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About Digital Art / Hobbyist Core Member CyonxMale/United States Group :iconansiart: ANSIart
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Adrift by Cyonx Adrift :iconcyonx:Cyonx 2 0 BlockDaniels by Cyonx BlockDaniels :iconcyonx:Cyonx 1 0 Don't Look Away by Cyonx Don't Look Away :iconcyonx:Cyonx 1 0 We Will Be Old by Cyonx We Will Be Old :iconcyonx:Cyonx 1 0 Infernal Jailbreak by Cyonx Infernal Jailbreak :iconcyonx:Cyonx 2 2 The Unnamed by Cyonx The Unnamed :iconcyonx:Cyonx 8 5 Hellboy by Cyonx Hellboy :iconcyonx:Cyonx 1 0 Farewell by Cyonx Farewell :iconcyonx:Cyonx 4 0 Asari by Cyonx Asari :iconcyonx:Cyonx 1 0 cxz0-Blastronics by Cyonx cxz0-Blastronics :iconcyonx:Cyonx 6 2 Cx2m-1337 by Cyonx Cx2m-1337 :iconcyonx:Cyonx 1 0 Imminent Incineration by Cyonx Imminent Incineration :iconcyonx:Cyonx 5 3 Acidic Burning by Cyonx Acidic Burning :iconcyonx:Cyonx 5 0 Rogue Process Animated GIF by Cyonx Rogue Process Animated GIF :iconcyonx:Cyonx 3 7 Delayed Redemption by Cyonx Delayed Redemption :iconcyonx:Cyonx 8 3 Prydeful Fall by Cyonx Prydeful Fall :iconcyonx:Cyonx 4 0


Creya by Cyangmou Creya :iconcyangmou:Cyangmou 1,041 54 OCEANVS by ungenannt OCEANVS :iconungenannt:ungenannt 5 1 1453 by ungenannt 1453 :iconungenannt:ungenannt 5 2 Impossible LOV3 ver.4 by MarcBrunet Impossible LOV3 ver.4 :iconmarcbrunet:MarcBrunet 5,850 212 Mina by AaronFrick Mina :iconaaronfrick:AaronFrick 17 4 Among the crowd by AyyaSAP Among the crowd :iconayyasap:AyyaSAP 877 28 The Enchanted Forest by Ellysiumn The Enchanted Forest :iconellysiumn:Ellysiumn 1,196 145 Muriel by AlexandrOpara Muriel :iconalexandropara:AlexandrOpara 116 1 Portrait of a Mind Flayer by Gabriel-Cassata Portrait of a Mind Flayer :icongabriel-cassata:Gabriel-Cassata 97 5 Hundred Acre Wood by AaronFrick Hundred Acre Wood :iconaaronfrick:AaronFrick 6 7 My artwork by PhuThieu1989 My artwork :iconphuthieu1989:PhuThieu1989 400 10 Fil-412.bin by filth412 Fil-412.bin :iconfilth412:filth412 3 0 We-blockdaniels.ans by filth412 We-blockdaniels.ans :iconfilth412:filth412 1 0 La llorona by KlairedeLys La llorona :iconklairedelys:KlairedeLys 365 7 BATMAN v JOKER (Arkham Knight Style) +video by sadeceKAAN BATMAN v JOKER (Arkham Knight Style) +video :iconsadecekaan:sadeceKAAN 1,078 99 Demon face by HannahCosh Demon face :iconhannahcosh:HannahCosh 18 1



For the uninitiated, it's called ANSI art. It's related, in a way, to a format you may be familiar with called ASCII art, which you see occasionally in emails.

ANSI utilized the extended dos (and amiga, but mostly dos) character set's solid, half, and dithered blocks, along with 16 colors (4 blues, no orange. wtf) on an 80 column screen. default rows were 25, but most ANSIs are "scrollers", that is they scroll off the bottom. Doesn't mean much anymore since you're likely seeing my work as thumbnails anyway.

ANSI got popular in the early 90s, with the rise of BBSes (this was juuuuuuust before the internet hit it big) accessed via dial-up modems. pushing high-res graphics through a 2400bps (or even 14,400bps) modem was crazy slow, so text graphics such as ANSI, which compress pretty well, were the order of the day. Artists were mostly grouped into art groups, who had an informal rivalry going on. The Artists would create works for BBSes, e-zines, friends, their own groups, and so on. Getting a piece done by one of the most highly sought-after artists was considered a very big deal, and often money changed hands for the most in-demand artists. To that end, the [RAiD] logo you see by my name in my art is purely a stylistic relic of the era. The "group" exists solely for my own interest in having a groupname next to my own name for legacy's sake.

ANSI is long past it's heydown now, with virtually no real "use" other than as pure art now. To that end, I find it a delightfully limiting medium. That's the point, to make something beautiful with very limited tools.

Don't bother looking me up, Cyonx did not exist during the heyday. I did plenty of art under another name, but none of it worthy of showing off. For comparison's sake, I would consider my own art to be upper tier, but hardly a master. Maybe a 6/10 or 7/10 compared to the best artists of the hey-day of  ANSI art (circa mid 1995 from my point of view). Look up the work of Lord Jazz and Somms if you're curious.

Speaking of which, if you'd like to know more about the medium, or are even interested in making a piece or two of your own, strike up a conversation, I'd be more than happy to help you learn. start with for inspiration and grab an editor like pablodraw. Then make sure you let me know when you post something!

Edit 1-30-2013: Read Nootropic's commentary on ANSI's history and its peculiarities. He said it perfectly.



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kiiroihinako Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Thanks for the watch ! :D
m1sfit Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Artist
Hey Pat, killer gallery. Glad you're drawing again, man.
Cyonx Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man. I can say the same about you!
enzo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Awesome gallery, Pat!

Keep rocking!

Cyonx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ElectricTurtle Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Some impressive work to be sure, though I'm disappointed you only provide static shots of your works and not the text files themselves. It isn't ANSI to me unless I can view it straight from the command line with 'type' (and ansicon).
Cyonx Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the compliments.

I honestly don't even know if devart can handle raw .ans files, so I haven't tried uploading one.

Honestly though, I like the idea that if I upload in .png format, I don't have to worry about anybody yanking it to try and claim it as their own or use it without telling me.
vantageinhouse Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Thanks for the Fave + Watch! Your gallery looks pretty sweet!!!
Cyonx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, your work has style. And thanks!
VampireSlug Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch... now I just need to do something worth watching! :D
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