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Amolerouth in ASCII
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When exchanging comments about the Inspirations contest, I found out that our dear helpdesk admin +amolerouth is a fan of ASCII art. That gave me the idea of asciifying her dragon character with the wiffle bat (which you can see in her avatar and Deviant ID). Some months passed and I decided that I'd take on this project. I found out that the character was originally made by * renonevada, as a part of his Deviant Pokémons. It made the project seem even funnier, since I have drawn some 120 ASCII Pokémons already.

So here's the result, submitted with the permission of *renonevada. It's almost a straight depiction of the original character, because I don't have the skills to render such characters in different positions. And the wiffle bat had to stay, though I shortened it a bit. I'm quite happy with the piece, though some of the limbs look a bit weird. The eyes were definitely the hardest part, the original character has anime-like eyes with long lashes and I didn't have much resolution - and the eyes weren't parallel, so it wasn't possible to make them symmetric. Taking that into consideration they seem ok now. The lettering is the same I designed for Osmi ASCII for `gas13, with slight modifications.
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LordOfDragons's avatar
*grin*... i just like the wiffle bat dragon, seen the animation of it. that goes into fav section.
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Jerm123321's avatar
You're great at lineart, diamondie. The variety of different characters you use gives it the best curve possible with ascii. The only things I can see that could be better is, like =jSepia mentioned, the right ear, and also the nostrils. It looks a bit strange with two characters for one and one character for the other. Other than that, it's amazing!

Wow. 120 pokémon is a very big achievement. I'll check them out :D!
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kreelah's avatar
Whoa!! :D
That's is cute! :)
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Gymnart's avatar
Gymnart|Hobbyist General Artist
Cute ASCII drawing. The dragon looks ready for action. :)
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rian101's avatar
theres something a little odd about the way s/he is holding the wiffle bat, but its ASCII art and compromises must be made.

a dragon w/ a wiffle bat? i can only imagine what those games are like, sunday afternoons in central park.
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CrispyMountainJew's avatar
Hehe looks nifty! :headbang: bring on the ascii porn! jk :P [hm - i will comment with advanced critique in a moment if i see the need - but I dont feel that I could fault this piece simply because I doubt i could do better hehe]
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patu-|Professional Photographer
Nice and cool picture, but not your best work. not even close. :D
I don't know much about ASCII so I can't comment your works very effective way....
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TBCorpse|Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Gaspy gasp gasp gasp*
more of the frickin amazing stuff!
and i tried ASCII a little while back, tried to make a self portarit i think. it looked like a tin can ^^;
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diamondie|Professional Writer
Thank you! Your comments are probably the most flattering and encouraging ones I get. I think my first piece of ASCII art looked pretty much like a tin can, too, though it wasn't a self-portrait but a weird character I made up. You just need a little practice, you should probably begin with something simpler than a self portrait. I think that mushroom character would look neat in ASCII.
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TBCorpse|Hobbyist Digital Artist
OO, good idea ^^ *runs off*
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It's good, but not your best work.
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s-tec's avatar
Fantastic outlining work with really good character selection. It's hard to see any flaws, given the subject matter.
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LOL... 120 pokemon. WOW, that is quite an achievment. You almost have all of the ones from the original two games O.O I like the dragon and the fact that he's carrying a stick. "Speak quietly and carry a big stick." - Roosevelt ( I think that's the right quote)
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"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. " - Theodore Roosevelt [link]

He claimed to have been quoting a West African proverb.
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jSepia's avatar
I'm not experienced enough to give good critique on this piece, this is just a beginner's opinion:
I like the use of both dots and commas in the wiffle bat, it's good to avoid monotony. Something similar could have been done to give more roundness to some long dotted lines in the tail. The use of pipes (|) and slashes (/) make the body look solid and massive; you took good profit of the Fixedsys font. But when it comes to the horns, the look is assymetrical (is that the right word?). The difference of characters make the right horn stand out, while the left horn is not so noticeable. Maybe some more straight lines in the left horn and smoother characters for the right one ( ()[]{} ) would give a good balance.
I agree with you, the limbs look weird, but they also did in the original picture, so it's not your fault. About the eyes, they don't look weird from far, or at least I didn't notice they were looking in different directions until the full view. The dots are well done, irregular enough to look natural, and round enough to look cute.
Over all, a good asciification, the likeness is obvious and the choice of characters wasn't a problem for you. Nothing more to say, lineart isn't my thing yet.
I still wonder how do you choose the proper size for an ASCII lineart? Both this ASCII and your pokémon seem to fit exactly in your canvas to keep their original shapes. I find this matter to be a very difficult choice in such a small resolution.
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diamondie|Professional Writer
I don't really consider your opinion a beginner opinion. You are an expert in newbie's disguise! ;-> And thank you for commenting.

I'm not sure about the tail, but the horns do look assymmetric. But IMO they look that way in the original picture, too. I don't think brackets would have helped any.

Choosing a proper canvas size may be difficult, if you haven't noticed by Pokémons vary a bit in size. I think in general the earlier ones are smaller than the new ones and when making some of the most difficult ones (like the birds and Poliwag with the spiral on its tummy) I wish I had used a higher resolution! With other stuff I sometimes start at a size that turns out to be either too small or of the wrong size by other means.
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amolerouth|Professional Artisan Crafter
I love it! That's totally awesome... :hug: Thankees.

:+fav:
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diamondie|Professional Writer
Glad you liked it! Feel free to use it anywhere if you wish (like website or ID).
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Dimager's avatar
:) I like the expression You've managed to create on the dragons face - looks to me almost human :rose: Nice work, Maija!
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chirilas|Professional Photographer
lol sweet, an ASCII pokemon baseball playing dragon
what else can one ask for :)
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diamondie|Professional Writer
Hehe, though it's not a baseball bat. It's a wiffle bat. Major difference!
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chirilas|Professional Photographer
a wiffle bat ...
explain =P

sorry me stupid :)
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cool
good inspiration but that must have taken a long time how do you know what to use
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diamondie|Professional Writer
Thanks for commenting. It didn't take that much time since I have over seven years of practice with this. Perhaps 2-3 hours, it's very hard for me to say since I don't look at the clock when drawing. Picking the right characters is a skill you learn with time, just like almost everything that has to do with art.
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