Tracing Images to Make ASCII Art

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.

Braille Art

Braille art is like ASCII art for the visually impaired/ legally blind. My Grandmother was legally blind, never learned Braille. But, she would have enjoyed art she could figure out by touching rather than trying to find an angle where she could see something of it.

Grandfather Clock

I have a grandfather clock and a cuckoo clock on my to-do list. A sundial too. I’m retro that way.

Really sad to see clocks and watches disappear due to mobile phones.

I’m posting Joan’s clock as inspiration for myself. I tend to start smaller images than this and then find it difficult to get all the trimmings in. I do have a good clock face already. So I could build the clock around it. Not for the cuckoo clock maybe. That would be smaller. Will see whenever I get them done.

Godzilla in ASCII Art

I want to make my own Godzilla (Gojira) in ASCII art. I’ve found a few other ASCII Godzillas and I have some Godzilla images for reference and inspiration. Of course, I’m already thinking small. There is probably some deep psychological reason for always planning a small image. But, does anyone really want to spend time on that? Not I.

Here is the ASCII art I have found so far. (I may have already posted them. I have had the idea for awhile). The first ASCII is my favourite and pretty much how I want my own to turn out. But, it’s using the Japanese font so I’m still going to have the problem of those plates/ ridges on the back.  With ASCII art dragons I’ve just made a few triangle shapes – skipping the issue of anything elaborate. Not so with Godzilla.

Here are the images. Most of them are chibi (I may not be remembering the spelling right).

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