My name is Avner Geller. I am an artist working at Dreamworks Animation in Los Angeles, where I've worked on films like Trolls, Peabody and Sherman and Penguins of Madagscar. In my spare time, I've created an Instagram series of satirical illustrations based on real conversations that I've overheard. After having drawn over 100 of these scenes, I am finally ready to compile them all into one big book: Things That I Hear.
After spending the past four years sharing these illustrations online, I'm excited to bring them to life in print. Things That I Hear includes 128 pages of richly detailed illustrations that elevate the work from a simple cartoon book to a beautiful collection of art pieces that will bring a fun pop of color and humor to any coffee table. The book includes numerous exclusive illustrations beyond some of the material you may have seen online.
This project started from my passion of drawing characters. I love to sketch in cafes, on public transportation and around the city. Having lived in Los Angeles for the past few years, I've witnessed trends come and go. Mustaches were replaced with man buns, yoga studios added goats to their classes, and online dating became more hellish than ever. The one thing you can still count on is finding avocado toast on every menu. In such a vibrant, trend-setting, millennial filled city, you are bound to hear some crazy things.
The conversations I overhear are an acute reflection of our modern lives. They reveal moments of awkward public intimacy, biting self-awareness, and the discomforts of luxury. In other words, they provide the perfect material for satirical cartoons that reflect how silly we all really are :)
The conversations illustrated in the book are inspired by people from all walks of life: Aspiring actor/producer/yoga teacher, pretentious barista, poetic mixologist, vegan tattoo artist, emo life coach, screenwriter/Trader Joe’s clerk, etc. Whether you were born with an iPhone in your hand or struggling to find the microphone button while skyping with your kid, you are sure to find relatable characters and moments in this book.
I am really excited to add this stretch goal! This is a collection of travel sketches done on location during my travels. Sketching outside is huge source of inspiration to me, both for getting ideas, studying characters, architecture and of course practicing drawing. This brand new sketchbook (vol. 1) includes sketches from all over Italy, so be sure to find some fashionable folks and plenty of espresso drinkers inside! If we reach this stretch goal this reward will be included with tiers $45 and up.
Risks and challenges
The Art in the book is nearly finished so the hard part is over! Currently, I am working with a graphic designer on the layouts to make sure everything looks great, and ready for print.
As always, unpredictable issues with printing and shipping may occur, especially when making a book with so many full-color pages. I have self-published before, and have the experience and confidence to make sure you all get a beautiful high-quality book.
I will keep you posted on the progress, as the books are being printed and shipped to me, and mail out the books as soon as I receive them from the printer to avoid delays as much as possible.
While you are waiting for the book to be printed, Please visit www.instagram.com/avnergeller for more art and updates.
Your support truly means the world to me. Please help me spread the word, share this project and bring it to life.
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