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
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
A few examples of ASCII art can also be seen in the section on
email signatures. More
information can be found in the ASCII
Descriptive ASCII. Descriptive ASCII is a variant of ASCII
art that describes a word or phrase by positioning of ASCII text. A few classic
examples are shown below.