ANSI art is a form of digital art that was popular in the 1990s, particularly within the BBS community. ANSI art is created using ASCII characters and ANSI escape codes, which allow for color and cursor movement, to create images and animations.
In its simplest form, ANSI art involves arranging characters on a screen to create an image, usually with a limited color palette. ANSI artists used the full range of ASCII characters, including letters, numbers, and symbols, to create their artwork, which was often highly detailed and intricate. ANSI art could be used to create anything from simple logos and icons to complex scenes and animations.
ANSI art was typically created using specialized software called an ANSI editor, which provided an interface for creating and editing ANSI graphics. Some of the most popular ANSI editors included TheDraw, PabloDraw, and ACiD Draw.
The popularity of ANSI art was largely due to its ability to create rich, colorful graphics using only text characters, making it ideal for BBSs, which were often limited in terms of bandwidth and file size. ANSI art was also highly portable, as it could be easily transferred between BBSs and shared among users.
Today, ANSI art is still popular among hobbyists and enthusiasts, and there are many websites and online communities dedicated to preserving and promoting the art form. While ANSI art has largely been replaced by more advanced digital art forms, it remains an important part of the history of digital art and the early days of the internet.