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Pencil Vs Camera - 71 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 71 by BenHeine
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Creative explosion, ideas, brainstorming, flexibility, technologies, energy
and hard work

A great façade for an even greater working space! You can view several
details at this link if you wish.

I made this image for VIP Offices, a fantastic and innovative agency for
freelance people, based in Brussels. I took the photo and also made the
sketch as usual. OK, I know there are many elements on the piece
of paper (more than usual), it's because this artwork is meant
to be printed in a huge size.


I will be exhibiting many new prints at VIP Offices starting from the
26th of September, if you're around, I'd be happy to see you there.

See the whole "Pencil Vs Camera" album
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For more information about my artwork: info@benheine.com
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:iconbenheine:’s Pencil Vs Camera series is an impressive (and widely acclaimed) collection of mixed media pieces, combining pencil drawing, photography and photo manipulation to make multiple realities collide in a single image.

Photography is a medium that deals with physical reality. Because it involves a lens mechanism to record the luminous trace of a physical object, it literally cannot create anything - the entity needs to have represented existed at some point (even though long-exposure allows to present this entity in seemingly unrealistic manners).

Drawings, unlike photography, deal with abstract realities. They’re not bound by existence, plausibility or chromatic aberrations; their only limit is their artist’s mind and their ability to convey the images they imagine to the medium they’re drawing on (be it a piece of paper, a wooden plank or a computer). By essence, many drawings deal with the creation of something new, whereas photography focuses on (re)presentation of something that already exists.

Photo manipulation, at its simplest, is the modification of pieces created by photography. It is widely used nowadays to hide, alter or add things to the original photograph (for instance, fashion photographs frequently remove skin imperfections through photo manipulation), but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
By combining many photographs, it becomes possible to free oneself from the bonds of photography and to create something new. Because of that, photo manipulation is actually closer to imagination (drawing) than it is to physical reality (photography).

I feel Pencil Vs Camera is a perfect concretization of this ontological fact. The way Ben Heine uses pencil drawings to introduce extraordinary elements to the otherwise believable physical reality he initially photographed, and occasionally further cheats through photo manipulation, specifically interests me because it’s trans-medium. The resulting pieces are neither drawings, photographs or photo manipulations - they’re above this categorization.

In Pencil Vs Camera 71, we see the façade of a building get blown open by a man in a suit’s punch, opening the way for countless objets in what looks like a creative explosion. The contrast between the building’s relatively conservative structure and the runaway creations makes me think of what I feel art should thrive to become - a disturbance to the spectators’ otherwise ordinary lives.
In the main character, the one punching the wall out, I see a successful artist bound by none of the usual rules of society - be it money, masks (lies) or work. I also see a creative genius, infecting the world with new concepts, new perspectives, new ideas.

Considering the fact that this image is dedicated to a creative environment for freelancers (who typically refuse the usual constraints of society), I can’t help but feel this is an open invitation to individual empowerment. And I’m all for that.
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Critique by TabbyTigerCat Sep 13, 2012, 1:55:29 PM
This piece is, just like all of the other ones you do, amazing! I love the dimension and 3D effect you get when you draw. This one is really cool because there's so much going on but at the same time it's not too much. I really like the idea you had for this one, and the photograph is pretty as well. The only piece of critique I have to offer is that railing of the top right balcony (with the man hanging off of it) is out of alignment. I didn't see it at first, but it drew my eyes away from the rest of the picture once I did see it. I don't think it's that big of a deal, though.
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:iconalkemie21:
alkemie21 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:+fav:
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:iconcookymonste:
cookymonste Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Photographer
that is creative
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Tahog Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello this is =Eitvys200 with great news. Your work was featured in #5-Stars-Artists journal project 5-Stars-Artists feature Here. Please fave it if you enjoyed.

Stay perfect,
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AsiMakri Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow,awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconsvitavotara:
Svitavotara Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
INCREDIBLE!!!
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:iconvancelongstride:
vancelongstride Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ben you are the best, i love your photo it's amazing
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:iconeevl:
Eevl Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Excellent work
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:iconconstantie:
constantie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You got very hairy hands :)
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
lol, it becomes more hairy every year
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:iconconstantie:
constantie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Maybe you are turning in to a monkey? ^^ (Nah, just kidding!)

I love your Pencil Vs. Camera pieces, really makes me consider doing something similar, though I can't draw free hand like you do ;)
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submicron Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Great work as usual.
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:iconstarsongs:
StarSongs Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic :)
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:iconrovas117:
Rovas117 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hey Benheine, maybe instead of putting the pencil drawing, why not make the pencil drawing the frame, and the picture is in the middle?
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I have experimented this a few times :)
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:iconrovas117:
Rovas117 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh. I must not have seen them yet.
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:iconcrashmypartyhard:
crashmypartyhard Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
love these!
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
thx
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:iconcrashmypartyhard:
crashmypartyhard Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:)
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000Colibri000 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Neat! Really cool concept in this. :)
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neogs99 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
VIP = very important pencil.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
HAHAHA
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:iconusethebrakes:
UseTheBrakes Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
V for Vendetta? I'd appreciate watching that in a place other than the back of an English room with a 10 inch screen, but yeah.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
ok :)
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nikolass83gianni Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:toocool: ... :star::star::star::star::star: AWESOME :star::star::star::star::star: ... :iconfav3dplz: ... :iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
always a pleasure
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
thx, means a lot
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JERRYARTZDESIGN Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very good :)
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:iconvertous:
Vertous Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Artist
Soo....leme guess how you do all this. you put a piece of paper up to a type of scenery. then you draw whatever comes to mind using a type of art program.......am i close or not?
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
all drawings are hand made
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:iconvertous:
Vertous Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Artist
0_0

*shock*

X.X
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:iconsweetgphoto:
sweetgphoto Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
I LOVE THIS~~~ Not too often I See my own visionS of this same style I am leaning towards. Your AMAZING!
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
lol
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:iconnishiewa:
nishiewa Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
once again, u continue to amaze me with ur ideas and execution of those ideas... i'm jealous!
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
I remember when I used to find school that cool.

I miss those days.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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lalaith913 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012   Writer
I enjoy the Guy Fawkes mask making an appearance.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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Silverfur15 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Nice Job There:)
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
thx!!!
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Silverfur15 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome^^
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1/100 second
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28 mm
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100
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Aug 26, 2012, 4:50:46 PM
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