Lindemann’s Hard Copy

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Finally got my hard copy (euphemism intended) of Lindemann’s ‘Skills in Pills’ album. My illustrated interpretation of ‘Fish On’ was stupidly fun to draw and I’m now mulling over ideas for ‘Cowboy’. As much as I’d like to have a bash at an illustration per song (as someone has actually suggested to me), some lyrics should not be touched with a bargepole (euphemism definitely not intended)!

Fish On:

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‘Fish On’ – Lindemann: Typography illustration

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Finally got round to listening to Lindemann’s album ‘Skills in Pills‘ and couldn’t miss the opportunity of illustrating ‘Fish On’. Not heard so many fish-euphemisms in one place since ‘Laichzeit’ by Rammstein. Till Lindemann certainly does like his fish poetry and it is always so unbelievably amusing to illustrate.

And the result is my usual illegible typography swirling from a (rather phallic-looking) eel’s mouth, crawling from the zip of some bloke’s jeans (I can only dream they’re Till’s!). My mind is truly climbing the H.R.Giger counter since leaving university. I’ll never be anywhere near Giger’s genius but he is always an inspiration.

Note: for anyone who’s not a fisherman and unsure of what the item is in the top right corner, it’s a discourger, used for removing hooks from a fish’s throat. Along with the hook, one to catch and one to let go it seemed appropriate for the song!

Typography urge- ‘Reise Reise’ – Rammstein


Another Rammstein-inspired typography experiment. Rammstein are my favourite band and I always end up whistling one of their songs at random while at work. It’s usually ‘Mutter’ or ‘Laichzeit’ that springs out when I start whistling but recently it’s been the chorus of ‘Reise Reise’. So I’ve fuelled the tune into a typography experiment to see if I can finally get a different song in my head. The typeface is loosely based on the old Fraktur typefaces but with more (technically-called) squiggly bits.

The other Rammstein-inspired piece I did a month or so ago was based on ‘Laichzeit’, meaning ‘spawning time’.


Typography Experiment: ‘Laichzeit’ – (spawning time) – Rammstein


Err… not sure what to say about this one other than it’s a bit less innocent than my usual imagery. As I usually avoid typography with a barge pole, recently I have actually been trying to experiment more and this idea has been bouncing around my brain for a while. The word ‘Laichzeit’ is German for ‘spawning time’, and is (not) coincidentally one of my favourite songs by German metal band Rammstein! In the song, the ‘Fisch’ (fish) is a metaphor for…er…something else, so I’ve tried to mirror the suggestiveness of the lyrics in the imagery.

This typography experiment was created using fineliners, white gel pen and coloured pencil (on the eggs only). I apologise for the shadowy area at the bottom, my sketchbook is too big to fit in the scanner!

The typography itself was actually inspired by an artwork by the late H.R.Giger, used on the cover of ‘Giger’s Necronomicon‘, 1976. If you haven’t heard of him but want to find out more, be aware that saying his work in ‘suggestive’ is a gross understatement.


‘Paranoia .. … .. -. -… .-.. — — — (is in bloom)’, typography experiment



I’m not cut out for scrap-booking, no pun intended. A few weeks ago I bought all the stuff I needed to start making a scrapbook of nice things and memories… Then this thing decided to manifest itself and take up residence on the first page. So it is now going to be my book of inspirational, illustrated quotes and lyrics instead.

This typographical-illustration experiment was inspired by the lyrics in the song Uprising by Muse, especially by the first line ‘Paranoia is in bloom’, hence the text in the image and the suspicious eyes surrounded by petals. Despite the eyes being able to see the insect-like satellites hovering around, they remain unaware of the transmitter disguised in their midst. Yep, that’s my attempt at symbolism!

And yes, the dots and dashes under ‘paranoia’ is indeed morse code, a ‘language’ that is on my list of things to learn. I’m sure it’d come in useful at some point, maybe only when I’m watching University Challenge on the BBC but never mind.

This illustration was created using fineliners and white pen on brown (scrapbook) paper. Really, I don’t know what I was thinking. I don’t even like scrap-booking.