Source - LiveJournal: Asskey-Artist

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.

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
I found this while looking for inspiration for an ASCII art phoenix. Very nice work. Little Dragon Little Phoenix - by Nico Niemi from dragons Then I found more by the same artist, Nicole Niemi. She has a very large gallery on the site. Fantasy art with dragons, mermaids, some unicorns, gryphons and a lot of big eyed girls too. Little Treasures - by Nico Niemi from dragons
It looks like a gargoyle dragon to me. I like the face. The body is harder to figure out. I'd use it as an ASCII art dragon but I'd have to put my own spin on it to get the details for everything but the head itself.
Ring probably made for a man, but a woman can also wear it. Very strong Antique vintage ring for man or woman. 14k yellow gold, cabochon chrysoprase. Made in China circa 1920-40. Chinese design. The entire ring is moulded as a dragon on one side that metamorphosizes into a snake on the other side. The heads are on either side of the bezel, which contains a colette-set cabochon chrysoprase, looking like jade and is a deep green color. The dragon and snake are modelled in high relief with marvellous detail such as the bulgy temple-god eyes of the dragon and the tongues of both snake and dragon. Curling tendrils and flaring fire from the mouth of both of these animals. The legs seem to crawl and creep around the shank of the ring and to hold the gem, which is like a huge egg. The shank formed partly by the bodies of the animals.
via - Antique Vintage Chinese Ring Dragon Snake Gold Chrysoprase Man / Woman (Update - the link is broken).  
 The ASCII-ART comic by Henry Lowengard Some of the files have become corrupted, I think. It's jumbled but with a comic it might be intentional.
Postcards in ASCII art are on my to-do list too.