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9 Jan

MaineCoonI recently created a Zazzle shop to sell my art reproduced on clothing, housewares, stickers, and other objects. I wanted to offer and even more affordable and functionable option for people who would like to support my art. Right now I feature mostly paintings of pets but I do have a couple Egyptian dieties and other animals. And if you don’t see something that you would like let me know! The entire process of getting the products up is a little time consuming and tedious so I am planning on adding more and more through the next few weeks or months.


13 Feb

©2012 Grombulus

This is what I’m currently working on. Right now it’s a collaboration with Jamie Flam, Vanessa Ragland, Caryn Ruby, Valerie Dambold and whoever else wants to join in on the fun. Initially I wanted a song of made up jibberish that I could make a video to. I wanted to be able to throw in a lot of ornaglyphs and create something that wasn’t a literal interpretation of something else. Later on Jamie and I both decided it would be even more fun and exciting to open up the project to anyone who feels like contributing. Guidelines are below. Let me know if there are any questions!

The Song: You can listen to it here. This was written and performed by Jamie and Vanessa. I just noticed the link is broken so if you want in email me: and I will send an mp3.

What I am looking for: Original artwork that is inspired by the song. This can include backdrops, paintings, scribbles, doodles, cartoon characters, ascemic writing, paint splatters, photographs, short video clips (5-20 seconds), etc. I will be using almost everything that gets contributed. And I want to emphasize that all skill levels are welcome! Even if you don’t feel like you are creative please jump in anyways, this will be fun! Be as spontaneous as you want to be. I will be using images/video layered in with my animations to be part of the scenery/atmosphere. The submissions may even influence what happens within the video on my end.

Things to know:

  •  Original art only please. Art/photos should be high-resolution (at least 300dpi). Keep in mind that I will be altering and layering the artwork to fit within the video and to create a consistent atmosphere. Email me at if you want to contribute!
  • As of right now there is no deadline. When I get closer to finishing my art I will have a better of idea of when I need art from contributers!
  •  My motivation for creating this video is fun, experience and learning. I have no plans on monetizing Grombulus (except maybe for fundraising for charity, those plans are in the distant future) so there’s no pay involved here. Anyone who contributes will be in the credits.

Buttons Rule

7 Nov

Buttons Rule

Thanks to Ein Ein Buttons I now have these great accessories available in my shop! Each one is based off ofa classic character from my painting series. These are fun and cute and make great gifts! This set comes with 6 buttons total (click the numbers under the photo to see more examples).

Chicken Lady @ Right-Brained Studio

28 Oct

This photo was taken about a month ago at Right-Brained Studio’s pop-up gallery The Candy Store. I made this giant chicken lady for a window display that never was completed due to lack of resources and storage space. Now she’s on display in Oak Park! If anyone is interested in acquiring this bird I’ll take the best offer. Or go here and buy her.

Risky Business

21 Oct

I consider anyone who orders custom work from me to be somewhat of a risk taker. I mean, you have an idea of what the painting will look like as far as the colors I use, and you know it will be cartoony…but unless you hand me a bunch of instructions on what you want in a painting you are going to get some surprises. My favorite paintings are when people give me a loose theme to work with or allow me to use my characters as an addition to the portrait or landscape. I love that the collaboration starts with my client, I put the painting together, then they get to come up with a story or caption that goes with the painting. The paintings truly become alive within this partnership. This also means I get the best kinds of clients, people who are fun, willing to take a risk, spontaneous and creative themselves (even if it’s unknown to them).

Now I am writing this because I am very happy to announce that I am sponsoring this week’s episode of Risk! For those who are not familiar with Risk! it is a podcast, hosted by Kevin Allison, “where people tell true tales they never thought they’d dare to share”. I’ve listened to every episode and it is one of my favorite podcasts. I love Risk! for it’s honesty, hilarity, and just good stories told by some of the ballsiest people. It is one of the best ways you can spend an hour.

Listen to this week’s episode “New at This”  and you will find out about a promo code for 15% off anything and everything in my shop! 

You can visit my shop at or send me an email at info@ornaglyphology if you have any questions about ordering custom work.

Mental Patients Against Stigma

1 Sep

My partner has lived with bipolar disorder, anxiety and agoraphobia for many years now. It’s always disappointing to hear the ignorant views that people have towards people who have mental disorders and illnesses…and we often discuss what can be done to change this and really the only answer that we can think of is that there needs to be more awareness. One day Calvin came up with an idea to design a t-shirt. We thought about it and brainstormed for a couple weeks. Calvin came up with the slogan and acted as the art director, I created the graphic.

What we wanted to convey is that people with mental disorders carry a great weight on their shoulders and they need support from people instead of being kicked down. I had the image of Atlas in my mind so used that as a reference and switched the globe to a brain. We wanted to keep it simple so we also used traffic signs as inspiration. Calvin didn’t think he deserved credit for the design but he really did help direct me and I changed quite a few things in the design due to his critique. Having a second set of eyes was a huge help to me, I am not used to being a graphic designer.

We also want to mention that we gave this graphic an Attribution license under Creative Commons…so this means you can reuse it in any way you see fit. The idea is that we want this to get around to as many people as possible.  If you need the vector for anything feel free to email me at and I will happily send it to you! We also set up a zazzle shop where you can purchase shirts and other merchandise if you don’t feel like making your own.


10 Mar

If you are in the NYC area between April 9th and 10th I will be there tabling at MOCCA! I am very excited for this, there are going to be lots of awesome artists attending (Peter Bagge, Jules Feiffer, Bill Plympton and Jessica Abel to name a few of my favorites). Right now I’m hustling to complete a mini comic and some paintings so I have some new stuff to offer. I’m also thinking of doing a small printing of Chicken Head Hit-Lady (my 24 hour comic from a couple years ago), the coloring book and will also have the Suburban Legends mini’s. I can’t wait!

Weekly goals

27 Feb

I’m getting ready to participate in MOCCA in April. I really want to have a new mini-comic ready for that plus some paintings so I have set up some goals for each week to stay on track. If I follow this I will have a 24 page mini comic and 12 small paintings in addition to my coloring book, my 24 hour comic book, chicken head pins, regular pins, and older mini’s.  I also hope to make a slideshow of my custom portraits so I can have a dvd player showing that stuff (as well as the music video).  I’m super excited for this!

My weekly goals for march:

First 4 weeks (each week)
*put down 7 layers of paint on my paintings
*pencil 4 pages
*ink those 4 pages

Final week:
*Design cover for mini-comic
*Do ornaglyphic writing on paintings and fix mistakes
*Get ready for MOCCA (NYC!!!)!

Extra Credit: Practice drums 100 minutes a week.

Trick or Treat Comic Jam

31 Oct

This is a great comic-jam that I created with two of my students at Right-Brained Studio during my comic book making class. Comic jams are great exercises for beating writers block. We each took turns writing and drawing panels so the story would be completely unpredictable. I think this one is a perfect execution because it’s short, absurd and has a great punchline (and really the funniest parts were drawn by the kids).

Check out Chika a Day!

16 Oct

I met Naomi Martinez probably about five years ago when I was tabling at the DIY Trunk Show for the first time.  She told me that she was working on a comic book and gave me her card. Later in the year we met up again at Gutters which was a monthly comic book group held at Chicago Comics. Since then we’ve been great friends and I really admire her style (and she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met).

Naomi’s art is always positive, colorful and fun. The majority of her pieces feature Chika’s (super cool grrrls) and Monstrochika who is a little furry, blue monster. She also creates plushes, murals, and other fun stuff. Someday I would love to see a children’s book from Naomi. Until then I recommend checking out her website and her blog. Currently she is drawing a doodle a day and has over 20 doodles up so far. The image I have featured here is one of those (and it kind of reminds me of myself when I was little).