toleware refers to kitchen-related objects created from metal, typically tin or thin steel, and are often in decorative styles such as Arts and Crafts and Pennsylvania Dutch. Decorative painting on these items is common but not necessary. This style of decorative art spread from Europe (where it was referred to as Japanning) to the United States in the 18th century, and was popular in US kitchens in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The term is derived from the French name for tole painting, tôle peinte.

tolewareImage via Everyday Beauty: A Tole Tale.

Where the Wild Things Are: Pagans and Writing

Originally posted to ‘BackWash: Where the Wild Things Are’ newsletter, November, 7, 2003.

What have you written or published lately? Not that every Witch or Pagan needs to be a writer or share their writing with others. But, we do tend to be journal keepers of some sort. Most like writing in their Book of Shadows; thoughts, ideas and experiences. Some choose to go farther and share those same ideas and experiences with others. Of course, each of us chooses where and how large our audience is. Also, how personally connected they are to yourself.

Anyway, I’ve found a lot of Pagans in the arts: writing, crafting and so on. We’re a pretty artsy bunch.

If you do want to dip your toes in the water and share your Pagan writings you can find plenty of online groups. Some are geared to specific areas of Paganism and some are geared to those who are Pagan and writers. It’s not trading one craft for another, it’s growing yourself and your craft.

Of course, you are taking a chance. You can count on finding someone to disagree with whatever you write about. Sometimes they disagree in the form of an attack against you personally. You can choose to ignore this immature stuff, though it’s not easy to stop yourself from feeling defensive. This is all very personal stuff after all. But, if you’re lucky enough to stumble into a group of like-minded people you will have so many new ideas, new angles and slants on old ideas and access to so many experiences. It’s like finding a vast treasure vault without having the expense of hiring a boat, getting seasick and risking pirate attacks, well something like that. You get the idea.

Anyway, this newsletter is one of the things I have written to share with other Pagans. Before this I write a few articles for a print zine and assorted other odd bits here and there. Some newsgroup postings too but that was quite a long time ago before the newsgroups got so snit picky.

I wouldn’t count myself as some grand high authority on everything Pagan. But, I do think I have some ideas and a sense of what I believe to be right and good that I can share. You, the reader, can decide how you feel about what I write. I’m always glad to hear from you, even if you don’t think everything I write is glorious and completely right. We all see things differently and what feels right to me could seem completely crack-brained to you. I don’t mind. I’ll listen to you and make up my own mind. Just as I expect you do with the blatherings I type in here.

If you do post/ publish your Pagan writings online let me know. I’ll be glad to give you a link in the newsletter. Although I believe in reading things I don’t agree with, in order to get more perspective, I won’t link to or promote something I believe is completely harmful.

Seasons Greetings (cause it’s always some season).

ASCII Art FAQ – 1998 (Part 1)

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Answers to frequently asked questions about ASCII art
On the Web, the FAQ and other useful documents can be found in the
ASCII art Documentation Archive (ADA), at the following locations:-
*** There is a wealth of information about ASCII Art ***
*** in the ASCII Documents Archive ***
International Mirrors
(Helsinki, Finland) (Lulea, Sweden)
(London, UK) (Calgary, Canada)
[1] What's alt.ascii-art?
[2] What is ASCII art?
[3] What does ASCII mean?
[4] Why do all the pictures look strange?
[5] What font do you use for ASCII art?
[6] What program do you use for ASCII art?
[7] How do I draw my own ASCII art?
[8] Can someone do me some kewl lettering?
[9] Where can I find Figlet's address?
[10] Can I copy or post that ASCII picture for myself?
[11] What way works best to ask for a picture of something?
[12] What should I know before posting to alt.ascii-art?
[13] What to NOT post to alt.ascii-art? [da roolz]
[14] Have a picture or graphic and would like it Asciified?
[15] How do I convert a picture or graphic to ASCII art?
[16] How do I put ASCII art on a webpage?
[17] What are ASCII art signature files?
[18] What is ASCII art animation?
[19] What does ObAscii mean?
[20] The ASCII Art Rough-Guide to m$.Outlook?
[21] Where can I find pictures/tutorials/infos/chatrooms/experts?
[22] Historacle's What types of ASCII art are there?
[X1] The Ascii Art 10-Commandments

[1] What's alt.ascii-art? What's going on here?
You're probably reading this because it's been posted to
news:alt.ascii-art, news:alt.ascii-art.animation or rec.arts.ascii.
If you're not, jump in and take a look. In these Usenet groups
people discuss ASCII art, request ASCII art, post ASCII art, post
improved versions or variations of other people's ASCII art, and
generally have fun.

[2] What is ASCII art?
ASCII art is any sort of pictures or diagrams drawn with the
printable characters in the ASCII character set.
(For a definition of ASCII, see Question 3.)

:-) Probably the most common ASCII art picture is the smiley (-:
but it can get a lot more sophisticated than that.
.-" +' "-. Here's a small ASCII picture of
/.'.'A_'*`. a snow-scene paperweight,
|:.*'/-. ':| drawn by Joan Stark:
:~^~^~^~^:/ If this picture looks very strange and
/`-....-' you can't really tell what it is,
jgs / don't panic -- see Question 5.

People use ASCII art for a number of reasons. Here are some of them.
* It is the most universal computer art form in the world --
every computer system capable of displaying multi-line text can
display ASCII art, without needing to have a graphics mode or
support a particular graphics file format.
* An ASCII picture is hundreds of times smaller in file size
than its GIF or BMP equivalent, while still giving a good idea
of what something looks like.
* It's easy to copy from one file to another (just cut and paste).
* It's fun!

[3] What does ASCII mean?
ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange)
7-bit as defined in ISO-646 is a basic set of 128 numbered symbols
which almost all kinds of computer can display. Here are the ones
that are used for ASCII art:

032 [space] 048 0 064 @ 080 P 096 ` 112 p
033 ! 049 1 065 A 081 Q 097 a 113 q
034 " 050 2 066 B 082 R 098 b 114 r
035 # 051 3 067 C 083 S 099 c 115 s
036 $ 052 4 068 D 084 T 100 d 116 t
037 % 053 5 069 E 085 U 101 e 117 u
038 & 054 6 070 F 086 V 102 f 118 v
039 ' 055 7 071 G 087 W 103 g 119 w
040 ( 056 8 072 H 088 X 104 h 120 x
041 ) 057 9 073 I 089 Y 105 i 121 y
042 * 058 : 074 J 090 Z 106 j 122 z
043 + 059 ; 075 K 091 [ 107 k 123 {
044 , 060 < 076 L 092 108 l 124 | 045 - 061 = 077 M 093 ] 109 m 125 } 046 . 062 > 078 N 094 ^ 110 n 126 ~
047 / 063 ? 079 O 095 _ 111 o

There are other characters in the set (with the numbers 0 - 31 and
127), but they can do bad stuff to Usenet readers, so PLEASE DON'T
USE THEM in your pictures (except characters 10 and or 13 which
are used to insert a new-line by a variety of Operating Systems).

[4] Why do the pictures look strange?
If one particular picture posted to this group looks faulty, but the
rest of them look fine, then its most likely a problem with that
particular picture, or with the poster's Usenet program. But if
*all* the pictures look bad, then your Usenet reader may be set to
display messages in a proportional font (see Question 5).

* If there are a lot of almost-blank lines in the picture, then
the message is probably suffering from `wrapping'. This
wrapping may be being done by your newsreader; see if it has an
option called `wrap long lines' or similar, and make sure it is
turned off. If this doesn't work, then the wrapping was probably
done by the news program of the person who sent the picture, in
which case there's not much you can do -- everybody else will be
seeing the same thing.

* If there are a lot of < and > symbols in the picture, with
words like HTML, FONT COLOR, B, I, and so on inside them, then
the picture has been sent in HTML format and your newsreader
does not understand HTML (most newsreaders don't).

[5] What font do you use for ASCII art?
ASCII art is created using a fixed-width font (like on a traditional
typewriter), because this is the only way to make it portable.
However, several Usenet readers now display messages in a
proportional font (where different characters are different widths).

The following two lines tell you which kind of font you're using.
The arrow ends up in a different place for different font types and
is right most of the time:

You are using a [Proportional] [Monospaced] font
................................. --^--

Also, to see what your program is doing, look at these two lines:
If they look the same length, you're using a fixed-width font and
all should be ok. If the second line is longer than the first, you
need to change your settings to use a fixed-width font.

In Netscape Messenger, this option is set in
Edit > Preferences > Mail & Newsgroups.
In Outlook Express, the option is set in
View > Options > Fonts (see Question 20)
In Forte Agent, the option is set in
Options > Display Preferences > Fonts
and Free Agent, the option is set in
Options > General Preferences > Fonts
The AOL newsreader can not, at the time of writing,
display Usenet messages in a fixed-width font at all.

Detailed information on how to configure other Usenet readers is
available at the:
ASCII-Art Documentation Archive (see the beginning of this FAQ).
If all else fails, copy the text of the picture from
your program and paste it into a text editor (such as Notepad).
It's a hassle, but at least you'll get to see the pictures.

[6] What program do you use for ASCII art?
You can create ASCII art in any text editor, [jorn barger]
such as: Notepad in Windows,
SimpleText or BBEdit in MacOS,
nedit, vi, vim, or pico in Unix, _+m"m+_
BEd or AZ in AmigaOS, edit in DOS, Jp qh
or any of the various Emacs editors. O O
Yb dY
A 'quick-start' program for learning "Y5m2Y"
is JavE, a free Java program, that can be
obtained from:-

Some editors have features which make them more
suitable for ASCII art than others, but that is
largely a matter of personal opinion. Features which
are both useful for ASCII art and available in many
text editors, include the following:-

* Overtype, also known as overstrike: removes the need for
you to constantly realign characters using the Backspace,
Space, and Delete keys. Try the Insert key if there is one
on your keyboard, or your program's Options or Preferences.

* Rectangular copy and paste: allows you to select rectangular
sections of text (not just rows or parts of rows). On programs
which have this feature, it is usually done by holding down a
key such as Ctrl while selecting text.

* Find/Change: allows you to change all the characters of one
value to another (eg: change all the ~s to "s).

[7] How do I draw my own ASCII art?
Unfortunately, there aren't many text books on the subject. :-)
A good way to learn is to study how someone has made a picture.
What characters are chosen and how the characters are laid out.
How a texture is made.

########:::::::::::######## The best way to learn is to Practise.
#########:::::::::######### Draw your cat, your toaster, your
##########:::::::########## partner, your musical instruments,
###########,---.########### anything that will sit still long
##########/`---'########## enough. Practice makes, if not
#########/ ######### perfect, then at least pretty good.
########/ ######## Whether you do small drawings (less
#######:`-._____.-':####### work involved) or large ones (easier
######::::: ( ) |::::###### to make recognizable) is up to you.
#####:::::: ) ( o:::::##### If you're interested in tutorials,
####::::: .-(_)-. :::::#### there are many available from the
###:::::: '=====' ::::::### ASCII-art Documentation Archive.
A good way to begin drawing is to `"-.
type a row of spaces for however ) _`-.
wide you want your picture, and , : `.
then copy this row and paste it : _ '
for however many rows high you ; *` _. `--._
think the picture will get. `-.-' `-.
Turn Overtype on and place the | ` `.
cursor somewhere in the middle :. .
and begin drawing. This can save | . : .-' .
using Delete, Backspace, Enter : )-.; ; / :
and Space-bar keystrokes. : ; | : : ;-.
Saving this empty `canvas' as a ; / : |`-: _ `- )
read-only file for future use can ,-' / ,-' ; .-`- .' `--'
save you even more time later. `--' `---' `---' bug

Another method is by tracing a picture either onto clear-plastic
and sticking it onto the screen then opening an editor to trace
under or using an editor which allows the loading of a background
image to trace over, a process known as `water-mark'.

You can also modify existing art. Take a piece of art you think
could be improved. Make a copy. Now work on it. When you are
good at that, try to improve a really good pic. Then see if you
can fix a damaged file. Now take some small pics and put them
together into a big composite image.

When drawing ASCII art be aware that there are a few characters
that differ in size, shape and position among fonts:
' apostrophe -- tilts southwest-northeast or vertical
^ caret -- differs in size and shape
~ tilde -- appears in the middle or top
I aye -- straight line in sans-serif, with strokes in serif
try using the vertical bar (|) instead.
# hash -- hash symbol on most, currency on some old computers.

[8] Can someone do me some kewl lettering?
There is a program called Figlet which does that sort of thing
automatically -- you type in `Jane Smith', and you get back

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( / ( o _/_ /
/ __, _ _ `. _ _ , / /_
_/_(_/(_/ /_(/_ (___)/ / /_(_(__/ /_

in this and a whole lot of other fonts (see Question 9).
The ASCII art text produced by Figlet can be quite stunning,
so try it first before asking for help from the newsgroups.

IF, however, Figlet doesn't produce the kind of results you want,
THEN post to alt.ascii-art or rec.arts.ascii with your request and
ensure that you include:
* that you have already tried Figlet or don't have access to it
otherwise you will probably just get told to use it.
* a description of the kind of lettering you want, along with
any other symbols or logos which you would like incorporated
into it.

[9] Where can I find Figlet ?
The Figlet home page is at:-
and links to the FTP site:-
where you can download versions of the program or source-code
for many different platforms.

You can run Figlet on the Web by going to one of the following sites
and choosing your text and options on the Web page. Different sites
offer different options (e.g. multiple fonts at once, justification,
and limited line length). Some of these sites also provide an e-mail
Figlet service for people with browsers which don't support forms.


[10] Can I copy or post that ASCII picture for myself?
/ Don't assume that if somebody posts
| | something to a Usenet group, that gives
|.| you the right to use it however you like,
|.| copyright laws still apply.
|:| __ For more information, see the article:-
,_|:|_, / ) Copyright Myths FAQ:
(Oo / _I_ `10 big myths about copyright explained'
+ || __| in news:news.announce.newusers.
/.:.- It is also available at:-
|.:. /-----
/ |:<_T_>:| Generally, ASCII artists don't mind
|_____ ::: / if you copy their pictures and
| | :/ re-post them or put them on your own
| | | | Web site, as long as you don't
[nosig] / | __ make any money out of them.
/ | ____
Here are a few important considerations:-

* If the picture contains a few letters in one corner which don't
seem to be part of the picture, they're the artist's initials.
DO NOT remove these initials -- would you cut away the part of
a Van Gogh painting containing his name? Leaving the initials
on is a small price to pay for being able to use the picture
for free.

* If you're going to use a picture in your signature file, or in
a place (such as a log-in screen) which means you're going to
be using it a lot, you should really e-mail the artist (or post
to the newsgroup, if you don't know their address) and ask for
permission, because otherwise people may get the mistaken
impression that you were the one who drew the picture.

* If you find a picture you want to use, or post, but it doesn't
have initials on it, a common method of marking has been to use
the tag: Unknown. More recently the tag: [nosig] has been used.

As for posting other people's ASCII art,
after a discussion in news:alt.ascii-art _ ___
the following rules were agreed upon: #_~`--'__ `===-,
1. If an ASCII ART picture has initials `.`. `#.,//
on it, leave them on when posting it ,__ ## #
2. If an ASCII ART picture doesn't have `__.__ `####
initials on it, mention that you ~~ ,###'~
didn't draw it when posting it. ##'
3. If somebody posts a picture without [nosig]
initials and you have an original copy
with initials on, feel free to re-post the original version.
* The re-post ought not to be taken personally, as we all
know that ASCII art often loses proper credits.
Responses to the re-post are not necessary.

One contributor, name of Krogg, suggested the following:

1.) Ultra polite:...ya make yer own ascii and use it.
2.) Very polite:...Ya contact the author and ask if ya
can use it...
3.) polite:...Ya use it but you keep the Credits
in there like they should be.
4.) rude:...Ya use it and strip credits.
5.) Very rude:...Ya use it and claim that it Is
_Your_ very own creation...

You choose ... I think the default choice is #3 but you should
make up yer own mind....

[11] What way works best to ask for a picture of something?
Give your request the subject: `REQ:' or `[req]'
Whatever you're looking for a picture of, in the message describe
more exactly what you're looking for. Generally, the more specific
you are, the more likely you are to get some response.
If you just say something like:
`can someone draw me a fish, please'
then you may not get many replies, because people may not know
what size or feel they're wasting their time by drawing something
you won't want. If you don't have Web access, mention this fact,
otherwise you may get replies consisting only of URLs for the
kind of pictures you're looking for.
If someone is rude back to you directly, then please be patient,
since it may just be a troll trying to wind you up.
.' )) __-:!:- If you have a picture
.' .' )) and want it Ascii-fied
((__,' .' .ASCII! -:!:- see Question 14 and 15.
-:!:- ((__,'^*

[12] What should I know before posting to alt.ascii-art?
It doesn't matter if your ASCII art isn't particularly good; we'd
like to see it anyway. We won't be rude about it (although you'd
better tell us what it is, or we might ask :-), but if it shows
potential, you may find that other people will `re-diddle' it --
change a few characters, make it a bit better, and re-post it.

HOWEVER, there are a few things you should check before you
post to news:alt.ascii-art any piece of ASCII art
(see also Question 13).

* Are you sending it as PLAIN TEXT?
Turn off "send MIME message" and select "PLAIN TEXT only".

* Is it under 72 characters wide? Most news readers can only show
lines which are under either 72, 76, or 80 characters wide, so
if your picture is wider than 72 characters it may get wrapped
[see Question 4]. Also remove any unnecessary space characters
from the end of each line of the picture, to prevent lines from
being too long (and getting wrapped) without your realizing.

* If it IS over 72 characters wide?
Then a warning in the subject line [wide:110] or whatever the
original picture width and Check Your Post Output Line-Wrap
settings. [for Outlook see Question 20]
Previous versions of this FAQ used a system to prefix posts
such as: [pic] [info] [req] [big] which may be used as a guide
when providing warnings.

* Have you used any TAB characters or Control Codes?
Inserting control codes (ASCII characters 0 to 31) in a picture
can sometimes achieve interesting effect on your computer screen
or news reader, such as reversing text or changing its colour.
DO NOT post any of these pictures to news:alt.ascii-art, post to instead for two reasons:-

1. the effects that the control codes have on your news reader
are almost certainly going to be different from those on
the thousands of other news readers that other people use

2. on some news readers, control codes can cause messed up
displays, messages not appearing, or (in some cases) the
news reader crashing.

* If your first line starts with one or more spaces, stick a
dummy line (such as -- or .) above it, to prevent the spaces
from being ignored by your news program (this only applies to
some news programs, and only to the first line of the

If you're not sure about whether your message will turn out ok,
post it to a test group (such as news:alt.test or news:misc.test)
first and make sure that you can read it ok, also using a different
newsreader, if you can.

[See Question 10 for advice on posting someone else's ASCII art.]

[13] What to NOT post to alt.ascii-art? [da roolz]
[13.1] ASCII art is a very simple medium.

/ / / / / / / /
/ / / / __ / /_ /
/ o / /
_ _ _ _
___ (~ )( ~) The following List of Items (~ )( ~) ___
/ _ / / should NOT be posted to / /_/
| D_ ] / the Usenet groups:- / /[ _G |
| D _]/ / /[_ G |
___/ / / news:alt.ascii-art / / ___/
mark (_ )( _) news:alt.ascii-art.animation (_ )( _) JavE
~ ~ news:alt.ascii-art.endless.blabla ~ ~

NOTE: supports posting of ASCII
software tools or fonts (in ZIP format) and binary images
of ASCII or other FontSet (in GIF format) and any other
ASCII art related material, but no Spam, in relation to
discussions in the alt.ascii-art newsgroups.
Use the subject header: [abpa] for easy identification.

-= List of Items =-

* Binaries, Trojans, Zombies, Virus, Spam.

* ANSI,`extended ASCII' or `high ASCII', and non-Western font art.
Post it to news:rec.arts.ascii (see Section[13.2]).
Many computer systems have an extended character set of 256 or
more characters, based on the ANSI, Unicode or BIG5 character
sets and having the first 128 characters possibly identical to
ASCII. These characters should not be sent to news:alt.ascii-art
because many computer system types do not display them properly,
even those that do, do not display them in a standard way, for
example, the Windows ANSI character set is different to the
Macintosh ANSI character set. Capture and send a GIF of it to or put it on a Web page and
post a reference to it to news:alt.ascii-art.

* HTML (HyperText Markup Language) which Web pages are written in
can be read by some Usenet readers, particularly those built-in
to Web browsers, allowing colours and animations in ASCII art,
however, few newsreaders support it and to many appears as a
jumble of and are totally unrecognizable,
If you have a picture which uses HTML for a particular feature
such as colors or animation, put it on a Web page and post
the URL address of the page to news:alt.ascii-art.

* JAVA, JavaScript, Flash, GIF or whatever animated ASCII art.
This relies, not only on the newsreader being able to display
HTML, but also being able to run Java or JavaScript.
Put it on a Web page and post the address to
news:alt.ascii-art.animation and news:alt.ascii-art

* Proportional Font ASCII art screws up on many readers' displays
Post it to news:rec.arts.ascii (see Section[13.2]).
Send a GIF of it to or put it
on a Web page and post a reference to it to news:alt.ascii-art

Finally, do not use any control codes, non-ASCII characters,
or word-processor-type formatting in your postings. These are
particular to your editor or computer system they will almost
certainly not have the intended effect on the systems the rest
of us use (they may even crash some Usenet readers).

[13.2] What can I post to rec.arts.ascii?

/ / / / / / / / / /
/_ / / /_ / / / /
/ / o / o / /

The official charter for rec.arts.ascii, as sent in the newsgroup
control message, is:

The group news:rec.arts.ascii will be an appropriate group for
postings to include, but not be limited to, the following:

o All forms of ASCII art including, but not limited to:
- Standard ASCII art.
- Animations.
- ANSI color graphics.
o Discussion about pieces of art.
o Requests for specific pieces of art, and their fulfilment.
o Questions and answers covering:
- Creating and viewing ASCII art.
- Locating FTP sites for ASCII art and related files.
o Discussion about artists in the field.

rec.arts.ascii is a moderated group meaning that all posts are
reviewed before being sent to the group. That work is done by a
robo-moderator which filters Spam and checks the posts have the
correct format before approving them. It can also target a
specific poster's traffic for human moderator approval.

Subjects must be tagged either:
[PIC] for pictures
[REQ] for requests for others to draw pictures
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[14] I have a picture and I would like it Asciified?
In this case, post a request to news:alt.ascii-art asking for
someone to `asciify' it, but
to save downloading time for people reading the messages,
if possible give the URL (Web address) of the picture instead.

If you saw the picture on a Web page, you can find out its URL by
right-clicking on it (on the Macintosh, right-clicking,
Ctrl-clicking, or holding down the mouse button) and selecting
`Open this image' (or its equivalent for your Web browser), then
copy the URL from the Location bar to your news program (make sure
you copy it exactly).

If the picture is not on a Web site anywhere, put it up on your own
site (if you have one), or get a friend to put it up on their site,
and post the URL to alt.ascii-art. If you can't do this, post your
request to the newsgroups and wait for someone to reply, then post
the picture to or e-mail to them.

[15] How do I convert a picture to ASCII art?
[15.1] programs:
There are computer programs available which convert graphics files
of a variety of formats (often GIF) to ASCII art. They go by names
such as ascgif, gifa, gifscii, and gif2ascii. Do a Web search for
any of these programs to find places where you can download them.

gopher:// <== new Many think that you just put a GIF into a converter program and out comes a perfect ASCII pic. Here are some things you can do to improve the chances of getting a good conversion:- o Use an 8 bit grey scale or color image instead of a 2 bit B&W. o Use an image with a wide, even distribution of tones. o Keep it simple, like a face or close-up of an object. o Avoid busy backgrounds. Generally avoid bright backgrounds. o Use an image that is tightly cropped, without a lot of waste. o Be prepared to quickly run through a series of conversions, you will probably not like 9 to 11 out of 12. o It helps to do touch-up work on the converted picture, concentrate on the focal points and important areas. [15.2] tracing: Another method is by tracing a picture, either onto clear-plastic and sticking it onto the screen then opening an editor to trace under or using an editor which allows the loading of a background image to trace over, a process known as `water-mark'. [15.3] image2html: There are computer programs and web-servers available which convert graphics files of a variety of formats (often GIF) to HTML colored TEXT art for use on web-pages. Do a quick search on your favourite web search-engine. ======================================================================== [16] How do I put ASCII art on a webpage? ======================================================================== HTML, the language used in Web pages, can display ASCII art using the "pre-formatted text" tags


like this:-

Ascii art on a webpage<br /> </tile><br /> </head><br /> <body></p> <pre> .----------------------------------------. : __ : : =='_)) __-:!:- (your ascii here) : : ,.' .' ))-:!:- : : ((_,' .'-:!:- : : ~^~~~^~~^~~~^~ : `----------------------------------------' </pre> <p> </body><br /> </html></p> <p> HTML can be used to add special effects such as colours, font size,<br /> and blinking text. For full instructions on how to do this see:-</p> <p></p> <p>========================================================================<br /> [17] What should I know about signature files?<br /> ========================================================================<br /> A signature file (or `sig' for short; not to be confused with the<br /> initials added to an ASCII picture) is a small, personalized text<br /> file which an e-mail or news program can add to the end of every<br /> message a person sends -- the equivalent of a letterhead for dead<br /> tree (paper) mail (or snail-mail). Usually it contains little more<br /> than the person's name, organization and e-mail address, maybe an<br /> inspirational quote of some sort and some people like to incorporate<br /> ASCII art into their signature files as well.</p> <p> _ _ _ _ _ _ ___ ___ |/ ____ |/<br /> | | | ___| | (_) | | __/ __| @~/ ,. ~@<br /> |_ _|___| |__| | .` | _|__ /_( __/ )_ Mike<br /> |_| |____|_|_|_|___|___/[Figlet] __U_/ Jittlov</p> <p> The lack of importance in relation to global warming, violence in<br /> society, and so on, can be the subject of heated arguments. To be<br /> brief, (almost) no-one will complain if your signature file is four<br /> lines long or fewer -- and it is quite possible to draw good ASCII<br /> pictures which are that small.<br /> _______________________________________________<br /> (@) (@) `) There are a lot of web-pages on this with )<br /> ^ < > ^ ( google search ascii sig. _______)<br /> === `----Richard James-----------------'</p> <p> Some e-mail/news programs don't allow you to have a signature file<br /> which is longer than four lines, while others just complain. Five or<br /> six lines may be acceptable, but any longer, and you're starting to<br /> take the risk that your signature will be longer than some of your<br /> e-mail messages; this wouldn't really make sense on paper, so it<br /> isn't really acceptable in cyberspace either. The exception is in<br /> messages posted to news:alt.ascii-art itself -- we're used to seeing<br /> long sigs, so we won't complain.</p> <p> -'*((,,.-'*((,,.-'*((,,.-'*((,,.-'*((,,.-'*((,,.-'*((,,.-</p> <p> But, no matter what the length of your signature, make sure it's<br /> fewer than 72 characters wide, otherwise it may end up a horrible<br /> mess (see Question 8).</p> <p>========================================================================<br /> [18] What is ascii-animation?<br /> ========================================================================<br /> An animated image produced by a sequence of changing ASCII pictures.<br /> The speed will depend on the system you are using.<br /> -----------------------------------------------------------------<br /> o o / _ o __| / |__ o _ o / o<br /> /| | / __o o | o/ o/__ / | /|<br /> / / | /) | ( /o / ) | ( / | / /<br /> -----------------------------------------------------------------<br /> Ascii-Animation transports vary a lot. The earliest known portable<br /> types used the Control-Codes of the (often .VT or .ANS) terminal<br /> screens for either `paging' or `direct cursor addressing'.<br /> Sometimes found as c-code in .sigs, which, when compiled and run<br /> produce moving patterns or images.<br /> -----------------------------------------------------------------<br /> o _ _ _<br /> _o /_ _ o (_)__/o (_)<br /> _< _ _>(_) (_)/<_ _| _|/' / (_)>(_) (_) (_) (_) (_)' _o_<br /> -----------------------------------------------------------------<br /> -Animation uses Java or Javascript.</p> <p> * To find out how to animate ASCII art using JavaScript, see:-<br /><br /></p> <p> * To find out how to animate ASCII art using Java, see:-<br /><br /></p> <p>========================================================================<br /> [19] What does ObAscii mean?<br /> ========================================================================<br /> ObAscii = Obligatory Ascii</p> <p> Obligatory: [adj] compulsory (of a ruling) having binding force</p> <p> Ascii: [slang] ascii-art picture</p> <p> A funny way to remind people to put a drawing in their post.</p> <p> This means an ascii in every post! (especially off-topic threads)<br /> Failure to comply can result in flaming! This implies that if you<br /> don't include an ascii in your post you deserve to get flamed!</p> <p> ====================================================================<br /> The concept of ObAscii has been around since the creation of the<br /> usenet group news:alt.ascii-art and it's purpose is to provide some<br /> on-topic content to an otherwise off-topic posting.</p> <p> ====================================================================<br /> *NOT* The 1st ever! ObAscii :<br /> ====================================================================<br /> From: Matthew Thomas<br /> Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 13:50:09 +1300<br /> Organization: University of (opinions are my own)</p> <p> ^<br /> ,' [snip - 3rd party flame ]<br /> L""/<br /> ` | BOLLOCKS!!!<br /> J |<br /> J L I am staying out of this as much as<br /> | | . , possible, Colin, because I really ...<br /> | | `v_L.'<br /> // ,>'--'_ :.<br /> `' - /-. [snip - rant/rave]<br /> / /`""| :.<br /> ),' `-<br /> ( ,-' Anyway, I think a lot of this<br /> ) ,' ,' h flaming would decrease if everyone<br /> / / / `)--.. was required to post a (different)<br /> / / <) obligatory ASCII pic in each message < , L<' -- at the very least, it would slow F/ _/ ,' the flames down. L ,-' | ___L So, to start the trend, here's my / ( F J ___,' L ObAscii: the Statue of Liberty. | ,' | F ,' | (_,--..__ mt-2|_ ,' `"`--.._ ,' / / (_ [snip - .sig of Matthew Thomas] ======================================================================== [20] The ASCII Art Rough-Guide to m$.Outlook? ======================================================================== Microsoft's Outlook Express program has a number of flaws, including * deleting spaces from the beginning of lines, and * inserting the word `file://' in unexpected places which make it very difficult when using it for ASCII art. Whether these are bugs or features we don't know and a registry patch to fix some of the flaws in Outlook Express is available from the ADA. ==================================================================== How to get rid of blue-lines in OE5: 1. Press the decode button twice when viewing a blue-struck image. Because, after ROT13, OE will not parse links and so 2 x ROT13 returns everything back to normal, but without the blue lines. 2. Create a button in your toolbar so you can do it quickly. In OE 5.5-6.0 the URL parsing code is slightly better and doesn't foul as many images as previous versions. ==================================================================== How to stop Ms.Outlook giving wrapped output or the ascii-art you are sending is wider than 72 characters: 1. Tools menu 2. Options 3. Send 4. Both of these Mail and News format 5. Plain text settings ____ 6. Automatically wrap text at |____| ==================================================================== How to set your Outlook Express 6 to view ASCII art correctly: 1. On the TOOLS menu, click OPTIONS 2. Select the READ tab 3. International settings 4. "Use default encoding for all incoming messages" [tick] 5. Set the FONTS to display as western european. set both the PROPORTIONAL font and FIXED-WIDTH font to LUCIDA CONSOLE, and FONT SIZE to SMALLER 6. Click OK, then OK again. ==================================================================== How to set your Outlook Express 5 to view ASCII art correctly: 1. On the TOOLS menu, click OPTIONS 2. Select the READ tab 3. Click the FONTS button near the bottom of the box 4. For the languages UNICODE, WESTERN EUROPEAN and USER DEFINED set both the PROPORTIONAL font and FIXED-WIDTH font to LUCIDA CONSOLE, and FONT SIZE to SMALLER 5. Click OK, then OK again. ==================================================================== How to set your Outlook Express 4 to view ASCII art correctly: 1. On the TOOLS menu, click OPTIONS 2. Select the READ tab 3. Click the FONTS button near the bottom of the box 4. For the languages UNIVERSAL ALPHABET, USER DEFINED and WESTERN set both the PROPORTIONAL font and FIXED-WIDTH font to LUCIDA CONSOLE, and FONT SIZE to SMALLER 5. Click OK, then OK again. ==================================================================== NOTE : If LUCIDA CONSOLE is not available as a font, pick another from the list of available FIXED-WIDTH fonts. Examples of fixed-width fonts 1. ANDALE MONO commonly available with 2. COURIER NEW 3. LUCIDA CONSOLE 4. LUCIDA SANS TYPEWRITER 5. OCR A EXTENDED If you have followed the above steps correctly, you should now be able to view and create ASCII art as it should be. ======================================================================== [21] Where do I find ASCII art pictures, tutorials and information? ======================================================================== There are a number of ASCII art Usenet groups:- news:alt.ascii-art news:alt.ascii-art.animation news:alt.ascii-art.endless.blabla news:rec.arts.ascii are English-speaking ones that are widely used. alt.ascii-art [original ASCII art discussion group] alt.ascii-art.animation [is about animating ASCII art] alt.ascii-art.endless.blabla [an off-topic follow-up troll-trap] [ASCII art sofware/image drop-zone] rec.arts.ascii [primary moderated ASCII art group] Lots of ASCII artists put up libraries of their own and others' ASCII art on their Web sites, as well as tutorials on how to draw ASCII art: The DMOZ Open Directory Project ASCII art sites: Allen Mullen has links to many of these sites at: The Ascii-Art Dictionary at: The Ascii-Art dot com at: The Ascii-Art Document Archive (address as listed in the header) There is an on-line panel of experts at: The ASCIItorium And webrings: Also IRCascii.8bit: ( (irc.efnet#ascii) </code></p> </div><!-- .entry-content --> <footer class="entry-meta"> <span class="cat-links"><span class="screen-reader-text">Categories </span><a href="" rel="category tag">ASCII Text Art</a>, <a href="" rel="category tag">Creative Fat Grrl</a></span><span class="tags-links"><span class="screen-reader-text">Tags </span><a href="" rel="tag">arts</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">ASCII art</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">characters</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">computers</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">graphic</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">people</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">signature</a></span> </footer><!-- .entry-meta --> </div><!-- .inside-article --> </article><!-- #post-## --> <nav id="nav-below" class="paging-navigation"> <h6 class="screen-reader-text">Post navigation</h6> <div class="nav-previous"><span class="prev" title="Previous"><a href="" >Older posts</a></span></div> <div class="nav-links"><span class='page-numbers current'>1</span> <a class='page-numbers' href=''>2</a> <span class="page-numbers dots">…</span> <a class='page-numbers' href=''>4</a> <a class="next page-numbers" href="">Next →</a></div> </nav><!-- #nav-below --> </main><!-- #main --> </section><!-- #primary --> <div id="right-sidebar" itemtype="" itemscope="itemscope" role="complementary" class="widget-area grid-25 tablet-grid-25 grid-parent sidebar"> <div class="inside-right-sidebar"> <aside id="categories-3" class="widget inner-padding widget_categories"><h4 class="widget-title">Categories</h4> <ul> <li class="cat-item cat-item-11792"><a href="" >Animals</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-11713"><a href="" >ANSI Art</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-10"><a href="" title="Illustration: drawing, digital photography, doodling, cartooning, and graphic arts.">Art and Illustration</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-11521"><a href="" >ASCII Art</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-11545"><a href="" >ASCII Art FAQ</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-11716"><a href="" >ASCII Art Gallery</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-11522"><a href="" >ASCII Art History</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-11523"><a href="" >ASCII Art Ideas</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-11518"><a href="" >ASCII Text Art</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-4628"><a href="" >Astrology and Personality Quizes</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-6209"><a href="" >BBW and BHM</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-7651"><a href="" >Birthday</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-8561"><a href="" >Books and Reading</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-5"><a href="" >Canadian</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-4610"><a href="" >Chandeliers</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-4600"><a href="" >Christmas</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-4611"><a href="" >Cooking and Baking</a> </li> <li class="cat-item cat-item-16"><a href="" title="Creative arts and crafts including sewing, drawing and writing. 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