Some ideas are complicated to work out where to start, how to get the angle right, and then how big the image/ picture will end up being. I try to think of ways to make it easier. Less science, more 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 Transparent Notepad.
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.