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Pencil Vs Camera - 71

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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

For more information about my artwork:

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Pencil Vs Camera - 70 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 35 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 63 by BenHeine
Image details
Image size
900x971px 1.01 MB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/100 second
Focal Length
28 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 26, 2012, 4:50:46 PM
Sensor Size
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TabbyTigerCat'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-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

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.
kalistina's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

<img class="avatar" src="…" alt=":iconbenheine:" title="BenHeine" />’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.
BenHeine's avatar
Thanks a lot for the great review!

Quote: "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."

This is it
cookymonste's avatar
that is creative
Tahog's avatar
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,
AsiMakri's avatar
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vancelongstride's avatar
Ben you are the best, i love your photo it's amazing
Eevl's avatar
Excellent work
constantie's avatar
You got very hairy hands :)
BenHeine's avatar
lol, it becomes more hairy every year
constantie's avatar
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 ;)
submicron's avatar
Great work as usual.
Rovas117's avatar
Hey Benheine, maybe instead of putting the pencil drawing, why not make the pencil drawing the frame, and the picture is in the middle?
BenHeine's avatar
Thanks, I have experimented this a few times :)
Rovas117's avatar
Oh. I must not have seen them yet.
000Colibri000's avatar
Neat! Really cool concept in this. :)
neogs99's avatar
VIP = very important pencil.
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