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May 12, 2005
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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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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 )
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!
PsionicFilms Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Student Filmographer
Very cool, I like how its shaded just by using text... Good job
chekovskie1980 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
IloveRotelle Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O Wow!!
wwediva101 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007
Wow, I am speechless. AWESOME JOB!!
roy-sac Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice.... how did I miss that one before?
Phazonaddict Featured By Owner May 3, 2006
Another awesomeo pic!:+fav:
LP-photography Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006   Photographer
man i wish i knew how to do that
2walking-dreamer2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006
hey do you know how to make the ANSI codes pop up on note pad?
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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