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Pencil Vs Camera is an original visual concept invented and initiated by Ben Heine in April 2010. It is the artist’s special trademark and one of the most creative art concepts of the 21st century. Pencil Vs Camera blends drawing and photography in a unique way. The idea was the result of a long artistic exploration and a logic outcome of the creator’s evolution: “I wasn’t satisfied with only drawing or only photography, so I had to find a way to merge the two and this is how Pencil Vs Camera was born.”
Ben’s hand is always visible because it represents the connection between the viewer, the artist and the artwork. In these images, everything seems possible and Ben likes to tell a story and convey a timeless message using imagination, illusion, poetry and surrealism. Starting with simple sketches, Ben brought major innovations to the concept in 2012 and 2013, adding colors and black paper or increasing the drawings’ size. Since 2012, several applications emulate Heine’s Pencil Vs Camera’s style. Many creators have borrowed from Heine’s brilliance and started to fashion for themselves, something of a replica. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery.
You can view more of Ben Heine's art on his Flickr stream and his website. You can also check out Ben's music on SoundCloud. You can also follow his amazing art on Ben Heine here and like his Facebook page.
This Sketch of Robin Williams is so stunning. We all miss Robin and he will remain in our heart forever.
Ben found this dog and he was so cute that he just couldn't stop himself and made this cat snuggling with the dog.
Ben uses Charcoal stick and Graphite pencils to make such amazing art.
Made for "Art Official Concept", an art gallery based in Cape Verde (the small location spotted on the above world map)
This is the real image, now check the sketch. Sketch is just outstanding.
Jessica was sitting on this bench and looking a bit lonely. Now she is in better company with this mysterious man. I took this photo in Anderlecht, Belgium, not so long ago... I also made the drawing as usual. This is part of "Pencil Vs Camera Beta Version" (colored drawings on black paper). Drawing on black is a bit more difficult as it is the opposite process of the way I've been drawing since many years. Caption by Ben