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Welcome to the 7th thread of A guide to Ascii Art.

NOTE: If anyone can think of anything that should be added to this guide, please, let us know! =]
Thanks
All art goes here!
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-=A Guide to Ascii Art=- V4
This guide it brought to you by Vipers02, Superant1 and now, Rhombohedron.
It took us 6 threads and 4 changes in thread ownsership, but this time, I think we finally got it!
Enjoy!
Hello there.
ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. We have created this guide to help amateur artists become great ascii artists, like those roaming around these forums. Feel free to ask any questions about Ascii Art you may have. We will do our best to answer your questions accurately.
We hope this guide helps you and it was worth the time to make.
If you see any mistakes in our guide, please let us know!
Rules:
- Do not post any Ascii art on this thread. It belongs on the Bored? Draw #ere sticky!
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- Please, do not spam or flame
- Stay on topic
NOTE: We do NOT give lessons on how to make logos. If you have a question, feel free to ask us. However, we will not give you private lessons on how to create logos. That’­s what we made the guide for.
Ohh, and one more thing:
Saphira Rocks mah socks! Err...and Lucius, too, but not as much.

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|«‡» Table of Content «‡»|
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|Page 1:
|Post 1- Opening
|Post 3- Summary of Drawing Techniques
|Post 4- Things to Remember
|Post 5- Alligned Logos
|Post 6- Alligned Shading
|Post 7- Alligned Angles
|Post 8- Alligned Curves
|Post 9- Reserved for Alligned
|Post 10- Reserved for Alligned
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|Page 2:
|Post 1- Unalligned
|Post 2- Unalligned Lines
|Post 3- Unalligned Curved Lines
|Post 4- Unalligned Angles
|Post 5- Unalligned Shading
|Post 6- Example of his Art
|Post 7- Artist spotlight: Iggytoad
|Post 8- Artist spotlight: Rhombohedron/BrendanS­llvn/Dockwa
|Post 9- Artist spotlight: Rhombohedron/BrendanS­llvn/Dockwa
|Post 10- Artist spotlight: Frew Barron(Cinna)
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|Page 3:
|Post 1- Mixed
|Post 2- Mixed Continued
|Post 3- Mixed Steps
|Posts 4-10- Reserved for Mixed
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|Page 4:
|Post 1- Where you should create your logos
|Post 2- How to use Alt codes
|Post 3- Alt Codes
|Post 4- Alt Codes (Continued)
|Post 5- Artist Spotlight: Mok55
|Post 6- Artist Spotlight: Mashpotato55
|Post 7- Artist Spotlight: Ben­g92
|Post 8- Artist Spotlight: Robert Nick1
|Post 9- Artist Spotlight: Aq174
|Post 10- Artist Spotlight: Aq174
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|Page 5:
|Post 1: Artist Spotlight: Kentokun1
|Post 2: Artist Spotlight: Kentokun1
|Post 3: Artist Spotlight: Mcddcm
|Post 4: Artist Spotlight: Lubu 239
|Post 5: Artist Spotlight: Lubu 239
|Post 6: Artist Spotlight: Eddie/Chicken 424
|Post 7: Artist Spotlight: Dock*wa
|Post 8: Artist Spotlight: Tozarian Ix
|Post 9: Artist Spotlight: Rhombohedron
|Post 10: Artist Spotlight: Superant1
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|Page 6:
|Reserved for Artist Spotlights
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|Page 7: Other Ascii Threads
|Post 1: Galleries
|Post 2: Companies, Schools, and Guides
|Post 3: Signatures
|Post 4: Other Ascii Related Threads
|Post 10: Credits

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Have you ever wondered how those talented Ascii Logo artists out there do what they do? How do they make those outstanding logos?!
Well, this guide was made, to hopefully help you out.
First, you should know what types of logos there are.
They are:
- Alligned Logos
- Unalligned Logos
- Mixed Logos
First, we will start with Alligned logos.
Alligned is probably the easiest type of logos to make, and is where you should start when your new at this.
The symbols I recommend you use, when dealing with alligned are:
# $ ? ¥ § £ € _ and all the numbers
When using alligned, it's best if you use "__" as your background.
The next type of Ascii art, is Unalligned logos.
This technique is harder than alligned, and takes more practice. This is because the size of the symbols used to this way of drawings are not all the same, unlike Alligned art, and are much smaller.
The symbols I recommend you use, when dealing with unalligned are:
_ ¸ , . - • ~ ^ º ° ' ¹ ² ³ ` ˜ ¨ ¯ ; : / | \ *
When using unalligned, it's best if you use "..." as your background.
The last type of Ascii Art, is Mixed logos.
Mixed logos are a combination between alligned, and unalligned logos.
When making mixed logos, you use both, alligned and unalligned symbols.
Due to the major size differential, I suggest you only create mixed logos if you are an experienced logo artist, and know how to line up logos correctly. However, some artists find it easier to start with mixed. It depends.

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Now that you have the drawings styles, and the symbols to use for each style down, there are a few things you should remember when dealing with Ascii Art:
• Be sure to press enter after each line. You cannot expect your logo to turn out correctly, if you hold down your chosen key until you get the amount of lines your desire.
• When using Alligned, each line can only hold 76 symbols.
• When using Unalligned, each line can only hold 267 apostrophes, the smallest visible unalligned character.
•The max forum width used to create pictures within is --> 5 1/4" <--. Setting your wordpad width to this will help you prevent unwanted line spacing difficulties.

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Now that were going to start with Alligned, there are a view things you should know:
• As stated above, the suggested symbols to use when dealing with alligned are:
? # $ _ € ¥ £ § and all of the numbers
• When using alligned, the suggested background to use is "__"
• Each line can only hold 76 symbols
• MOST of the symbols are equal in size, excluding % @ & and a few of the letters
• It is suggested you start with Alligned if you are new to Ascii Art
When starting alligned, you should have a background like this:
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Now that you have the background, it's time to add your drawing
In this case, we will make a sword using #
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How you have your sword, but as you see, it's quite boring To fix this, you could perhaps add some shading, change some symbols around, or perhaps add a border?
For this logo, I'm just simply going to change the hilt to 1's
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See how much different it looks now?
Now try to make something of your own!

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While using alligned for Ascii art, you may come across a point where you will need to use some angles.
Well, I have put together a few that you may find you will need while drawing. Here they are:
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Yes, those aren't ALL the angles, but those are the ones you will most likely come across the most while drawing.

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When using alligned, curves are very simple.
Here is an example of one:
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See at the top, I originally began with 3 symbols. I continued down for a couple rows, then slightly began to cut in. After I cut in, I began to add a symbol to each row. So instead of 3 symbols, I now have 4. Then again, I had 4, then went to 5. Then, I made the bottom row.
That is basically how you curve. You slightly cut it, and add another symbol to the inside of each row, to make it more rounded, rather than straight.

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Alligned Shading
Shading is an important part in Ascii Art. It's makes your drawing look 3-Dimensional.
When shading an alligned logo, the symbols which you use from darkest to lightest are:
_?£#$
There are always more symbols you COULD use, but these are the 5 suggested symbols.
An example of a shaded logo would be this:
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As you can see, the left half of the blade is dark, while the right half is light.
Another example of a shaded alligned logo could be this:
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In this logo, I mixed up the symbols a bit. This makes your drawing more interesting. Here is how you should mix your symbols:
Darkest ____?___?_????£?£??£?£££#£##£##$#$$$ Lightest
Now as you can see, in both examples, I shaded from darkest to lightest. Takes note that by all means, you could shade from lightest to darkest. The order for that would be: $#£?_
Shading alligned isn't very easy, and could take some practice. After a while, it will become easier and easier.

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