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!
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?
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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