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|  \/  | __ _(_)(_) __ _( )___     / \  / ___| / ___|_ _|_ _|   __ _ _ __| |_
| |\/| |/ _` | || |/ _` |// __|   / _ \ \___ \| |    | | | |   / _` | '__| __|
| |  | | (_| | || | (_| | \__ \  / ___ \ ___) | |___ | | | |  | (_| | |  | |_
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These images are from a phase beginning from summer 1998 until this day (I started drawing ASCII in 1997). Many of the earlier ones have been drawn in MS-DOS, which explains some jagged corners and the aspect ratio being slightly off in some pictures.

Table of contents

Christmas tree #1
Christmas tree #2
Heart
My self-portrait
Dogbert
Hamburger
Penguin
Elephant
Moomintroll
Rose
Apple
Candle
Po the Teletubby
Small tree
Larger tree
Bottles
Tiny dog
Unicorn
Peace sign
Rubber duck #1
Rubber duck #2
Umbrella #1
Umbrella #2
Akbar
Another heart
Candy
Tux
Mafalda
Mushrooms

This christmas tree was my first attempt to solid ASCII art. I think it is quite good, though there is no star at the top of it. It was too difficult.

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A solid heart, simple but stylish.

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Finally: my own picture! Of course I'm not that stupid in real life. I'm not! I'm not!

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I attempted to draw some Dilbert characters for my friend. Dilbert didn't turn out so well, but Dogbert was ok so I put it here.

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I was hungry and testing my new ACiDDraw and curve-techniques. This is what I came up with. (Clue: It's a hamburger). The beef looks a bit weird, any ideas for rediddling it?

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I got inspiration from my new penguin mouse mat (I won it in a competition and it's very 31337) and drew this little penguin. He's maybe a bit fat, but cute. He's called Pinky - doesn't he look exactly like "Pinky"?

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An elephant, which I began drawing in December '97 was finished about a year later. Only one problem: he has no teeth. Maybe he has eaten too much candy and his teeth have rotten.

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This is a picture of a Moomintroll. Moomins are a characters from books written by Tove Jansson and later they have also appeared in comics, cartoons, tv series and all kinds of products. This ASCII pic was made by me, VK diddled it a bit, but I left most parts of it unchanged.

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This one was made for my then signature

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Almost nothing tastes as good as new autumn apples.

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For Christmas '98, a new version of the above Christmas tree. A star added to the top, too.

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A new version of the candle which is on the another page.

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I think she would need a little bit diddling. If you didn't recognize, she's Po the Teletub. I could have made all the 'tubbies, but the "antennas" of the others were too hard to draw.

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This tree appeared in my sig. 8 lines is a bit too large, but I think it looks pretty good IMHO.

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Two bottles, one shaded, one lined. The etiquettes are blank, because drawing curving text would be too hard. They are almost sig-sized.

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A very small dog...

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A unicorn, one of my personal favorites out of my ASCII pictures.

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This is the peace sign, which is NOT an occultic symbol, even though some people claim it to be. It's been derived from letters "N" and "D" which mean nuclear disarmament.

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Um, yes, yet another tree, but a lot bigger one. I have been testing this solid technique a lot and it fits especially well for trees.

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The autumn is here, don't forget your umbrella! (Does it look too dotty?)

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This "solidified" version looks perhaps more like a sunshade...

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I spent one evening trying to ASCIIfy Matt Groening's excellent comic characters. The Life "in hell" ones were too difficult for me, but here's Akbar from "Akbar and Jeff".

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My first drawing with Jave, a heart made by using felt-tip pen and sunburst gradient.

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Another drawing made with Jave. I know, it looks somewhat crude.

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Tux (aka "Linux penguin"), drawn for a request.

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Mafalda, the comic character, which I drew for someone requesting a little picture of her on alt.ascii-art.

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A friend requested a picture of a mushroom for the MOTD of his server and I drew a whole bunch of them. He asked for spotted versions so I drew them too. The one that was supposed to be a champignon looks more like a bolt though, maybe I'll do a grayscale version of it some day.

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