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DOS era graphics

Design Tip: Cross-stich patterns found in old sewing books are an excellent resource when creating Icons and other graphics built-up from individual pixels.


ASCII artwork was a popular form of graphical decoration found on Text-based servers, with its roots coming from the mainframe era of interconnected Terminals and TeleTypes. During the DOS era it was a dominant decorative art form found on Bulletin Board Systems (BBS), before the rise of color ANSI artwork. Below are some random examples of this graphical art form. Please note that many of these examples were intended to be first printed to continuous-feed paper before viewing.

Various Outline-Technique ASCII Art Pictures

Cat .txt
DRAGON .txt
EAGLE .txt
FRY .txt
GANDALF .txt
MICKEY .txt
PANTHER .txt
PEACE .txt
PHOENIX .txt
Pig .txt
ROSE .txt
SANTA8 .txt
SCHROEDR .txt
SQUIRREL .txt
STARGATE .txt
TWEETY .txt

Various Shading-Technique ASCII Art Pictures

ALFRED .txt
Apple .txt
BARDOT .txt
CLOWN .txt
KIRK .txt
LORETTA .txt
MONA .txt
MOTHER .txt
PHANTOM .txt
PONY .txt
SHUTTLE .txt
TREBBLE .txt

ASCII Art Pinups

ACNUDE4 .txt
ACNUDE5 .txt
BATCHICK .txt
BETTY .txt
CINDY .txt
DRU .txt
ELLEN .txt
FRAN .txt
GIRL .txt
HONEY .txt
JANE .txt
MARIA .txt
PINUP .txt
ROXANN .txt
SUNNY .txt
SUSAN .txt
SYLVIA .txt

Examples of how ASCII Art can be integrated into a document

Jokes

hell .txt
train .txt

Poems

no-diff .txt
owl .txt

Stories

boy .txt
teach .txt

Examples of how to use ASCII Art for Lettering and Signage

Letters .txt
Signs .txt

Example of how the GIF file format can be used to animate ASCII Art

WALKING .gif

(Games with ASCII Graphics)


With the advent of VESA defined Super VGA and the explosion of 14" VGA color monitors, computer retailers needed something to display on the screen so consumers could make side-by-side monitor comparisons. The below image files were popular choices for in-store Demos.

GIF Images

frog .gif
giftest1 .gif
zoe2 .gif

JPG Images

astronat .jpg

Although soon overwhelmed by *.FLI extension files (due to the ready availability of Autodesk Animator file editing tools), the *.GL extension (GRASP) animation files were the first animation files most PC users ever encountered. Because GRASP (Graphics Animation System for Professionals) format files are actually "containers" of scripted data, interactive animations are possible. Below are random examples of GRASP animations from the early 90's.

GRASP four GL animation player (*.zip)

GRASP Animations

3DROTAT1 .GL
AMDEK .GL
BANKVGA .GL
BATMAN .GL
BLUELAKE .GL
CGADEMO .GL
CGADOG .GL
DUCK .GL
GOBLET4 .GL
GULFWAR .GL
HDRIVE .GL
JOLT .GL
JUGGLER .GL
LNHARDY .GL
MANDEL3 .GL
MARBLE1 .GL
MELT .GL
PAINTDMO .GL
PHILLY .GL
ROBOCOP .GL
V7VGA .GL
VGAPICS .GL
WILTROUT .GL
XMASCARD .GL
Z1 .GL

Adult GRASP Animations

1ON2 .GL
ANALRIDE .GL
HYAPAT2 .GL
MAID .GL
MAXIHEAD .GL
NASTY .GL
ONTOP .GL

"Old-style" GRASPRT GL animation player (*.zip)

"Old-style" GRASP Animations - (These require using old GRASPRT ver 1.10c to play properly)

ALLTOONS .GL
CITYLIFE .GL
GRAFX .GL
MTV2 .GL
PCL .GL
PITCH .GL
SPACEY .GL
TURKEY .GL