Kaoani is a Japanese smiley face, usually animated and bouncing up and down. They may be gif images or text art images. I think they began as text art, using Japanese fonts, and become graphic images using animation.
Screen capture from SmilChat.
Original link – http://www.krysalyn.com/ascii.html
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.
Source – LiveJournal: Asskey-Artist
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.
Found on a long gone ASCII collection with the Wayback Machine. A real shame the artist is unknown. I like architecture/ buildings in ASCII art and especially something old, done well.
I started working on a raccoon but I’ve only had his head done for a long time. I got impatient and went looking to see what others have done. So this raccoon is a combination of my own head and the bodies of two other ASCII raccoons. Credit given with the initials.
I am going to start from scratch for my own raccoon. At least I didn’t leave this guy headless!