Related Art Styles

This happy castle flashed by in a video about posting ASCII art found on Facebook Craze. Clash of Clans-Fun art! - YouTube. I had to go back to it and pause the video so I could get a screen shot. Such a nice, simple design. Not so easy to modify this text art into actual ASCII art but I may try with this one. It won't look the same but it may be able to keep some of the cuteness from the original.
Santa arrives via Model 19 Radio Teletype (1940s). By Museum of Communications, Seattle on christmas eve 2013. Full video + More Radio Teletype art.
I found a forgotten Blogspot blog:  Tales of a Typewriter Artist  An abandoned site from the typewriter artist, Keira Rathbone. She has a new site, a better site too. But, it is kind of sad to see this poor derelict creation. There isn't much there and it looks worse for wear without the original background image showing. I often look at abandoned sites. (I'm an urban explorer). I like seeing what was built and created and then look at the story of where people went on from there. How does the old site hang on with weathering (even when it's not actual outside elements but just missing files and link rot). Tales of a Keyboard Artist would not work as a great title for an ASCII art site. People would assume is was about music. But, it will be ok for a post to the memory of a defunct blog. The link I gave to the old blog is through the Wayback Machine. I added the link to those saved and archived there. It was not already there.
The Japanese ASCII art site has some really great images. This night sky could be done in standard North American style but would not be as pretty. (Maybe).
It's surprising that ANSI art isn't far more popular than it is. Instead, only a small group of old gamers, artists and musicians seem to know about it at all. Many people confuse ANSI art with ASCII art when they see it. ANSI art uses all of the keyboard characters including those you can't see on the computer keyboard itself. You can access these extra keyboard characters with the right extra codes and the alt keys. I don't make ANSI art myself. I like the puzzle of dealing with plain text. But I do admire all the colour of ANSI art. It used to aggravate me when people would post text art and claim it was ASCII art when anyone could plainly see there were all kinds of keyboard characters in there, above and beyond the limits of ASCII characters. Now, I've become a little more understanding and I see how there is confusion about ANSI art versus ASCII art. So let me make it clear. ANSI art uses everything you can get out of your keyboard. ASCII art only uses the standard keyboard characters - if you can't type it without hitting more than just the shift key, it is not ASCII art. I hope that helps to clear the whole ANSI/ ASCII thing up.

Get to Know ANSI Art

ANSI art is a computer art form that was used on BBSes (Bulletin Board Systems) in the 1980's. Like ASCII art, but it is constructed from a larger set of 256 letters, numbers, and symbols. ANSI art (extended ASCII) also contains special ANSI escape sequences that colour text with the 16 foreground and 8 background colours offered by ANSI.SYS. Some ANSI artists create animations, commonly referred to as ANSImations. ANSI art and text files which incorporate ANSI codes carry the .ANS file extension. ANSI art was used for games like MUDs (multi user dungeons), computer hackers, crackers and demoscene (which was about sound music, ANSI art, creativity and competition). ANSI artists released their finished artwork in files which they call packs. ANSI art is considerably more flexible than ASCII art. The particular character set it uses contains symbols intended for drawing, such as box-drawing, shading, mathematical symbols, card suits, characters used in languages other than standard English, and block characters that dither foreground and background colour. With clever use of the shading characters, ANSI artists could mix two colours and create more shades from them. The popularity of ANSI art encouraged the creation ANSI editors, some are still maintained today. The decline of BBSes and DOS made it difficult to view ANSI animations. So ANSI art has lost popularity and become retro, geeky or old fashioned and out dated.

Try Creating Your Own ANSI Art

ANSI art is pretty exceptional. Do you feel inspired to give it a try? There are still a few software programs which will help you create graphics/ images/ pictures with ANSI art. Explore the links I've added here, read the reviews and suggestions from the ANSI artists and then pick which ever software gives you the best tutorial on how to get started and where to go from there.

ANSI Art Links

I used to label all the Japanese ASCII art as ANSI art and just click on by. It was a snobby attitude, but I was trying to keep the standards of ASCII art - which is so often confused or cheated on with ANSI art and assorted other versions of text art which don't stick to the standard keyboard characters, no frills.Since my early days as an ASCII artist I have learned the Japanese ASCII art is not ANSI art, it really is in a category of it's own. But, there is an element of ANSI (using every and any keyboard character) thrown in.

SJIS is Japanese ASCII Art

Japanese ASCII art images are created from characters within the Shift JIS character set, intended for Japanese usage. So, Japanese ASCII art is usually called Shift JIS, abbreviated to SJIS or AA, meaning ASCII art. However, it's not typical/ standard ASCII art because it uses characters outside of those standard for ASCII text art. Shift JIS uses not only the ASCII character set, but also Japanese characters such as Kanji. Since there are thousands of Japanese characters, the images have more variety to them. However, they need to be viewed in the right font. Unlike traditional ASCII art (which works best with a monospaced font) Shift JIS art is designed around the proportional-width MS PGothic font supplied with Microsoft Windows. However, many characters used in Shift JIS art are the same width. This led to the development of the free Mona Font where each character is the same width as its counterpart in MS PGothic. SIJS art, like ANSI art and sometimes ASCII art, can be used to create animated text images using Adobe Flash files and animated GIFs. Shift_JIS has become popular and has even made its way into mainstream media and commercial advertising in Japan.

Sources for Japanese ASCII Art

The Mona Font

Mona Font is the  Japanese proportional font used to view Japanese text art.
Unicode Twitter Text Art to Create and then Post on Twitter I began noticing Twitter text art in 2010. I thought it was nice... but most of it was patterns and designs and I wasn't too interested. A few months later I found there were people making pictures as well. That was more interesting. As an ASCII text artist I like seeing how text can be used to create new art. So I researched this new art and found artists, more art and some information about how it all works. It's different from ASCII art. It doesn't use the standard ASCII art characters, it includes ANSI art characters. Plus using Twitter makes the artists work within the 140 character limit and the spacing has to fit with how Twitter works too. You don't have limitless width or height.

How to make #TwitterArt By tw1tt3rart

Twitter Art Links

TwitClipArt: Twitter Drawings Library
Twitclipart is an art library of symbols to use on Twitter to describe emotions, events, games and more.
Twitterartist's Blog
Twitter artist's blog.
Twitter artist's blog.
Small Twitter arts of text symbols - fsymbols
Small text art pictures that fit into Twitter. Sometimes referred to as Twitter art, or ASCII art.
Create and post Twitter text art.
Zdnet Downloads | Keyboard Pro
Keyboard Pro helps you create unique texts in seconds! Also has a pay version.

Twitter Artists on Twitter

These are people who post almost nothing on Twitter - except Twitter text art. You can pick one of these Twitter artists and spend an afternoon finding more and more art and artists linking to and from their accounts on Twitter.This list is just a starting point - in no way is it all inclusive.
JM Thellan
Andrea Pacione