Arcade Expressionism - Laser Bread
I was going through my blog roll today to get some ideas for new content. Then I stumbled across an entry on one of my favorite tech blogs. It was some 8-bit artwork. I thought I would share a piece. This piece is an expressionism painting of the popular arcade game Donkey Kong. Very creative stuff.
So I decided to learn more about the artist. The blog linked to their Flickr. I elected to take a look. I found some very interesting stuff. Their Flickr profile is called ‘Laser Bread.’ I favorite a continuing set on ‘Make Something Cool Everyday 2009.’ As you guess, the artist post some new work daily for a year. I struggle to keep producing work for this blog. I couldn’t imagine what it takes to think of something creative everyday. This truly inspires me! Be sure to check it out! Hopefully we’ll see a new set for 2010!
I’m sure you’ve ran into ASCII art before and never knew what it was called. Remember the last time someone messaged you and typed a colon and a right parenthesis. “:)” Well that’s an example of ASCII art. Basically ASCII art is artwork created with text characters (letters, numbers and symbols). Since the age of typewriters people have been “drawing” with ASCII characters!
What got me thinking about ASCII artwork today, was a neat PHP script called ASCIIArtist. The script allows you to convert bitmap images (jpg,png,gif) to ASCII characters. The script was written by Sebastian Röbke (Boosty) of Meerbeck Germary.
The script is very simple to use. Just visit Sebastian’s site and input the URL of the picture you’re wanting to convert to text. Then change the settings as you like and press “Render”. Then you’ll see a new window pop up with the ASCII artwork version of your image!
You can check the results of our conversion of one of our wedding photos here. Don’t forget to check out Sebastian’s site and get ASCII’d!