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The New Venus by jSepia The New Venus by jSepia
Full view is a must. I'm really proud of this piece! ASCII is becoming one of my favourite artforms to work in. I've tried to be more active in the defense and promotion of this kind of art lately.

> *ahem* I started this picture 4 days ago with a rough sketch made of $$. Then I began smoothing the outlines with a wide variety of characters, mainly commas, colons and accents, but also d, b, Y, 7 and even j. Achieving nice, smooth horizontal curves in this style is pretty difficult. Then I worked on the shading, mainly composed of $, S, % and : (from the brightest to the darkest). I learned most of my techniques while making Emeralds, my previous ASCII picture.

> I didn't use any reference, but it would have been a good idea to use one. I'm not sure if the face is anatomically correct, and that's one of my main weaknesses in any artform: faces. Anyway, it reminds me a lot of this girl who was in my class two years ago.

> And no, I didn't use any image-to-ASCII converter. I wasn't looking for an automatic picture, I wanted a nice, smooth picture. If anyone says "hey, why do you make it by hand, there are programs to do that", please don't expect a reply. :slap: Other comments are still extremely appreciated. :)
I used PabloDraw, a free textmode art editor. My canvas was 80 characters wide. You can see the original .txt file if you click "download".

EDIT: Applied many of `diamondie's suggestions, in particular, replacing characters like ª and *. I tried to make sure that this picture used only standard ASCII characters, and this took many revisions because of my nasty ADD. If you want to see it with extended ones, here is the picture.
> Sorry for the many resubmissions. The last one is because I'm selling this as a print, like what the ~mimic group does :)
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Daily Deviation

Given 2005-05-25
Beauty can be represented in all forms of art. The New Venus by =jSepia is a gorgeous demonstration of what the skilled ASCII artist can accomplish with just the characters of the keyboard. ( Suggested by diamondie and Featured by damphyr )
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this-is-a-paradox Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Artist
Wow. I never thought about how the symbol you use can affect the shading. Awesome picture! So realistic!
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PsionicFilms Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Student Filmographer
Very cool, I like how its shaded just by using text... Good job
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chekovskie1980 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
wow!:wow:
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IloveRotelle Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O Wow!!
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wwediva101 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007
Wow, I am speechless. AWESOME JOB!!
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:iconroy-sac:
roy-sac Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice.... how did I miss that one before?
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Phazonaddict Featured By Owner May 3, 2006
Another awesomeo pic!:+fav:
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LP-photography Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006   Photographer
man i wish i knew how to do that
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2walking-dreamer2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
hey do you know how to make the ANSI codes pop up on note pad?
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jSepia Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006
It seems like most ANSI characters don't work in Notepad. :( It happens because Notepad doesn't use ANSI characters, it uses Unicode.

Why not use an ANSI editor instead? PabloDraw is a good choice. :nod:
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BerylAlexandros Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2005
That's so cool!
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005
So THIS is the one you got the DD on! Amazing job! Definitely deserves a +fav, and not just because it was Daily Deviated :)
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jSepia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005
The first ASCII DD ever. And hopefully not the last one. :)

Thank you a lot!
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2005
Is it really? That's a serious question by the way. If it is, the ASCII Art club has a lot of work to do...

np. I hope it's not the last, too.
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jSepia Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2005
Well, since it's a serious question: [link] is the official list of ASCII DD's. There's only one lonely ASCII for now... :(

Have you heard about the Groups system? That thing could give the club a new focus (once it's ready).
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005
No, I haven't heard about the groups system. What is it?
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jSepia Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005
It's a tool "to help deviants self assemble into smaller communities" (as explained by $mccann). Something that would allow "clubs" to exist as a different kind of user account, with their own news, chatroom, favourites, gathered submissions from members, and other eventual features. You can see a preliminary screenshot here: [link]

They say it should be launched this month, or the next one. :plotting:
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005
hmm... That will be great! For now, however, we'll just set it up as a user. We can always just copy everything afterwards :)

Would you like to do a collaboration with me? I'm not completely sure what they are as I have never done one before... are they where two or more people take turns editing an image until they both agree that it is done? I've made an ASCII of a gate, but I can't figure out how to do a building behind it. It would be nice if you could try :)

So tell me if what I'm thinking a collaboration is is correct, and if you want to try to do one with me :)
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jSepia Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005
A collab sounds great. :) I'm really enjoying my ASCII collab with `diamondie, so I'll definitely consider another one.

What we're doing is to send the file back and forth to each other. She uploads her revisions to her hosting server, and I send her my revisions by email. We discuss our progress and our ideas through notes.

We both work on the same areas of the picture, antialiasing and modifying each other's shapes. In this case, we would be working on different areas of the picture, but I don't see anyting wrong with that. It would still be fun to share views on each other's work in the process.

Wish us luck for the ASCII art competition at Pilgrimage 2005. ;)
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paperwolves Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
This is crazy! I could NEVER do that! That's awesome! I'm excited and happy now! Great job!
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jSepia Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
Thank you! :aww: Glad I could make someone happy. :)
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paperwolves Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
Yeh did a good job in doing so!
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themizarkshow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Student General Artist
That is incredible. I bow down to your coolness.
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FrenchLoveur781 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
man, that picture is geniously. and aint nuthin as geniously as a cool drawing like this, far better than any mutahfucka painting with an intutwos in photoshop and even better than pixel art because it's using the most primitive tool to make sophisticated art like this :thumbsup:
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totalbaka85 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005
very cool! Awesome!
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:iconcanvasch:
canvasch Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005   Interface Designer
wonderfully done! you have a terrific talent and precise skill.
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:iconlamery:
lamery Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not too shabby, you've reached 1996 in terms of ascii.. definately improving, which is good to see.

keep it up.
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shadowedfire Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
:wow: Awesome!
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jSepia Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
Thanks for stopping by, and for the fav as well :)
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chioni Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
the left side of the picture where her cheek is and where her ear should eventually begin i think needs a little more deffinition. but still! that's amazing ... i'd be way to lazy to do that haha. i admire your patience
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MetallicDumplin Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
*fave* Ok, have to add this to my favorites. Yay, you have more patience then I do, lol:-) Good work!
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Finity999 Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
....wow
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invisibleshad0w Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
thats insane. I wish I had the patience to do something like that... but I dont. i have nothing critical to say, its amazing.
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CutieBlossom Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
Now that's cool! I have never seen something like this before. I would have thought that this would have been a very painful process, but your hard work sure shows through!
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R-Eventide Featured By Owner May 25, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I have to say is that is utterly amazing!!! KUDOS!!! Wow.... :wow: :drool:
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Serepsa Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
You crazy... (in positive mind). Deeply impressed.
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XFire-of-miseryX Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
Wow....just...WOW..
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rAwkz Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
:O
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BuuWho Featured By Owner May 25, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You, are absolutely and ridiculously talented. I am in awe. :OMG:
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blinkninja Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
omg youve blown my mind
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amade Featured By Owner May 25, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
It's pretty obvious you have the eye to differentiate contrast to pull off something like this. Well done, I'm so impressed I don't know what else to say.
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jSepia Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
Thank you for taking the time to notice it. It was confusing to find my way around the contrast, some parts had to stand out and others had to be smooth and shaded. =P
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cmjgalaxy Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
wow!!! that is amazing!!! I always wanted to make picture out letter, I guess I will do that later no
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vangelisgenesis Featured By Owner May 25, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
omg.. that is amazing! i would never have the patience to even attempt one row of that! nor know where to start! its awesome!
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kitsuK8 Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
amazing!!!!!!!
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midnight-odyessey Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
this is simply wowing! very impressive, it sure glissens my eyes ...nice job
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sagi Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
Beautiful work, it must have taken so long to get this done! I have no true critique because I don't do this type of art, and its the first I've actually seen! Again, beautiful work! :+fav:
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NasaFerret Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
What a ridiculus of talent this must take!!!!! When I saw this on the side of DA I had to do a double take, because I thought it was just a simple portrait...with a closer look I was blown away at a masterpiece created with keystrokes! I applaud you *claps*
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BrainDigger Featured By Owner May 25, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
I have to ask what did you use to type... err... draw this...? I'm curious at how is that grey text black background, similar to DOS...
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jSepia Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
I used a free text editor called PabloDraw, it allows a perfect imitation of the ANSI DOS font. It can also emulate the Amiga font, the results are quite interesting.
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