Deviation Actions

BenHeine's avatar


NEW: I'm now making music, JOIN ME ON SOUNDCLOUD!

NEW: Prints of this artwork now available!

This portrait took me some 9 days of intense work (please also see some details and the making). It is exclusively made with "flat circles" on a black background. I first made a photomontage using several references, then a digital painting and I finally applied my "digital circlist" technique (I placed each circle one by one, there is no automatic process). Every circle has a different color, a different tone and a different size. It's a time consuming method. I wanted this image to reflect Eminem's personality. He may be a controversial and provocative singer, I think he's an extremely clever and interesting person, he always comes up with some completely amazing stuff, with new, powerful and unexpected lyrics and melodies. He is a poet of modern times.

For more information about my works:

Making & detail:

Making of - Eminem by BenHeine Detail - Eminem by BenHeine

More Circlism:

Lady Gaga by BenHeine - Marilyn Monroe - by BenHeine

Mad Hatter - Johnny Depp by BenHeine Remembering what I am by BenHeine

More facts about Eminem:

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born in 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Eminem quickly gained popularity in 1999 with his major-label debut album, The Slim Shady LP, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The following album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest-selling solo album in United States history. It brought Eminem increased popularity, including his own record label, Shady Records, and brought his group project, D12, to mainstream recognition.

In 2005, Eminem was ranked 79th on the VH1 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time. He was ranked 82nd on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was also named the Best Rapper Alive by Vibe magazine in 2008. Including his work with D12, Eminem has achieved nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard Top 200, 7 solo and 2 with D12. Eminem has scored over 1 billion views on his official Vevo page on Youtube. Eminem is the most popular person ever on Facebook with over 30 million likes. Read more.
Image details
Image size
712x900px 819.91 KB
© 2011 - 2021 BenHeine
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
Minifest696's avatar

Snap Back to Reality!

Metaphormoose's avatar

This is a striking image. I've not see this technique before and find it very effective. Just lovely.

AJ-Morrow's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I definitely see the originallity in this piece. I tried something similar to once, I ripped up colors of construction paper and put them together to create a stain glass window effect.

I never enjoyed creating art work like this because of how time consuming it was. But I loved to see how it could be use to create well developed art pieces.

The image looks lifelike and well detailed. I can tell who it is without looking at the captions.

What I enjoy most about the image is the gun. The detail on the weapon is very precise. I could only imagine how long it would take to develop something like this.
Yusef-Muhammed's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

This is another example of the amazing work created by Ben Heine. The definition of a modern artist, Ben has once again blended both popular culture with techniques usually unseen in most artwork. This deviantion in particular is reminescent of mosiacs created for cathedrals in Europe yet stays fresh and new using rap's bad boy Eminem as the subject and/or theme. What stands out to this artist is how Heine is able to retain the detail of Eminem while being restrained by the circular shape. Another strong point is the way the color is vibrant despite the fact that is features a large amount of gray. Truly an artist to watch Ben Heine sets a new standard in a world where original ideas are a rare find establishing his self as an artist artist.
Mr-Steel's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Allow me to describe how amazing this art piece truly is, and how much recognition it deserves.


The vision of this art piece is spectacular. The amount of details you put into this piece is so mind boggling, that it is nearly impossible for someone not to credit you highly for such spectacular details.


Even though this piece is based on a rapper, I have not seen a poster of him in this stance. The type of stance, and original techniques you put into this piece, is good enough to belong on a cover for one of his songs, collections, or on a poster.


I rarely see these type of picture that have this sort of technique, and it appeases me and others when there is an artist so good, and willing to slave for such detail and originality by simply using small and complex patterns to make a picture. The amount of details you put in the eyes, cross and gun, is just flat out incredible.


Words cannot describe, or analyze such impact.

Once again, your art piece is eye wateringly awesome.
CerebralAperture's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Before I decided to write a critique on this image I first looked at the other images you had completed in a manner similar to this one. Once I returned back to it, it was easier for me to see how far your work has come and also how much further it can go.

That being said, I should also state that I am a photographer and painter. My experience and in turn my critique can only look to the areas which I am familiar so I apologize in advance if any of what I feel could be improved upon are things that are more than difficult because of the limitations of your medium.

When it comes to the piece as a whole I enjoy it thoroughly. My immediate response to the image is not one that focuses on the flaws which in and of itself is a good one. However, it doesn't take long for the image to bother me in several areas and in turn start to chew away at my initial enjoyment of it.

His face, which is the most detailed portion comes off appearing "puffy" or swollen. While you did change the size and shade of the circles you used to create the transition the variance does not seem to be enough. By going from such large to small circles you created more of a line than a gradient and while that was a good thing on the sides of his eyes to enhance his squint doing it under his eye takes from his face too much. Also it allows for the lines going around his cheeks to infer structure too much hence the squirrel or "puffy" look.

His revolver and hand are quite large. While I can understand why via perspective, those items being as large as they are and as "in focus" take away from the impact of the person's face. Also the highlights on the hand seem off as well. Light appears to diminish the further it is from the source. As light travels down the hand in your image the highlights appear to be the same which is highly unlikely given the amount of light on the face and the amount of detail on the hand.

The same highlight/ shadow rules apply to the cuff of his jacket and the insignia on his left breast and most other areas where they appear muddled.

Honestly the most well done part of the image for me is the cross necklace. It doesn't take away from your subject, the perspective is in line with your subject, it has it's own depth but does not appear to be out of ratio with the shirt. I really like it.

I hope that this does not upset or discourage you in anyway if you choose to continue this series of works. I truly do enjoy them and hope you will continue to make more.
Vinsachi's avatar
That is something I've never seen before, this technique is so surreal, beyond reality! Slim is amazing! Respect!
NoahLC's avatar
“Lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed.”
AdeHughesArt's avatar
Fantastic work, truly :)
TheMadInsomniac's avatar
C424G's avatar
That was the same I thought when I saw this
ARTificialphanTOM's avatar
I've seen photo editors that apply circles but they are too random, this has much more organization. Great work.
DjShortyWolf's avatar
I PRAISE YOU! THIS RAPPER IS MY FAVORITE PERSON FROM THIS ENTIRE UNIVERSE! I PRAISE YOU!! ((It's my way of saying, "This is phenomenal. It's amazing, stupendous, AND SO MUCH MORE!))
oilpixel's avatar
Awesome art work.
morningstarskid's avatar
Awesome work!!😎
CMSparks's avatar
Holy fudge buckets, this is phenomenal. 
DiegoE05's avatar
i like this, really creative. 
SnoepGames's avatar
I don't want to rain on your parade or something, I think this is amazing. But I think I could write a program to do most of this automatically (if not all, based on edge detection and circle-stacking algorithms and a neural network, that can learn from your previous works).
If you'd like to collaborate on the next one, drop me a line, it would be a nice challenge, because your work is excellent. I fully understand if you don't, but I think AI should be embraced, not feared. You still decide what the picture will be, just not exactly how it's made.
TheRealExplicit's avatar
this is so dope fam. im bout to add u on scloud. look out for ... if u like Em, u will probably enjoy my music as well. Great work here man, respect!


No Preview
nilescclover's avatar
wow! that's amazing works. very cool, very different. I like it.
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In