Pencil Vs Camera!
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Update: See THIS VIDEO showing 18 Pencil Vs Camera images in progress!

"Pencil Vs Camera" mixes drawing and photography, imagination and reality. It’s a new visual concept invented, initiated and popularized by Ben Heine in 2010. It's full of magic, illusion, poetry and surrealism. Ben published his first "Pencil Vs Camera" image in April 2010 but the series is the result of a long graphic exploration and a logic consequence of his personal artistic development.

Ben usually integrates an inventive hand made drawing in front of a realistic background. There are several methods to achieve the same effect (see "Interviews" for more info). Ben’s hand is always clearly visible; it represents the close connection between the viewer, the artist and the artwork. The drawing is either in black and white on white paper or in color on black paper, while the photo is often very colorful, this amplifies the contrast between the two mediums.

In this series, Ben likes to focus on people’s life, portraits, nature, animals, architecture... Among others, the main themes approached in "Pencil Vs Camera" are: Love, Freedom, After Life, Friendship and Nature. Ben says: "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 and philosophical meaning into my pictures, each new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody".

Because of their originality and the visual innovations Ben brought in his artworks, this series has had a huge impact on the graphic design community and has generated several buzz on the Internet (see "Publications" for more info). Ben says the initial idea of this "Pencil Vs Camera" concept came by coincidence while he was writing a letter in his family house in Braives, Belgium.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All the graphic elements shown in this set (and in Ben's Flickr stream more generally) come from his own stock/production. He drew the sketches, took the photos, edited them... "Pencil Vs Camera" is a copyrighted concept and invention. It's forbidden to use it for commercial purposes without authorization from the inventor.

To find more info on this series, to understand how it is made, to know Ben's sources of inspiration, his conception of art, etc, please have a look to these interviews given by Ben Heine for several art websites, newspapers, TV channels...

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