When you’re at a party, are you more comfortable talking to people… or hanging out with the family pet? If you answered the latter, then chances are you're an introvert. Illustrator Neethi captures this nervousness and loathe of chit-chat in her series Socially Awkward Adult. The animated GIFs, still illustrations, and writing depicts her as an introverted character navigating the perils of get-togethers. From restless toe-tapping to staking out a spot on the wall, the subtle movements in her GIFs are expressions of the anxiety she feels inside.
Neethi had the idea for the series after chatting with writer Meera Ganapathi. “I wondered,” she writes, “‘Don't we all have that one socially awkward friend?’ I wasn't so sure. That's when I realized, it's probably me.” Continuing, “I've grown into a 27-year old who looks for benches to crawl under, or curtains to hide behind at events involving more than three people.”
“I’ve been told I zone out often in a gathering,” Neethi later revealed to HuffPost. “My friends find it hard to introduce me, since they know my standard courtesies would include just a string of awkward giggles. Believe me, I have tried! I’ve gone up to people with the intention of having a meaningful conversation, only to blurt out lines like, ‘hi-you-look-taller-on-Instagram.’”
Socially Awkward Adult is a work of satire, but if you're someone with the classic introvert character traits, you might be laughing as you shake your head in affirmation—that you, too, want nothing more than to curl up on the couch and watch Netflix (alone) on a Friday night. Neethi’s digital art makes those who feel out of place at a gathering validated in their emotions. With this, and series like hers, introverts can be united—but separately, of course.
Art imitates life in illustrator Neethi's series, Socially Awkward Adult.
In a series of illustrations, animations, and writing, she describes the perils of party going.
If you have these same introvert character traits, you'll probably relate to Neethi's struggle.
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