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Pencil Vs Camera - 35

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I've made here a slightly more detailed sketch for this surreal composition on paper. The guy on the right is shown upside down, the head inside the pavement... The smaller tramway called "Gravity" in the upper right corner is overturned (see a detail/close-up here, showing the small tramway the right way). 12 balls seem to be in weightless conditions. The infinity symbol appears in the distant vanishing point. I took the photo near the Palace of Justice in the centre of Brussels, Belgium. The second title of this image is "This is Not Gravity".

See the whole "Pencil Vs Camera" album

(The above photo has been shot with the Samsung NX10)

>>> Review from THE DAILY MAIL for this picture: "Balancing act: Not even tram lines escape the artist's mischievous eye" (Kerry McQueeney, The Daily Mail, Sept. 2011)

Update: See THIS VIDEO showing some 18 Pencil Vs Camera images in progress (with a small animation and an original musical composition).

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A poem by Peter S. Quinn

I go my road of fate
Stronghold of my day
Its cry of timeless debate
On to the side way
To enter on to the dark
Once flowers were in shine
A glow like eyes spark
A shimmer of soul‘s define

Now here is drop of night
In carnations of mystery
Dark wings in deep flight
Ever so wandering free
Taking eyes to somewhere
Where silences are black
A song of nocturnal somber
Never to return back

O tongue of deepest tongue
Inside this closing abyss
Each night where we long
And enter the garnet bliss
Fountains of evening veins
I cross you mask of bleed
To twilight’s coming reins
In all your shadows mislead


Puffed up Dandy

A poem by Katie Gabrielle

Never stick your finger
In the electric socket
Or forget the change
inside your pocket
Never put your head
On the trolley tracks
These are the facts
It's dangerous to assume
You will survive the zoom
Of the trolley car
To crush you
Are you super man
I'm sure you can
An alibi is handy
When you are a puffed up dandy
With your head in the tracks
And your mind in the cloud
For crying out loud
Get out of the road
You silly toad
Because the train is coming
Are you in your right mind
Is this your trolley
Pull your head out of the tracks
It's right on time
Your trip to Pencil land
Is one of a kind...
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Gugnugl's avatar

That's cool!

hockeymask13'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-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

This work is simply fantastic! It's like looking into a window and seeing a whole other world!

What I like most about this, and what caught my eye, was how easily it overlaps and meshes with the background, despite it obviously being on paper. With a causual glance, you'd swear it was supposed to be there.

The other thing I like is how the photo is a scene of normalcy, but the paper is surreal chaos. The detail in the sketch is beautiful. I keep looking at it trying to find anything I might've missed!

Finally, this, and the others like it in your album, are some of the more original works I've seen here!

This is a great work and I sincerely hope you keep making more art!
whatsoeverprojects's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Your work always amazes me, no matter how I look at your work, and no matter in what mood I am, this makes me smile everytime and makes me wonder how you just do it.

Everytime you come with new ideas, but if I reckon well you have a thingy for the trams.

What can I say more, just that the pencil wins the camera !
But now I'm wondering have you tryed something on a bigger scale ? - if not, why don't you give it a try and see how it goes. it Would be interesting to see some bigger projects, bigger works, and more speechless people.
BenHeine's avatar
thanks for this critique and for the suggestion to make big size drawings, good idea!
whatsoeverprojects's avatar
Looking forward for in seeing some prototype projects ^^
elzataerinn's avatar
I'm not sure if I should be worried about the guy with the head in the pavement or the paper holder who's about to have a tram on his face. :D

Either way, very interesting idea.
Vv---vV's avatar
very impressive :nod:
segura2112's avatar
Very cool! Thank You
DomLyner's avatar
Dude you are AWESOME!!!
neegi's avatar
Great idea for works! It resembles me those pictures from the past which are placed in the same place they were made so it creates something very positive. I would call it a capture of a moment. And also in that case. Instead of mixing future and past you are connecting reality and imaginary world. I like it very much.
taoMega20's avatar
my vote goes to pencil on this one
blizzardstar33's avatar
My art teacher used this in a powerpoint to show us examples of collages!
MusicIsMyLife7's avatar
Did you... drew the... train and all the other stuff? GOD! YOU'RE SOOOO TALENTED I'M JEALOUS!!! I want your talent XD
zara244's avatar
amazing!!! OMG!!!
AlecBell's avatar
As droll as it is artful and clever!
CosmoWillome's avatar
The pencil has a better sense of humor
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Caricacaea's avatar
Amazing picture. :)
pink-gizzy's avatar
Where did you take the photo?
Pan-Zareta's avatar
just imagine what Picasso could have done with your camera
aNnEmL42's avatar
Laws of Physics. Who needs them?
InuyashaXKagome7's avatar
If you stare at it long enough... it looks like the trains are coming at you O.O
I like this one as well as the whole series. It's reality with a bit of imagination.
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