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.
Emoticons leading to a dedicated signature. Using emoticons (text smileys) to create a character, Sigmund Freud, in this case. A new way to use emoticons. This isn’t something they could do so well with emojis.
Using and combining typographic elements in a sketch evoking a famous portrait is a form of optical illusion, the one we called “smiley” born under the tight limits of the ASCII characters in the infancy years and games of personal computing, which lent to smile through the sense of misappropriation, often vertical to horizontal that it conveyed, (and characterized as an art form during a bygone era: the smiley today have become a very compact micro animated representation inserted throughout the text, with the development of computer science).
Source – Yesterdays Print – St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, August 23, 1896.
Not bad from an image to ASCII editor. But, I think it would be easier (or less frustrating for me) to create the image from scratch rather than to edit this one down. Still, pretty good text image from an original old newspaper ad I pretty much picked at random from my hard drive.
Source: Sporkforge.com – ASCII Art Generator
A. Hart continues the grand tradition of Pacer ASCII art with this masterpiece.
Submitted 1 August 2000.Source: hart.gif (565×223)
I found this online awhile ago. I tried to find the artist but didn’t get far. Not visual poetry but nice work as text art.