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I took this photo in Braives, Belgium. I also drew the rough funny sketch. These are my donkeys (mother on the left and young son on the right). They are totally mad! Yes I know, that one isn't really poetic, lol! In every couple, there is always a crazy donkey...

>>> Review from THE DAILY MAIL for this picture: "What an ass: These two donkeys are given a Heine makeover, complete with crazy sunglasses and thought bubbles" (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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If you're interested, here below are answers I gave to Simon Crisp (for Newslite.tv) explaining how I started the "Pencil Vs Camera" series. You can find many other interviews about Pencil Vs Camera at THIS LINK.

How did you come up with the idea for Pencil Vs Camera?

I’ve been taking photos and drawing since almost 10 years. This « Pencil Vs Camera » series is nothing but the result of several years of graphic exploration and a logic consequence of my artistic evolution. But the real idea came by coincidence while I was watching television and writing a letter at the same time a few weeks ago. Reading my letter before putting it in the envelope, I saw the television screen behind the thin transparent paper. I then realize it would be great to make something similar in a single image showing 2 different actions.

I went outside and Drew « Pencil Vs Camera 1 » which is very simple and shows 2 chairs with a small table. About ¼ of the scene is represented on the paper, the other ¾ happens on the photo. So this is roughly how the project started. In my other « Pencil Vs Camera » images, I tried to introduce weird elements on the paper (such as dinosaurs, ufo’s, double pair of eyes…) to contrast with the realism of the photo.

How do you pick the photos you use?

The photos and drawings always come from my own stock/production. I somehow consider the surface of the image as a battle between drawing and photography and the tools of this fight are my « pencil » and my « camera ». So I usually choose photos with a striking subject and a specific action. It can also be nice to use a background scenery with a very simple or low semantic effect and make everything happen inside the small piece of paper.

The great thing is that photo and drawing are 2 different ways of expression but they go well together and they definitely have the same purpose: share an idea, an emotion, a concept or a message.

How do you pick what to add?

There are no rules. There mustn’t be. Imagination and creativity are the leitmotif. This is why this series is so amusing to do for me. You can choose to draw something in a realistic way or to rather go crazy. I personally prefer to show unreal things on the paper because the photo is a mere reflection of the world we live in.

I noticed that representing a strong perspective on the paper (for instance in Pencil Vs Camera 4 or 8) gives a good illusion and generates a nice visual impact when it matches the main lines of the background scenery. It is very exciting for the viewer to ignore what’s really behind the paper. It is clear for me that it really is the battle between drawing and photography that is the whole message and purpose of the series.

What are your favourites so far?

I don’t really have favourites. I let the viewer decide what he prefers and I’m only thinking about my next projects.

What reaction have you had to them?

This series has had a very positive outcome. I really didn’t expect that. I’m very happy of the good feedbacks I’ve received from all over the world. I think and I hope this technique will become a new form of expression for everybody. So good luck!

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Both of Us

A poem by Peter S. Quinn

This is you and this is me
Friends for life together
In a lifestyle as you see
That’s neither punk nor leather

To be known we two are trying
And to make a difference too
But we both would be lying
If it had come clearly through

We frequently ponder why
We need showbiz stand neon
Then remembered a girl said hi
And her name was Paris Hilton

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  1. Phil Urwin 38 months ago | reply

    Genius!!!!!!

  2. Tuan Kid [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    amazing work!

  3. Paulssons 37 months ago | reply

    This photo showed up in a promotional video that Nikon released promoting their D8000 - it is out on YouTube. If they didnt get permission you might want to consider suing for copyright infringement. Other photographers have had their material used in the video without permissio. Here is the link. www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0WO4qdoo3U

  4. ajitartist 37 months ago | reply

    Yup what paul said another link to story anyway i don think i commented on this pic so ... awesome work! funny i remembered this picture instantly

  5. Mike_t_by_the_sea 35 months ago | reply

    w000000000000000w! This is an amazing series! You have an incredibly huge imagination and tremendous tallent! Thank you for your very inspiring creations!

  6. JONE VASAITIS 35 months ago | reply

    hahaha what a fun! Perfect idea, I love it so much!

  7. carlocorv1 34 months ago | reply

    Semplicemente meravigliose
    ciao Carlo

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  15. tania_arthi 28 months ago | reply

    omg! u r really good and innovative

  16. robyjo 26 months ago | reply

    nice shot compliments many wishes for 2013

  17. Jordan Brazie 13 months ago | reply

    Is this all one picture? Or do you take the picture and then take another of you holding the paper?

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