Originally, I published this on HubPages. But, due to their rules I have decided not to post any of my own ASCII art there now. (They don't want any watermarks or other artist credits on the image). So, here for posterity, if nothing else, is that post fromĀ 08/25/11.
I began making my own ASCII Art in 1998 on Usenet. We had a good group of ASCII artists and those who just enjoyed seeing the creations on alt.ascii-art. You can still read the old newsgroups, now part of Google Groups. I don't remember what my very first ASCII art creation was. I know it was disappointing. I wanted to create something beautiful and elegant. Instead it was choppy looking and clunky. But, I didn't give up. Thanks to the others in the group who didn't let me think I couldn't do it. After awhile I began making ASCII art dragons. These were not big dragons and they were not quite the dragons I wanted to create. I had planned to make more of them but, life changes and the ASCII art dragons got left on a back burner. I may yet work on finishing them. I had planned to create ASCII art dragons for each holiday, at least one a month.
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.
Posted by mistfunk on Instagram. Based on Godzilla in ASCII Art