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I've volunteered to use some of my Cthulhu reputation to sponsor a Christmas/holiday contest. You all have aced previous holiday questions, so I'm going to give you a bit more of a challenge: Draw me Krampus, the Krampus is a beast-like creature who punishes bad children at Christmas.

I'll judge the entries myself and award the one I like the most and award it a bounty of 500 reputation as the grand prize.

There are also four honourable mention categories, though they don't come with extra reputation:

  1. Pure TeX. Only TeX may be used, no LaTeX, ConTeXt, Lua, etc. Extra credit if you use a really old version.

  2. No fancy graphics packages; no TikZ, pgf, PSTricks, pst-plot, Metapost, Asymptote, etc. The best Krampus you can using things not designed to draw things.

  3. Technical achievement; This will be voted on by a committee of volunteers from respected communities members (as I'm not qualified to judge it) and will be awarded to the most impressive use of *TeX, regardless if it is the best looking.

  4. Finally, the people's choice award will go to the most upvoted submission as of the close date.

I'm going to give this a tentative date of the 21st, but that may be subject to change if I'm in transit that day, or I can't set the bounty to run that long.

The rules:

  • Have fun

  • You have to draw the whole thing in some member of the TeX family; no using import graphics.

  • Be positive to others entries

  • The goal is to have fun, so don't try and weasel around any restrictions.

  • Obey Wheaton's Law

  • Cthulhu Fhtagn

  • I reserve the right to add more honourable mentions for stuff I find cool (Best use of LaTeX3, best animated Krampus, etc)

(Feel free to give me feedback on this contest; I've never run one before, it just seemed like a lot of fun.)

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up vote 73 down vote accepted
+500

You did ask for a Christmas tree? (I updated the tree to straighten it out)

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Wow. That is frightening. How long did that take you? –  Canageek Dec 12 '13 at 3:48
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Amazing. Could you please add some additional information how did you do it? Is it "by hand"? Amazing! –  Dror Dec 12 '13 at 8:49
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@Canageek the longest part was when I posted it the first time and the sx system said it was 40k characters and I'm only allowed 30k so I had to hand re-arrange it, shame really the first tree was nicer:-) In fairness I should reference the original image, I had not heard of Krampus before so I relied on the internet to show me what it was supposed to look like and the above is more a less a monochrome bitmap of part of this livraineysmith.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/… –  David Carlisle Dec 12 '13 at 9:32
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@Canageek I saved the image as a monochrome bitmap just using mspaint, then extracted that as a 0/1 array using some random online website service found by google, then just hit that with emacs editing until it looked like tex, then added random linebreaks by hand until it looked like a tree. It was half an hour or so's playing, it took much longer then to hand edit the thing to save 10K characters to fit it in the site limit:( that's when I added the catcode stuff, to save having thousands of \ –  David Carlisle Dec 12 '13 at 21:41
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@Canageek I was sad the tree was distorted so I updated and used base 26 to encode the run lengths instead of base 10, so the character count is much reduced so it fits easily in the site constraints. No change in the output. –  David Carlisle Dec 14 '13 at 1:10

ASCII Krampus, run with xetex. I used an image I found via Google image search as the base.

\special{background rgb  .25 .15 .14}
\def\mainfont{DejaVu Sans Mono}
\hoffset=-1in
\font\tenrm="\mainfont:color=A28367" \rm
\font\red="\mainfont:color=FD482F"
\catcode`\R=13
\def R#1{{\ \ \red #1}\ }
\offinterlineskip
\obeylines\obeyspaces\let =\ 

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\bye
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Menlo is not available in non-Mac operating systems. –  giordano Dec 20 '13 at 11:48
    
\def\mainfont{DejaVu Sans Mono} should produce basically the same output –  JLDiaz Dec 20 '13 at 12:18

I'm not a good artist, but here I leave a bust of Krampus. Drawn using a thing designed to draw things. :(

enter image description here

Code

\documentclass[tikz]{standalone}
\usetikzlibrary{shadings}
\definecolor{LightGreen}{rgb}{.4,.8,.6}
\definecolor{SoftGreen}{rgb}{.2,.4,.4}
\begin{document}
    \begin{tikzpicture}[x = .25mm, y = .25mm]
        \fill[top color=LightGreen,bottom color=SoftGreen] (-10,10) rectangle (380,-340);
        \path[clip,preaction={fill=black}] plot[smooth] coordinates{(219,-330) (204,-301) (210,-290) (203,-278) (203,-271)
        (213,-274) (243,-298) (254,-322) (261,-301) (262,-289) (270,-282) (271,-276)} -- plot[smooth] coordinates{(272,-276) 
        (283,-279) (302,-293) (326,-299) (344,-290) (356,-273) (355,-254) (354,-236) (364,-230) (370,-230) (365,-223)
        (351,-223) (342,-229) (338,-242) (339,-258) (334,-272) (316,-273) (305,-263) (296,-255) (289,-251) (283,-250)} --
        plot[smooth] coordinates{(283,-248) (283,-242) (276,-235) (281,-234) (290,-239) (300,-239) (302,-229) (296,-219)
        (291,-198) (283,-190) (276,-186) (273,-182) (280,-179) (286,-172) (284,-160) (276,-156) (266,-145) (259,-138)
        (254,-129) (254,-115) (255,-109) (251,-107)} -- plot[smooth] coordinates{(249,-103) (217,-46) (168,-13) (109,-3)
        (67,-32) (30,-78) (3,-134) (0,-171) (6,-177) (10,-160) (35,-122) (73,-81) (127,-70) (159,-90) (170,-111)} --
        plot[smooth] coordinates{(165,-112) (156,-113) (146,-117) (135,-120) (121,-118) (114,-117) (98,-118) (88,-121)
        (78,-121) (68,-126) (66,-129) (79,-134) (88,-140) (100,-152) (109,-158) (118,-162) (115,-172) (108,-179) (97,-188)
        (87,-200) (73,-218) (82,-214) (78,-222) (66,-238) (77,-234) (69,-243) (61,-260) (75,-249) (66,-261) (57,-274)
        (66,-267) (50,-291) (56,-288) (49,-311) (43,-330)} -- cycle;
        \fill[left color=black, right color=red] plot[smooth] coordinates{(282,-249) (280,-278) (289,-308) (340,-315)
        (369,-263) (373,-233) (353,-198) (327,-237) (295,-247)} -- cycle;
        \fill[white] (264,-181) circle (2.5);
    \end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

I know that is not impressive like David Carlisle's answer, but I had so much fun. :D

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This is a great picture and I wish I understood any package well enough to do this (whether designed to draw things or not). But it is not an answer to the question, is it? Since it uses something explicitly prohibited, albeit to very good effect... –  cfr Dec 18 '13 at 23:56
    
@cfr Use TikZ is not prohibited, only an honorable mention is not obtained... I think. :) –  OSjerick Dec 19 '13 at 0:21
    
Oops. You're right. My mistake. Sorry. You are just disqualified from 2 honourable mentions, I think! I think you could still qualify for the other 2, in fact, now I read it properly. –  cfr Dec 19 '13 at 0:52
    
Exactly. I was expecting lots of entries, I just wanted to see what could be done without it. Did you design this yourself or base it off another image? –  Canageek Dec 20 '13 at 1:16
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@Canageek I was expecting too, especially to learn a lot (I could not do it with the Carlisle's answer, hahaha). I saw the silhouette in a concert poster (link missed), crop the image and create a HTML app to extract pixels positions by clicking, corrected a few things, and I've colored. –  OSjerick Dec 20 '13 at 2:40

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