ANSI artwork is a kind of low-resolution graphics that is created using the ANSI character set and its related color capabilities. It is typically made for the traditional 80 columns x 24 rows character mode display available on PC graphics cards. (24 rows as the 25th bottom row was usually occupied by the status line of the Terminal_Program.
ANSI artwork can exceed far beyond its ancestor of ASCII artwork.See also
- wikipedia on ANSI art
- An Abbreviated History of the Underground Computer Art Scene
- 16colo.rs - Collection of ANSI art work
ANSI artwork can be created entirely by hand in a text editor, but it is relatively cumbersome to do so.
Over time, dedicated software for the creation of ANSI art was established.
The most well-known software at the time is probably TheDraw
TheDraw is long unmaintained/abandoned.
Today, there are open source alternatives such as
and closed source programs like
- REXPaint (win32 only, but good support via wine)
ANSI art logo makers can also be utilized to create simple banners: