Custmm Grumm – The project

This will be my most ambitious project in my spare time: Custmm Grumm!

Custmm Grumm

What is Custmm Grumm?

When I created Grumm, I had no plans with the moody fellow. But after I got invited to participate in a book about papertoys I started to think about the future of papertoys (and Grumm).

Two of those thoughts about the future is the base of this project: you should be able to modify/create a papermodel without expensive software or specialized knowledge.

Papertoys are, more then vinyl toys, difficult to customize. You need knowledge of image or vector programs link Photoshop or Illustrator. Besides the knowledge of these programs, you also need the program them selfs, which is not cheap. Another bump in customizing is the flat version of the model: the simple papertoys are not that difficult to understand, but the more complex models with more parts, it’s difficult to know which part goes where and how it will look.
It would be nice that you could create a custom skin and modify the model yourself.

Creating a custom skin for a model is done before: papercritters but modifying the model to isn’t.

I will try to make Custmm Grumm in Flash (AS3) so that it’s possible to create a custom skin and modify the model (with some restrictions of course)…

I had a discussion about this project on Nice Paper Toys if you want to know some more about the rocky start of this project.

Grim Grinning Grunt – a HedKase custom

Update #1: Grim Grinning Grunt can now be downloaded on the website of NiceBunny

This is a first for me: I finished a custom design!

I have a very bad habit of starting something, but never finishing it… I think I have about 6 custom toy designs (from different designers) laying around that need just a little attention and then they’re done.

Without knowing it, NiceBunny made me realize that when someone does me a favor (i.e. create a custom Grumm) I will return that favor…
In this case I created a custom HedKase created by NiceBunny.

And what fun I had doing that:

Grim Grinning Grunt

and I call him/it Grim Grinning Grunt

It’s possible that you don’t recognize the original HedKaseHedKase….

I modified it a little πŸ™‚

This is my way of saying: thx NiceBunny for a great Grumm Custom and I hope you enjoy Grim Grinning Grunt

Urban papercraft: PaperToys book Artists

Update #1: I have written a post about Jerom
Update #2: Read about Macula

I have written about the paperToys book from Matt Hawkins before: it’s a book about the most talented paperToy designers in the world!

(and I’m part of that group πŸ˜‰ )

Because the list is so impressive I should write about these people…..
And I already did that: a lot of these paperToy designers are part of my Urban papercraft series

But there are some where I will not write about: not because they are not talented, but they don’t meet the requirements for my definition of Urban Papercraft. So I hope I don’t offend someone, but this group of designers will be striked out (like this)

  1. Shin Tanaka — πŸ™‚ read my posts yes, wrote about him more then once…
  2. 3eyed Bear — πŸ™‚ read my post
  3. Speaker Dog — πŸ™‚ read my post
  4. Toypaper — πŸ™‚ read my post I love papercraft/Flash
  5. Sjors Trimbach — πŸ™‚ read my post one of the first paperToy designers a wrote about.
  6. Ken Munk — πŸ™‚ read my post I really like the idea of hunting trophies
  7. Carlo Giovani — πŸ™ very talented though
  8. E440 — πŸ™‚ read my post
  9. Illectronics — πŸ™‚ read my post
  10. Jonny Chiba — πŸ™‚ read my post
  11. PHILL — πŸ™‚ read my post
  12. Marshall Alexander
  13. Nice Bunny — πŸ™‚ read my post very recently
  14. SIZZA — πŸ™‚ read my post
  15. P.P. Bear 100% loading
  16. Big Chief
  17. Lou Lou
  18. Bryan Rollins
  19. Christopher Bonnette — πŸ™‚ Update #2: read my post
  20. Grumm — nice dude! πŸ˜‰
  21. Jerom — πŸ™‚ Update #1: read my post
  22. Burlabox
  23. Rommy very, very, very cute, but no blank template
  24. Cubotoy — very beautyfull, can’t find blank template, pitty πŸ™
  25. Matt Hawkins

I see I have my work cut out for me….

GrummBunny: a custom by NiceBunny

Update #1: I still haven’t got the time to build it myself, but you can download GrummBunny it now on the Grumm homepage.

I haven’t got time to build it myself πŸ™ , or create a downloadable template, but I had to share this with you.

The first custom Grumm in 2008
and more will follow!

NiceBunny has create a custom Grumm: GrummBunny
GrummBunny: a Grumm custom by NiceBunny

It now part of a bigger family:

Do you want to create a custom Grumm: I would be honored :). You can download the blank Grumm template, or get inspired by Grumm The Screamer Red which you can download.

NiceBunny can be found in a lot of places:
http://www.nicepapertoys.com/profile/NiceBunny (the social network create by NiceBunny)
http://www.nicebunny.com/
to name 2

I will create asap a download link
Visit the Grumm homepage for GrummBunny!
Or for you lazy bastard:

(The .ZIP file contains a .PDF)

Son of a Grumm – part 2



Son of a Grumm, originally uploaded by Matthijs Kamstra aka [mck].

A image that I made to promote Grumm and Son of a Grumm in particular on mySpace.

It seems to be working: the group of digital friends is slowly growing πŸ˜‰

Read more in a previous post or about the Urban Papertoy book

Son of a Grumm

Matt Hawkins started a book about papertoys which will be publish early 2009 (read more about this in a previous post).

I contributed Son of a Grumm, which is an exclusive custom Grumm design, to this book.

This is: Son of a Grumm

Son of a Grumm

If you curious about the first half of the papertoys for the book (working title ‘Urban paper’), goto the Custom Paper Toys-account at Flickr.

if you want to more about Grumm visit it’s homepage and perhaps make a custom.

Paper Toy Book preview

Update #1: I got the complete list of paper toy designers from Matt Hawkins


Paper Toy Book preview, originally uploaded by Custom Paper Toys.

Last year I was invited to joint a group of 24 of the most talented paper toy designers in the world. Matt Hawkins (you know him from his site Custom Paper Toys or his contributions to Paperforest) started a book which will be publish early 2009.

On the image you see the first half of the papertoys:

Just visit flickr and see the notes on the picture, so you see who made what….

My toy is the one with the gun: I call it Son of a Grumm.
When I have my own pictures of it, I will post it here

Grumm homepage update

I just updated the new Grumm homepage:

New Grumm homepage design

For the people that don’t know who Grumm is: read something about this moody piece of paper.

And if your not doing anything, read everything πŸ˜‰ , build Grumm the Screamer Red and be one the 10227 people who downloaded it (and, I hope, put it together) or create a custom design and send them to me. (with 8886 downloads you expect a lot of customs…. πŸ™ )

Grumm the Screamer Red

Show your appreciation for Grumm by sending money, beer, holiday trips, cars, Flash books, fan-mail, transparant gifs your pictures and custom designs of Grumm to me. I love it, and will place them on the Grumm homepage to see or download.

Grumm gets noticed…

I mention before that I got noticed by happysucks.com with a number 10 position for Grumm: in there post about “Paper Toy for Adults“.

This article is also read by one of my favorite papercraft sites Paperforest which triggered an avalanche of links to Grumm.

And to put some icing on the cake: one day later I got a post from boingboing!

This all happened without my knowledge: I was on a 3 week holiday in Thailand.
So I want to thank everybody who downloaded Grumm, linked to my site, made Grumm and customized Grumm.

Here some other nice articles about Grumm: urbanretrolifestyle.com, welikeplay.org.