Ben Heine: Pencil vs Camera

WEDNESDAY: Art (..creativity to the maximum)

Ben Heine

Ben Heine, born in the Ivory Coast, is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist. While he started off as a political cartoonist, he has now become widely known for his 2011 project “Pencil vs Camera”.

“Pencil vs Camera”

The project “Pencil vs Camera” consists of drawing part of what is present in the picture and match it perfectly with the reality. If you have ever tried taking a picture of your hand holding something, you will know it’s really really hard! Not to mention Heine’s ability to perfectly match the drawing with the background image! The idea of mixing drawing with photography came to him in 2010. Heine says it was the result of a long graphic exploration and a logic consequence of his artistic evolution.

“Pencil vs Camera” mixes drawing and photography, imagination and reality, through illusion and surrealism.

“I just make art for people. I want them to dream and forget their daily troubles. I used to write poems many years ago, I want to convey a poetic meaning into my pictures, each new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody” – Heine

All photos are © Ben Heine

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11 thoughts on “Ben Heine: Pencil vs Camera

  1. The scene photos and hand photos are taken separately. See the car casts a shadow to the left, the finger one to the right? They are digitally merged, with either “pencil effect” added to selected areas, or a digital drawing layer. Maybe some HDR mixed in?

    Cool anyway.

    • Fantastic observation! I haven’t actually read anywhere whether it was an actual picture or digitally merged, and just assumed it was a picture! But you’re definitely right! I’ll look more into it and see if I can find an answer 😀

  2. This is genius! Blending reality (through photographs) and imagination (through his drawing ) is thought provoking and entertaining in comparable measure!

    Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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