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Pencil Vs Camera - 21

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Update: I've made this small animation based on the above image

Just a joke. Bless our Lord! I took this photo from a plane and
also made the rough sketch. I had tons of ideas for the sentence
on the paper, it was really difficult to make a choice... =D

I still wonder... who are we? What's the real purpose of our
existence? Love and happiness are the 2 main words that
come to my mind. But after? Any answers?

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A poem by Peter S. Quinn

There´s a strange man called Cloud
He lives above the crowd,
We thought him God
For he was odd,
But he's just and old man and proud!
Image details
Image size
1000x932px 558.48 KB
Shutter Speed
10/5000 second
Focal Length
70 mm
Date Taken
May 8, 2010, 4:48:24 PM
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11Doctors's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I guess there are many answers to your question, but I live by two.
1.) Life only exists to pass on knowledge that we've gathered of all existence of anything we know of, and possibly further onward. Life simply does this by surviving using skills and techniques that we have learned as the first homo-sepians ( I hope I spelled that right <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/> ) have discovered. We keep exploring and learning to guide life through the unknown, which is why many believe ( that would be me) time travel may be impossible, because if it we're, we'd have no purpose. We'd venture forever into the future to learn things about our human nature that we may have never learned before, and then rendering us useless. (sorry for the long response)
2.) Our religions have led us to be here for one main purpose (possibly the same of passing on universal knowledge to all life), and even people who don't agree with religions, maybe they think we are here for the very same reasons (in a sense [by passing on what we have accumulated over our lives: knowledge]).

Anyway, back to the picture. It is very humorous <img src="…" width="21" height="15" alt=":dummy:" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="574" title="I am a dummy!"/> and I love the clarity of the clouds with the sketch, it makes it look like it fits together perfectly!
11Doctors's avatar
For my second reason of his question, I mean we all, whether we believe in one thing or another, are all placed here for one basic reason (in a sense), and that leads to the first reason. Sorry I wrote so much about that ^^;
lalagabrysia's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Who do you think YOU are, Ben Heine? Playing God, replacing reality with your own drawings? This just about sums up this entire "Pencil Vs. Camera" body of work. The artist dares to challenge what exists by showing what would, should, or could be through imagination.

The composition is simple and I like it that way. It works because it's immediately legible.

The cloud in the photo is perfect. I've always thought that cumulus clouds look regal and standable. The birds are a cute little detail, too. They add a little dimension to the drawing.

Overall, superb work. This is one of my favorites. I can't wait to see more.
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Randamu-Chan's avatar
God's not a hippy 
11Doctors's avatar
Decided to write my comment as a critique :iconwoohooplz:
AnimeGurl1967's avatar
Who do you think you are! Me: well im a girl on the computer..
Markus43's avatar
Love it and the animation!
ProfessionalPuppy's avatar
"Who do you think you are?"
I am mr. Hand!! :D
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simonpark81's avatar
love, happiness and to attain nirvana, which is true love and peace - which infers happiness also!
life is for loving my friend:)
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xocharlotte's avatar
Our main mission should be try to be everyday more like the sons that God wants. Can you imagine how different would be the world if we could only understant this. Regards, :)
GuardianOfHeavens's avatar
Love it!! Its a light joke but in a way i can understand...most of our times we say "who does God think he is to make us this and that"...and sometimes we forget to think and ask if it was the other way around how does God react??

I think you just grasped it so well, i laughed a little by simplicity of the Joke and dont worry, God above sometimes i like to think even he has a sense of humor :aww:

Like always love your work :aww:
MichyA7X's avatar
these are all amazing! great work!
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ucurmi's avatar
hahah^^ I love this one! :)
Montieze's avatar
LOL I love it =D
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juicethehedgehog's avatar
LOL hilariously clever :D
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