Hey, I’m Accommodating!

25 Apr

Hey, I'm Accommodating!

It isn’t often that I stray from my signature color palette. Recently I was commissioned to create a group of portraits for a family here in Chicago. I was asked to use an earthier scheme so I decided that it would be fun to change it up for once (and it’s always a treat to pick out new colors for my paint collection). So what I’m trying to say here is that if you like what I’m doing but want to coordinate your art with your curtains I am probably willing to accommodate you with color requests.


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.
6 Dec

Chaos Yin Yang ©2011 Calvin Naylor

I mentioned earlier that Ein Ein Buttons created a set of custom pinback buttons featuring my art. The Ein Ein Buttons shop is now live so if you are looking for some fun stocking stuffers, custom buttons for your business, band or art, or just some random stuff for yourself then follow this link. Ein Ein also has a facebook page and if you are one of the first 20 people to send your mailing address to them you get a free button!


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).

Ein Ein

30 Oct

I’m playing around with gifs today. I’m getting my mind into working on my next project. I think if I work on small, 5 second chunks I will feel much more motivated. This one is for my partner who wants to start selling 1″ buttons under the name “Ein Ein Buttons”. It sounds cute and scary.

For this I just took a bunch of photos of one sketch using a fish-eye lens. Then I threw it in After Effects to make a composition and added filters, animated effects and text.



30 Oct


My friend Kelly P. and I made this one summer. We were going to make a bunch of stop-motions out of trash that we found in the alley’s of Chicago.

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.

A note on custom orders and the holidays

24 Oct

With the holiday season approaching this is the busiest time at Ornaglypholgy Studios. All custom painting orders that need to be completed for the holidays need to be ordered by November 21st. Please keep in mind that I am a one person crew so the earlier they get in the better as I have a limited number of paintings that I can complete each month. If you order and I am booked up I will let you know and we will figure it out from there.

To order a custom painting visit: to pick your size and pay. Then email a photo or a description (or both) of what you would like to happen in the painting. Paintings usually take a couple weeks to complete but I do not finish them off until I’m satisfied with the quality…so give me a month. If you have any questions or need suggestions send an email to I can’t wait to work on this years batch of paintings!

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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.

From gods to dogs….

13 Oct

©2011 Mindy Fisher

This week I worked on a small series of dog paintings. I wanted to have a recent example of what my pet portraits can look like and to also have some available on hand for the upcoming holiday season. If you have a request for a specific breed consider ordering a custom painting or shoot me an email with any questions at

Click here to see, in addition to the french bull, a chihuahua, beagle, greyhound and bull terrier!