If you want to create ASCII art but don't have the time or skill to do it from scratch by hand, try this tool I whipped up in an hour. You'll need the Allegro library and a compatible compiler (preferably DJGPP or another GCC port) to build it; otherwise, grab a DOS binary at http://www.cs.rose-hulman.edu/~yerricde/ascii.zip .

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/*

ascii art conversion utility
Copyright 2001 Damian Yerrick

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining
a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the
"Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including

without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish,
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permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to
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The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
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THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
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NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS
BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN
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OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS
IN THE SOFTWARE.

*/

/*

ascii.c converts a bitmap (in .bmp or .pcx format) to ASCII art.
It treats the least significant bitplane as a monochrome image,
making 0 dark and 1 light.  Each character sent to stdout represents
a 2x2 cell in the bitmap.

It uses the Allegro library to read the bitmap.  Allegro is a
multimedia library that has been ported to POSIX+X11, DOS, Windows,
BeOS, and Mac OS.  There are library extensions that allow Allegro
to handle other file formats such as PNG.
  http://alleg.sourceforge.net/allegro/

Because of the simple design of the program, it is also extremely
easy to port to other imaging APIs.

Compilation on DOS:
  gcc -Wall -O ascii.c -lalleg -o ascii.exe
Compilation on Linux:
  gcc -Wall -O ascii.c `allegro-config --libs` -o ascii

*/

#include <allegro.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

/* the following line is not line noise but instead the
   characters that represent 2x2 pixel tiles */
char tiles[16] = "MPV\"b)\\'d/(`a., ";

int main(int argc, char **argv)
{
  BITMAP *bmp;
  int y;

  install_allegro(SYSTEM_NONE, &errno, atexit);

  if(argc != 2)
  {
    allegro_message("usage: ascii foo.bmp\n");
    return EXIT_FAILURE;
  }

  /* if you've installed Allegro library extensions for
     other bitmap formats, register their functions here */

  bmp = load_bitmap(argv[1], NULL);
  if(bmp == NULL)
  {
    allegro_exit();
    fprintf(stderr, "ascii Error: could not load bitmap `%s'\n", argv[1]);
    return EXIT_FAILURE;
  }

  for(y = 0; y < bmp->h; y += 2)
  {
    int x;
    for(x = 0; x < bmp->w; x += 2)
    {
      int c = 0;
      if(getpixel(bmp, x,   y  ) & 1)
        c |= 8;
      if(getpixel(bmp, x+1, y  ) & 1)
        c |= 4;
      if(getpixel(bmp, x,   y+1) & 1)
        c |= 2;
      if(getpixel(bmp, x+1, y+1) & 1)
        c |= 1;
      putchar(tiles[c]);
    }
    putchar('\n');
  }
  destroy_bitmap(bmp);

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}
/* Allegro uses this to translate main() into a WinMain() for some ports */
END_OF_MAIN();

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To use it, make sure you have a monochrome .bmp or .pcx file and then:
ascii foo.bmp > foo.txt

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