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Pencil Vs Camera - 59

By BenHeine
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Which one do you think is the predator?

Ok, to be honest, this is somehow a metaphor and a parody of "capitalism".

I have been willing to do something like this since some time…

Everything is connected in this image (the smallest fish at the top is asking for help, see detail).

I took the photo near Sousse in Tunisia not too long ago, I also made the drawing.

I'm not a biologist or a fish expert, I just drew these animals intuitively. :)

If you wish, you can view some details and the work in progress here.

View the the full Pencil Vs Camera album

>>> Review from THE SUN for this picture: "Eye-catching ... fisherman snares shark" (The Sun, Dec. 2011)

>>> Review from THE DAILY MAIL for this picture: "Reeling in a whopper: A fisherman appears to catch
an unusual trawl in this perspective-bending picture taken in Tunisia as part of the Pencil Vs Camera series
by Belgian visual artist Ben Heine"
(Matt Blake, The Daily Mail, July 2012).

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Image details
Image size
1000x675px 723.92 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/1328 second
Focal Length
70 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Nov 20, 2011, 12:53:34 PM
Sensor Size
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throne-king-master's avatar
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There is not much I can Critique on for your outstanding art. As an on-and-off doodler, I am easily impressed with your real-life drawings. The fish are simple and cartoon-like, yet I feel like they could really jump in front of the man at any moment. With perspective from the man doing the fishing and the fish themselves, I felt that the drawing mad the man seem like he was on a higher cliff than actually being close to the rocky shore. All-in-all, I have never seen anyone else create art like this before in my life. Your ideas are completely original. I can, at least, tell that much from a glance. One look at your artistry, and I could tell that I wouldn't see anything like this from anyone else. (If, however, someone is doing something like this, then I have not had the pleasure of being acquainted with said individual.) I would like for you to keep up the good work and don't let any other person's negativity slow you down.
BenHeine's avatar
thank you so much!
plugaruseby's avatar
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It looks like nobody seen the most oblivious thing that the artist wanted to tell us... PEOPLE can't you see??? This is about capitalism, like Ben said in the description, but it looks like no one read that. <_<.
Go read the description RIGHT NOW!!
I want to congratulate Ben for such an BRILIANT idea, people just rush and criticize how a line is out of place, but they can't see the forest because of the trees <_<
A perfect drawing who sumarize the world we live in, this picture worth 1000 words, from the impact to the vision Ben knew how to tell the idea VERY clear. B-R-A-V-O !

[sry for any mistakes]
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Very good. I am impressed at how well you lined up the picture with the line of the fishing pole. The only problems I'm seeing is that the fish seem too close to be just now coming out of the water as well as the rod isn't bending and it seems to me like it would bend with that many fish/that much weight. I may at this point be being too picky, though, so take them as simply thoughts. Everything is very good, including the water (despite it maybe being very cartoon-ish. As I was writing this, I just notice that the boat in the background actually has a real wake. Wow! Still very impressed.
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I really love the way that you have made the drawn picture seem like its popping out (3D). Also i like the way that you have used different tones of pencil to make it seem life like, but still keep the cartoon side to it.

I think that you could improve it slightly by adding in the horizon so that it more visible. But im only saying that because im being very picky, but other than that this is a stunning piece of work and i cant wait to see more.


I think that this pencil vs camera technique is very clever and is very origional.
Nefertaery2007's avatar
is amazing
The effect you get pencil vs camera is really indescribable
hetorakelt's avatar
escher meets ben heine...
txhern's avatar
I have always loved this concept. And I love your sense of humor.
Gostei esse é um truque simples mas genial.
corysuess's avatar
This is original, fun, and awesome.  Love your style.
Schwpz's avatar
I'm loving your entire series, but this one is simply amazing! Well done! :D
pitchblackprincess's avatar
Amazing works. Your concepts r uniqe and proves ur talent
lostferret's avatar
hey, I'm only new to devian art but I love your work
It's so high quality and cool
namtar57's avatar
This is an amazing idea! It's not just this one, all of your works are really smart and unique. I really love this perspective and the shading on the fish and shark. Amazing work! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more.
Demialc-neeb-sah-em's avatar
Okay cool... But who's eating the big fish?

Metaphorically. But also literally.
NCgirl1212's avatar
This is awesome!!
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