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An art book compiling all of my surreal artwork from the last few years.
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I've been doing surreal illustrations for many years and I've finally compiled all of my favorite pieces together to make a book!

Pictures for Brains is going to be a full-color book that's over 100 pages.

The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise enough money to fund a large enough print run to make the book profitable. Please share this page with as many people as possible to help us reach the goal!

 The Artist

My name is Ben Jelter. I'm an illustrator from San Francisco.

I've always been interested in art, science, and human history.

I've been posting my surreal pieces online for years. I have been lucky enough to have my art featured on many blogs including being Cartoon Brew's artist of the day. My art is for people who appreciate surrealism and creativity. I always want people to react and I hope to expand people's ideas of what kind of imagery makes compelling art.

One thing I noticed as a teenager (or maybe even earlier) was that if I did art that was even mildly creative I'd be told that it was 'weird' or 'scary.' This bothered me a lot. It reminded me of the exact same attitudes that have held back both science and culture throughout human history.

I wanted to make sure that if my art was going to be considered weird that it was actually weird. I figured that I could go as far out as possible and plant a flag and say THIS is weird. Everything else isn't that weird. My ultimate goal was to expand people's perception of what is normal.

It's my belief that the process of trying to understand things that are weird to us builds more acceptance of new ideas and other cultures, and helps expand our sense of empathy.

Good art should be like good comedy. It should challenge the audience. If it's just feeding their worldview back to them in a comfortable way I'd say that it's doing cultural damage.

I want people to see my art book not just as an art book but as a workbook to help people become more open minded. I want people to look at art that may seem weird to them and ask themselves why. Is there actually something evil about it or are they just reacting without thinking?

Artist Bio

Ben Jelter is an award-winning Illustrator, comic book author, and game designer from San Francisco. He has successfully funded three Kickstarters and self-published the comics The Tumor, Moscow 38, and Heliosphere: Future Shock. He also co-created the iOS game Sidius Nova. You can see his work at benjelter.com.


The Rewards

I have a lot of cool rewards including my comics and original artwork.
The book is the main reward. (Cover not final)
The book is the main reward. (Cover not final)
Heliosphere is a book about a girl named Maya who goes to a dystopian biopunk future.
Heliosphere is a book about a girl named Maya who goes to a dystopian biopunk future.
Moscow 38 is a surreal book that deals with adult themes like cults and human trafficking.
Moscow 38 is a surreal book that deals with adult themes like cults and human trafficking.
8x8" Art Print
8x8" Art Print


Risks and challenges

I already have enough art to make this book so it's just a matter of raising the funds to have the books printed. I have successfully fulfilled a few kickstarter campaigns already so I do not anticipate any problems with this one unless I have very serious personal or medical issues. In the event that it can not be fulfilled, I will refund the pledged money to the backers.

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    Supporter Tier

    This one is for the people who just want to support my art. I'll also be sure to thank you by listing you as one of the kickstarter backers!

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    Digital Book

    Get a high-res digital PDF of the book. This tier is the most cyberpunk.

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    *Early Backer Special!*

    As a special thank-you to everyone who helps me get the kickstarter started I will give you five bucks off!

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    Pictures for Brains: THE BOOK!

    You will receive a physical copy of Pictures for Brains. Limited Edition. Full color. 100+ Pages. I will sign each and every Kickstarter copy!

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    The book plus my comic *Heliosphere*

    Your book will come with a copy of my Sci-fi comic Heliosphere (200 pages, 5-star Amazon rating. See Heliospherecomic.com to find out more)

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    The book plus my comic *Moscow 38*

    Your book will come with a copy of my second comic Moscow 38. Follow the surreal story of two women that are stuck in a dark cult in New York City. Full-color, Hardcover

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    The book + a print + a drawing

    For this reward tier you will receive the book (all copies will be signed) but I will also draw a little picture in it for you. In addition you will receive an 8x8" print with art from the book. (choices will be available from a handful of pieces)

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    Trifecta package

    This will include all three books! Pictures for Brains, Moscow 38, and Heliosphere. Two comics, one art book!

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    *Original Artwork!*

    You will receive a signed copy of 'Pictures for Brains' and an original ink drawing that I used to create the artwork.

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    ***Ultra Trifecta package***

    This will include all three books AND a print AND an original ink drawing! Pictures for Brains, Moscow 38, Heliosphere, an 8x8 print, and one signed original ink drawing! You get everything.

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Funding period

- (27 days)