ASCII Artwork

Not content to be limited by the text of ASCII, people since the beginning of computer communication have used the given character set of a system to express themselves artistically. Ranging from the ubiquitous smiley :) to extreme photo-realistic digitizations of portraits, this art continues to this day and shows no sign of slowing down. Some of these are clunky, and some are too intense to be believed. But this whole genre shows that trying to force people into small standard boxes is never really successful.

Of course, this approach has blossomed into pure insanity within the world of the software pirates, who use ASCII artwork to herald their presumed greatness. Their files are in the Piracy section.

Description of the Textfile
ASCIIPR0NThe ASCII PR0N Collection, Courtesy of ASCIIPR0N.COM
DECUSThe DECUS Art Collection
LOGOSA Collection of ASCII Art Logos
RTTYA Collection of RTTY Art from RTTY.COM
13.asc 1739
ASCII Title Page for SPIKED!, a Game
152614.txt 1944
Excellent IBM ASCII Art of The Pits BBS
16ton 707
ASCII Art of a 16 Ton Weight
3x5.flf 3968
FIGLET FONT: 3x5 Font by Richard Kirk and Daniel Cabez Gras
afinger.txt 555
ASCII Middle Finger (With Watch and Ring)
alphabet.flf 5632
FIGLET FONT: Alphabet by Wendell Hicken (November, 1993)
alt3dste.reo 8147
Some Genune Ascii Stereograms 6656
Pleasant ASCII Art Nude, "Angela"
angi.txt 8448
ASCII Art Nude: Angi
art0 1024
July 4th/American Flag Ascii Art
ascii.pic 55148
Don Dillon's Collection of ASCII Art Pictures
asciiart.txt 16048
Collection of ASCII Art, including Teddy Bears and Disney's Pocohantis (November 1999)
asciicod.txt 5376
A Table of ASCII Codes, by Aaron Priven
bambi.vt 12818
VT100 ANIMATION: Bambi vs. Godzilla
barney.txt 3811
ASCII Image of Barney the Dinosaur with Satanic Subliminals 5376
Cleo, another Bassett Hound Dawg 4687
Batgirl, Naked, probably after Vargas
beavis.asc 826
Beavis of Beavis and Butthead, in ASCII
beer.vt 14415
VT100 ANIMATION: Time for a Beer Break, Folks! 4818
Innocuous Nude, "Betty"
big.flf 7190
block.flf 8586
FIGLET FONT: Block Letters
bnbascii.txt 1651
Beavis and Butthead in ASCII
bob.pic 1840
Odd ASCII Picture of a Bob
bobface.txt 5249
ASCII art of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs
bomb.vt 2649
VT100 ANIMATION: The Bomb Test 4415
Dr. Bones McCoy, Good Portrait
bubble.flf 3055
bugs 2876
ANSI Art of Bugs Bunny 10639
Cheezy Playboy Bunny (Woman, not Rabbit)
buysell.5bs 1856
Call the Buy Sell BBS Today! (Ad, ANSI) 16256
Odd 1985 Calandar with Nude Lady
cartwhee.vt 17418
VT100 ANIMATION: Doing a Cartwheel 1663
Charlie Brown 7680
Loinclothed, Topless Lady. "Clohe"
contessa.flf 2560
FIGLET FONT: The Contessa Font
county88.hum 3561
Bill the Cat and Opus in '88!
cow.txt 29281
Cows, Cows, and more (ASCII) Cows
cows.txt 29747
The Complete Guide to Cows, by Eric W. Tilenius
cowz.txt 211543
The Complete Guide to ASCII Cows
cpu.txt 1353
Some Helpful ASCII Art of a Computer System 1646
Michaelangelo's "David" 10752
"Deborah", sitting on a Stool
delay.vt 8512
VT100 ANIMATION: A Small Delay
dirty.vt 25081
VT100 ANIMATION: Someone Having an Awful Amount of Fun
dogs.vt 8904
VT100 ANIMATION: Fucking Dogs
dont-wor.vt 15305
VT100 ANIMATION: George Custer's Last Stand: Don't Worry, be Happy 17686
Fun, Sleepy Cartoon Dragon
dragon.txt 888
ASCII Art of a Winged Dragon
drwho_pi 5304
ASCII Images from the Doctor Who TV Show 6144
Full-Stoked American Eagle 7168
Side view, U.S.S. Enterprise
erusalem.flf 9004
FIGLET FONT: Erusalem Font 43008
Everyone got together and made a Ferrari! 17843
DOCUMENTATION: The Figlet Program
firework.vt 34801
VT100 ANIMATION: Fireworks by Chen Lin
fireworks.vt 6727
VT100 ANIMATION: Guy Setting Off Fireworks
fishy2.vt 211945
VT100 ANIMATION: Shamus the Fish by David Rybolt (1994)
flag 814
ASCII Art of the American Flag
fontpage.txt 3237
FIGLET FONT: Example Fonts Page 7472
Playboy Jokes Chick, With Nice Subliminal
fu.sig 480
ASCII Art of a Middle Finger
fuckyou.txt 2188
Nice, large, Profanic Middle Finger ASCII Art
fuzzy.flf 6016
FIGLET FONT: Fuzzy Font 5120
"George", nude male. Well, that's ONE....
girl1.pic 17413
ASCII Artwork of a Nude Wearing a Bow
girlface.txt 11163
ASCII of a Girl's Face
glass.vt 11620
VT100 ANIMATION: Filling Glass of Liquid
globe.vt 29696
gothic.flf 8832
FIGLET FONT: Gothic Font
graffiti.flf 6272
FIGLET FONT: Grafitti Font 4736
Icon of Groucho Marx 12786
Posed Nude, "Holly"
illumin.hum 473
Primus Illuminatus is Watching You 14336
Shy Nude, "Ingrid"
jerusale.flf 8633
FIGLET FONT: Jerusalem (Hebrew) Font 13497
Posed sideways nude, "Jessie"
juanspla.vt 41773
VT100 ANIMATION: Plan File in the Form of a Typewriter
jumble.vt 28816
VT100 ANIMATION: Jumbled Letters Form a Phrase 9932
Topless, Jeans-wearing nude, "Kathy" 7278
Simplistic happy nude, "Kelly" 2560
Portrait of John F. Kennedy 3584
Christ is Born! 6241
Portrait of James T. Kirk 4827
The Koala Bear Collection v1.0 (ASCII Art)
larry3d.flf 11392
FIGLET FONT: The Larry 3D Font
lean.flf 10705
FIGLET FONT: The Leaning Font 1333
Stereoscopic image of Lincoln. Experiment results: Inconclusive 2143
Love is All You Need 7296
Merry Christas! (Madonna and Kid)
madrid.flf 2816
FIGLET FONT: The Madrid Font
maxfour.flf 2816
FIGLET FONT: The Max-Four Font
mini.flf 2114
FIGLET FONT: The Mini-Font 28800
Very large Mona Lisa Printout
monkey.vt 51041
VT100 ANIMATION: The Monkey Gives You The Finger
morgana.pic 6887
Knelling post nude "Morgana"
moscow.flf 5374
FIGLET FONT: The Moscow Font
nasa.vt 19159
VT100 ANIMATION: NASA: Keep Reaching for the Stars, by A.J.L. 3712
Happy New Years, with drunk schmuck
nker-toy.flf 6327
FIGLET FONT: The Tinker-Toy Font
nt-ascf.ans 14006
Shading ASCII: Using the Upper/Lower Case Design Thing, by Nootropic 5667
Oliver from the strip "Bloom County"
ollywood.flf 15744
FIGLET FONT: The Hollywood Font
outfile.jok 1790
VT100 Animation of Someone Taking a Drive
owls.txt 1769
A Small Collection of ASCII Owls
paradise.vt 24788
VT100 ANIMATION: A Bomb in Paradise by Gonad the Barbarian 2304
Peace on Earth, with accompanying Dove
pepper.flf 2688
FIGLET FONT: The Pepper Font
phonepig.hum 2261
A Very Charming Middle Finger
pinup2.txt 17687
Nude Pinup with interesting Shading Technique 4608
ASCII drawing of an F-4 Phantom (War plane)
prey.vt 9010
VT100 ANIMATION: Klingon Bird of Prey
puffy.flf 7408
FIGLET FONT: THe Puffy Font 3866
Great-looking Siamese Cat
rev.flf 12032
FIGLET FONT: The Reverse Font 8704
Smiling, somewhat clad nude, "Roxanne" 23168
Image of Morton's Salt Girl No, she's not nude 3968
Merry Christmas! Sant and his Two Tiny Reindeer 10130
Pretty bizzaro picture of a Schlitz Beer Can
script.flf 5290
FIGLET FONT: Script Font
seasons.ans 3992
ANSI Screen: Seasons Greetings
sect.ans 6621
ANSI for the Marks Hotel HQ
sect1.ans 14043
Unbelievable ANSI Ad for the MARS Hotel
shadow.flf 3990
FIGLET FONT: The Shadow Font
short.flf 1801
FIGLET FONT: The Short Font
simpsons.txt 963
ASCII Art of The Simpsons
slant.flf 6136
FIGLET FONT: The Slant Font
slscript.flf 4480
FIGLET FONT: The Slscript Font
small.flf 3993
FIGLET FONT: The Small Font
smileys.txt 27085
Collection of ASCII Smileys
smscript.flf 3468
smshadow.flf 2944
FIGLET FONT: Small Shadow Font
smslant.flf 4484
FIGLET FONT: The Small Slant Font
snoopy.curse 6148
ASCII ART: Curse you, Red Baron!
snoopy.flustr 3745
ASCII ART: Snoopy Looking Flustered
snoopy.untab 7087
A 1981 Snoopy Calendar
snowing.vt 10334
VT100 ANIMATION: Snowing Landscape, Merry Christmas 5904
Nicely-done portrait of Leonard Nimoy
st-char.asc 10857
ASCII Art of Star Trek Characters
standard.flf 5657
FIGLET FONT: The Standard Figlet Font
startrek.vt 100342
VT100 ANIMATION: Star Trek Enterprise Blows up Politically Correct New Enterprise 114304
Huge Image of the Star Trek Enterprise 20608
So-So attempt at a Star Wars Image
sunlogo.txt 213
ASCII Sun Microsystems Logo 7680
Posed tanline-visible Nude, "Susan"
tanya.pic 8063
Wait, let me guess, another posed Nude! "Tanya"
term.flf 407
FIGLET FONT: THe Terminal Font
tetris.vt 9176
VT100 ANIMATION: Tetris Game
texthistory.txt 49163
A History of Text and ASCII Art, by Joan G. Stark (2000)
thick.flf 4879
FIGLET FONT: The Thick Font
thin.flf 5070
FIGLET FONT: The Thin Font 15872
Somewhat odd-looking tiger
torturet.vt 3189
VT100 FONT: The VT-100 Torture Test by Joe Smith (May 8, 1985) 3328
Merry Christmas Tree
trek.vt 21075
VT100 ANIMATION: The Enterprise Blows up an RCA Satellite
turkey.vt 13183
VT100 ANIMATION: Turkey Goes In for Thanksgiving
tv.vt 63909
VT100 ANIMATION: The Outer Limits Television Show
twilight.vt 64272
VT100 ANIMATION: The Twilight Zone
ualogos.txt 16377
A Collection of ASCII Art Logos, Welcome Screens, and User Information from the Unauthorised Access (UA) BBS of the UK (1995)
univers.flf 16757
FIGLET FONT: The Universe Font
valentin.vt 3702
VT100 ANIMATION: Happy Valentine's Day, Beth and Dave
vicki.body 7868
Ms. Vicki, from Oui Magazine, February 1973
watch!me.nfo 8726
Interesting Approach to a Cartoon ASCII Nude
we.jok 64940
The Outer Limits in vt100 codes
wineglas.vt 9749
VT100 ANIMATION: Wine Glass Filling
xmas.vt 45723
VT100 ANIMATION: Merry Christmas

There are 167 files for a total of 2,394,718 bytes.
There are 4 directories.

My aunt knew William Shatner's daughter, and she got him to sign a printout of It hung on my wall proudly for many years. (Printer paper is also inferior for long-term autographs)

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