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Friday, 2 May 2014

ASCII Art Cartoons, celebrating 500 YouTube Subscribers

Celebrating one year and 500 subscribers on YouTube, here are some ASCII animations. Thanks to all of you for watching my videos!
ASCII art is the art of creating graphics using only text characters. It is not just an out-dated technique from the times of text-based computer monitors and communication, but a great way to produce animations with little effort. Be it a simple GIF animation as shown on the left, or a more complex cartoon as in the video below.

ASCII Art Cartoon. View in HD for best quality!

For me, it's major advantage is that you are restricted to simple basic shapes. So you have to keep it minimal, and don't get lost in details. It is amazing what is possible with just a few text characters.
As originally intended, it is of course possible to present static ASCII art as text rather than as images. Furthermore, one can present ASCII animations using JavaScript. Below you see an example with 17 frames, generated using JavE 6.

Some cartoon characters in ASCII art, animated using JavaScript.

Yours sincerely,
Turnvater Janosch


  1. With what program have you made these beautiful ascii animations
    Would it be possible to tell me please
    Know you sometimes a good free software programma to make these animations

    Kind regards

    1. Hi Erwin,
      I used JavE, a free ascii art and animation software:

      Best regards.

    2. Sorry for disturbing, but can you explain to me which JaveE ( old or new ) should download and what is wrong with the batch file

      I have a error C:\Users\Erwin\Downloads>start javaw -Xmx128M -jar jave.jar Can not find the file

      Kind regards

    3. Sorry, but it is too long ago so I can't tell you which version to use. Maybe your java location is not in the PATH variable? Try it with the (quoted) full path instead of javaw (e.g. "C:\Program Files\Java\bin\javaw").

      Best regards.