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It is the season of the List (Yeah!)

It's the end of the year, the best of times and the worst of times. That point has come when we prepare ourselves for what is to come (and relive our past traumas) by making lists.

For your consideration, here are a few carefully selected random lists:

1. A list of names for the next decade in comic strip form… Yey.  — via Dieselsweeties

see more hipster robot webcomics and pixel t-shirts

Also a list of decades, from the 17th century BC until the 22nd, Who would have thought that time moves in such gracious, eternal cycles?
—from Wikipedia.

2. You are what you read— Stereotyping readers by their favourite author is the bookworms' equivalent to choosing your friends by their preference in shoes. Even though Lauren Leto does it very well and with a huge pinch of salt thrown in.


3. A list (in Pictures) of tastes exploding in peoples mouths and how yummy tastes affect our expression. Probably mostly from commercials.

—Via FNH

4. A list of things that did not happen quit…

Can we come out yet? Have they finished slugging it out?

This is the small difference between twelve and half past twelve… Some slight tweaks and the ground was there! Now they can have at each other whilst standing on a soon-to be smashed foreground!

Also: Colour layer! The Bash without a protective coat of lines!

The End.

A whole lot of Punch…

Is about to be thrown. These two have been at it for days and now, it's time to let the have it out in peace and quiet. Don't look anyone, this is about to get ugly!

Bringing the halves together

I know that I have a propensity for publishing byte-sized morsels of information… So instead of saying more to come and making a huge mystery out of what is, at the end of the day, a fun little sketch that I'm working on with some enjoyment, here are the bits that were missing from the picture.

Now: More to come.

Beginning, second half.

Here's another colour layer… At this stage, it looks like something you'd find on the walls of Lascaux. Which is good, I suppose.

This is going somewhere…

One half of a beginning…

A break from christmas and all the festivities… Have a colour layer!

I usually find this layer more interesting that the linework it is based on… And while it is still flat and undershaded, I am beginning to see where I am going with this sketch!

More mayhem is moving your way!

Santa: The sequel

Have a great Holiday!

This Guy has his hands full…

Carl Klapp 12: The Merry Mailbox

Today, Carl gets to regret that he does not live in a stately mansion, furnished with a fireplace and warm Brandy on demand. It is Jûlfést, after all.

Happy celebrations!

Carl Klapp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License.


Remember the March of the Small Black Men? This is what it would look like, were it to be animated.

(This is hoping animated Gifs will upload correctly)
UPDATE: They dont't. Click on the picture for the animated version


Now that Projet Männchenmarsch is over and done with, I will slowly divulge the secrets of the making. Today: Evolution form Sketches to a fully-fledged vectorised character.

Note that the last character has lost his tricorder… the reasons will become obvious in time.

And now for the night.

A few weeks ago, I took part in a low/Available light Photography Workshop with FreiRaum Photagraphy. Working with my trusty Olympus and a lens definitely not made for this kind of work, these pictures were taken in the still-warm Berlin, frozen over by now. In the spirit of things shining in the night, have my favourite pictures from that!

Happy Sunday and may you be very merry in your merriment.

Project Männchenmarsch.

This is another one of those teaser posts which are gonna be followed by a more detailed explanation of what the hell is going on here.

For now, I will have to leave it at the project logo.

The March of the Small Black Men

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted any sketches. I was a bit taken aback yesterday, looking at the blog, finding that all my recent posts were about Youtube videos or net crazes… which, in itself is fine. I love the web and the great and funky weirdness it sometimes provides. But…

The very simple explanation is that most of my output recently has been work-related and I have to keep most of it under wraps. But to give you a tiny little hint of what is going on in front of the screen right now, have a gander at this:

More, hopefully to come as it does.

I'm never gonna shower again…

Ah, the joys of the clean bathroom. It shines and sparkles and it smells nice. It makes the morning that much brighter and the water feel warmer and all manner of things cuddly, hygienic and fragrant. 
Here's what really happens, courtesy of the league of People against Dirty. It seems they want nutrition information printed on cleaning products.

Via wordsandpictures.

Did the Beatles really Break Up? Did John Lennon really Die?

Well- ygno…

From what I assume to be a parallel universe (or California), hails one James Richards, who claims to have stumbled across an unreleased, unpublished, maybe even unrecorded new album by the Fab Four. 

If you wanna have a listen, this would be the place to click.

For the full story (and a download of the Album) go ahead and click riiiight here

Never mind the veracity of this story, I like the idea behind it.

Thanks to Tasmo!

The picture used and the Tracks linked to are from James' Richards' site!

Tuesday Train Sketch

So, once again, I am heading out to Potsdam several mornings a week.
And once again, my favourite occupation on the train that takes me there is sketching my neighbours' cartoony alter egos.


What better way to start the week than three buxom lovelies, happily welcoming the opportunity that a new series of seven days presents…

This sketchbook is filling up quite nicely!
Coming soon: Variations on H!

Carl Klapp 11: Noneday

Some mornings are not for the getting up. Observe as our protagonist encounters just such a strange and wondrous occurrence.

Carl Klapp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License.

New sketchbook!

A trusty A5 project book has once again been added to the dimensionally transcendental arsenal that is my bag.

In itself, nothing so special. I go through about four of these a year, with no regrets. But one of the traditions I have with these books is that the first page should be filled with a bang, or with a babe.

The newest one starts like this:


Todays' random project of interest has been around since 1994.
It's called Exactitudes
Photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek, working from Rotterdam have been collecting portraits of people from various walks of life, motivated by a shared interest for similarities in the way people from the same strata of society dress. Over the years, they have compiled an extensive library of groupings from various continents, situations and lifestyles. 

It is an amazing documentation without taking into consideration that the photos are good, too.

Find it here.

You might find yourself there.

The Naxos Experiment

A while back, I posted sketches of a poster for a performance of Strauss' opera Ariadne on Naxos. Today, I would like to confront you, dear reader, with what I ended up competing with. The Posters are based on the idea that Opera is sound, and in sound our imaginations are left to discover the images we think should go with it.

The first version, in black and white…

Soon turned into a coloured version, when everyone started asking "Why the hell Black and white?"

To answer those people: Colour is almost everywhere. Undersaturation was a relief to me when I made this.

This! Is! Spider!

And , to add to the Transmet Triptych, the Trio Triumphant, tipsy with tipple. Yelena is terrifying, taking no tincture yet thirsting for ethanol and tobacco.

Ellis and Robertson, thank you…

By the way: 300.

Yummy Dummy Fillers

One of those things I keep an eye out for is relatively interesting placeholder text to use when setting type.

I seem to finally have found a multilingual dummy text page, created by Thorsten Hagen and Immo Seebörger of the Sachbearbeiters. Even though is geared more towards the web design crowd, the variety of texts on offer and the option to set length, weights and number of paragraphs on the page make it viable for use in print, as well as offering a quick preview of what could be on site. Another nice touch is the html format box at the bottom left, which can be copied right into your style sheet, sparing you a lot of hacking.

My one niggle with the site is the placement of the language buttons, as they made me think that they were responsible for changing the language of the site, not of the text. Other than that I can recommend it. 

Via Fontblog

Super Filthy Magical Assistant Channon!

Continuing the exploration of Transmetropolitan, we are faced today with Channon Yarrow. And a bowel disruptor. Run fast.

Have an informative link!

Today is a good day to dry.

Slappy Spider

He's a malformed, insane, honest, drug-addicted, kind black hearted bastard. He's right all the same.

Happy Fridays all!

Ways to waste time with Youtube 101

Here's one for all the youtube addicts out there: A web application that transforms those pixelated films you get to watch into  tiny little keyframes. It's called yooouuutuuube, and does something like this:

Now go there and try it with select viedeos of your choosing.

Eigenharp Mk01

Music is probably the first thing I got into, like many other people. Before music, write electronic, then you get the idea. I've loved electronic music, and in fits of madness, even made my own (now proudly defunct and undead).

I've seen the racks and the tables and the mixers and the decks and it's all pretty… unwieldy. All that lovely, mouthwatering equippment does not have the charm of someone playing a bass on a street corner. So, for the first time in ages, I am excited by an undistorted instrument. It is called the Eigenharp and is, from my understanding, an interface that will map just about any instrument to its keys and allow you to play it.

I never learned to play any instrument, unless tin cans and my knees count, but this is… amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing how this might work in a concert setup.

A video of the Bond theme being played on the 'arp.

Here's a link to a more detailed review/ explanation at Distorted Loop.

¿What the Hades? Fairies?

I've caught Fablesitotitis. It's what happens when you choose certain literature to be your evenings' entertainment. So here is a Snapshot of the Big Bad Wolf (reformed) and Tinkerbells Sister-in-Law.

"Yeah, it's cute, the way you're floating up there flashing your bust 'n all,
but I know that you're behind that fairy dust smuggling ring."

Have a link to a wiki.

Grand Guignol: The poster— Small Variations

So, apparently the posters look great… I haven't seen them yet. So while we're waiting, this sequence of 15 variations on the theme of this particular poster… because the devil is in the detail.

Be brave!

Giants in Berlin! Earth Shakes. Not very much.

I went, in hope of experiencing a real life Godzilla moment. Giants, towering 7 metres above the ground! A diver, 15 metres tall, marching throug the Brandenburg Gate!

What I got was impressive, but squeaky. The pictures of a day misspent at the Brandenburg Gate, as I realised that this kind of thing might
work better on TV than Unter Den Linden.

Even though, with a bit more action and a bit less waiting, I can see how this might be a very enjoyable experience…

 Here's a link to the project.

UPDATE: And here's a link to, and a picture gallery.

Clowns! Cutlery! Consolation! Cans!

Happy Sunday all! Rejoice, for today the walls have once again been drenched in paint and glue! They have been immortalised in their decorated state in pixels! They are displayed below! 

Grand Guignol: The poster— rumors of what is to come.

If you are reading this, it must be Friday. Today, the posters shall be finished and delivered unto us. We shall have proof that what you see here has come to fruition and has become embodied in ink. Or has it? Is this just a rumor?

All shall be revealed.

Grand Guignol: Give me a hand… a bony hand.

The central theme, the Leitmotiv, the Main Visual of The Poster for The Horror Experiment is, as you may have noticed, a hand; holding a dangerous, steaming and green liquid, teeming with mystery and deadly intent it graces flyers and poster, boldly advertising the plays.

The hand started out as a pencil and ink sketch on a stormy night in the initial stage. Knowing this would not do at all, I proceeded to colour it in signature red and add the green goo…

… which of course had to be steaming to be at all convincing. Somewhere along the line, outlines must have been melted away by the goo, as the test tube no longer has any by this stage.

This Version of the hand decorated the face of the first two flyers…
When it became obvious we would be using the hand for the poster as well, it was time to really make the brew bubble and turn up the Technicolor steam engine, leading to this:

Is this the version we used on the final poster? Do the Arches Fall before the end? Does Akzidenz Grotesk surviv…