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Journal Entry: Sun Dec 8, 2013, 3:43 AM
Hello everyone, I'm very happy to announce that prints and posters of my best photos and designs (selection below) are now available for the first time on DA at affordable prices and in many different sizes. I hope you can buy some of my works as gifts for your friends or family or simply to decorate your room/house. You will love them.

Pencil Vs Camera - 58 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 73 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 57 by BenHeine

- Marilyn Monroe - by BenHeine Bob Marley Lives by BenHeine Lady Gaga by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 32 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 30 by BenHeine 4 - Pencil vs Camera for AOC by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 12 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 4 by BenHeine 2 - Pencil Vs Camera for AOC by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 63 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 68 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 64 by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 36 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 59 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 65 by BenHeine

Eminem by BenHeine Steve Jobs by BenHeine Jesus by BenHeine 

Octet by BenHeine When Water Meets Color by BenHeine Black Cat by BenHeine

Less is More by BenHeine London - Double Landscape by BenHeine Brussels by Night by BenHeine

Flesh and Acrylic - C.Madison1 by BenHeine Flesh and Acrylic - C.Madison3 by BenHeine Flesh and Acrylic - Julia by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 10 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 22 by BenHeine 10 - Pencil Vs Camera for AOC by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 61 by BenHeine 1 - Pencil Vs Camera for AOC by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 52 by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 41 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 60 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 21 by BenHeine

Time Traveler by BenHeine Just Dreaming by BenHeine ZigZag by BenHeine

Paris from the Eiffel Tower by BenHeine Two Seasons by BenHeine Missing You by BenHeine 

Don't Forget Me by BenHeine In A Rainbow City by BenHeine Waiting for Someone by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 16 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 37 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 6 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 51 by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 66 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 62 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 7 by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 53 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 29 by BenHeine 3 - Pencil vs Camera for AOC by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 40 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 35 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 34 by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 55 by BenHeine 7 - Pencil Vs Camera for AOC by BenHeine I See Light by BenHeine

Julian Assange by BenHeine Leopard by BenHeine Freddie Mercury by BenHeine

Stairs to Nowhere by BenHeine Hey There by BenHeine Santorini - Double Landscape by BenHeine Hypnosis by BenHeine

The Future is Bright by BenHeine Listen to Wisdom by BenHeine There is a God Somewhere by BenHeine

Be Unique by BenHeine Believe in Your Destiny by BenHeine The Shepherd's Call by BenHeine

You Drive me Crazy by BenHeine Lights Will Guide You by BenHeine My Boat Wants To Sail by BenHeine

Keep Walking by BenHeine Never Leave Me Alone by BenHeine Blue Dimension by BenHeine 

The Beast and The Beauty by BenHeine We Live and Die Together by BenHeine Alchemy by BenHeine

Foggy Day in Brussels by BenHeine The Eiffel Tower by BenHeine Where The Soul Can Rest by BenHeine

Sea of Freedom by BenHeine The Road Never Ends by BenHeine Planet Earth by BenHeine

MIKA - 2 by BenHeine Fight for Your Rights by BenHeine Half Human - Half Animal by BenHeine Chess Art - 1 by BenHeine

Carrying Your Heart With Me by BenHeine African Continent by BenHeine Obama Vs. The Fear by BenHeine The Dancer by BenHeine

Mother Africa by BenHeine Marilyn Manson  - 2 - by BenHeine Che Guevara's Message by BenHeine Global Crisis by BenHeine

Michael Jackson, Text Portrait by BenHeine Michael Jackson, Eternal Child by BenHeine Michael Jackson - INVINCIBLE by BenHeine Michael Jackson-Heal the world by BenHeine

MIKA by BenHeine Yves Saint Laurent by BenHeine Andy Warhol by BenHeine Mahatma Gandhi - 1 - by BenHeine

Everything Carries Me To You by BenHeine Obama - Luther King by BenHeine Marilyn Manson  - 1 - by BenHeine

You can also check my other webstore at Zazzle with thousands of fun products featuring my art, such as clocks, postcards, smartphones skins & cases, dartboards, buttons, t-shirts, pillows, puzzles, fun bags, playing cards and much more!


Ben Heine
Artist | Professional | Varied
A Prolific Self-Taught Multidisciplinary Artist

Ben Heine is a Belgian artist who has produced through the years a huge number of artworks. He is currently best known for his original series "Pencil Vs Camera", "Digital Circlism" and "Flesh and Acrylic". He has a degree in Journalism and is a self-taught person in drawing, digital photography and music (piano and drums). His graphic creations have been exhibited widely in Europe and more recently in Asia. His favorite art movements are Surrealism, Pop Art, Geometric Abstraction, Expressionism and Social Realism. He started creating electronic music in 2011. A documentary about his work was released in 2012. Ben is married to Marta and their son Theodor was born in August 2012.

A Belgian Boy Born in Ivory Coast With an Interest in Drawing

Ben was born in 1983 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where he spent the first seven years of his life, with his parents and three sisters. The whole family relocated in Brussels, Belgium, in 1990. His father was a commercial engineer and his mother a choreographer and a dance teacher. As a young boy, Heine was attracted by the things young men are happy to explore such as sport, music and friends. Heine started drawing at 11 year old and quickly understood that graphic art was a powerful tool of communication and expression. At that time until recently, his curiosity for drawing was his keenest interest.

Academic Background and Love for Languages, Art and Music

Heine undertook studies in different countries, including Ivory Coast, Belgium, the UK and the Netherlands. Ben has a diploma in Journalism completed with distinction at IHECS school of Journalism in Brussels. He also studied History of Art, Painting and Sculpture at Hastings College of Arts & Technology in the UK and at the Académie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels. Throughout his academic training, he was also able to learn several music instruments (drums and piano) and several languages. Besides perfectly speaking French and English, the artist is quite fluent in Dutch and Polish and speaks some bits of Spanish and Russian.

A Popular Artist With an International Mindset

Hundreds of millions of people have seen Heine’s creations. He has exhibited and published his artworks all over the world since 2006. The artist presented his pieces of art in countless fairs and galleries in Belgium, South Korea, the UK, Romania, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, the US, Turkey, Brazil, and Spain. His pictorial works have been published in some of the most famous newspapers and magazines (see "Press" and "Exhibitions" for more info). Moreover, Heine has a huge presence on the Internet as well, and his works continually pop here and there on social media and online news outlets, making him one of the most watched artists on the web today. Ben is an enthusiastic traveller, he has visited hundreds of cities and countries, each one of them being a huge source of inspiration for his creative projects.

Pencil Vs Camera: When Imagination Meets Reality

Pencil Vs Camera is an original visual concept invented and popularized 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 that has influenced a big number of other creators. 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 Ben'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." ("Cultural Voices" June 2014). 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 timeless messages 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 (more info in the comprehensive chronological bio below). Since 2012, several smartphone 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. (see "Interviews" for more info)

Flesh and Acrylic: Humans Disappearing in Abstract Paintings

This is a project Heine started in 2011. In this series, Heine creates abstract acrylic paintings on large wooden panels. The artist blends the model (a living person) with the background. The particularity of the project resides in the fact that a living person is integrated in the artwork and is part of the whole composition. Heine wants the model to become almost invisible. The end result is often a very colorful, wild and eye-catching creation. When the painting is finished, Heine takes pictures of it so that they can be exhibited later on. The artist has made several public live performances featuring his Flesh and Acrylic concept (see references in the comprehensive chronological bio below) and he often comes dressed with hand-painted acrylic outfits in public events or exhibitions. In 2013, Ben started the "Black Stickers" series, a variation of "Flesh and Acrylic".

Thousands of Other Photos and Drawings

Heine has been interested in painting and drawing since he was a child. He eventually added photography to his repertoire because it empowers him to create images that are more eye-catching, dramatic, precise, and realistic than most paintings or illustrations. Today, Heine is equal parts illustrator and photographer, creating commissioned works for clients such as Samsung, McCann Erickson, Diesel and others, while still making time for personal projects. He made thousands of drawings and took even more photos in various destinations around the world. Many of Ben’s photos look like drawings.

There are other less known series in Ben’s photographic work such as the "Double Landscapes", "Wild Animals Downtown" or "Black Stickers" pictures, among other ideas. When editing his pictures, Ben removes all the imperfections and improves the lights, tones, colors and composition. All the edits Ben makes are only meant to express a specific message and he wants to preserve the essence and authenticity of the original shot. These are the cameras and lenses Ben currently uses: Canon: Canon EOS Mark II. Canon lens EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM. Canon lens EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Samsung: Samsung NX10, NX11, NX20, NX200. Samsung lens 50-200mm f 4.0-5.6 ois. Samsung ifunction lens 20-50mm f 3.5-5.6. LG G2 smartphone camera. Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone camera.

Digital Circlism: Portraits of Celebrities Made with Circles

This project started in 2010. In this series, Heine makes portraits of celebrities (mainly singers and musicians) with digital tools by using only flat circles. Heine defines it as a synthesis of Pop Art (art including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc.) and Pointillism (painting technique that uses small, distinct dots of pure color). Through the use of graphic softwares and a whole lot of creativity, Ben recreates iconic faces from history and pop culture with circles of various sizes and colors, in order to give them a dynamic and 3-dimensional appearance. Each portrait requires between 100 to 180 hours of work to be completed. The artist explained his workflow in an interview for Adobe Photoshop. Many of Ben's circle portraits have unfortunately been copied, stolen and plagiarized in various countries around the globe.

Music Creation: A Challenge Like No Others

An aspiring musician with an unmolested love for electronic music, Heine plays drums and the piano and started sharing his creative sounds for the first time in November 2011. "Music is more powerful", a startling confession for an artist whose claim to fame is a non-musical endeavor. His love for music marries well with his love for graphic art, "It complements my graphic work and it helps me to grow as a graphic artist too" Ben says. ("Cultural Voices", June 2014). Ben owns a professional studio since 2012. He uses Novation and Akai midi/audio synthesizers and plays drums with an electronic Roland drum kit. He edits all his sounds in Ableton Live. He is currently mainly interested in progressive house. In 2014, Ben started to collaborate with other musicians and singers.

Samsung Imagelogger

In 2010, Ben was one of the first photographers to become an official Samsung Camera "Imagelogger". In this context, Ben had the opportunity to experience and shoot with Samsung latest cameras and lenses between 2010 and 2013 (in particular the Samsung NX10, NX11, NX20, NX200 and Galaxy NX cameras). Samsung also sponsored his promotional brochures in 2011, his collective exhibition at Samsung D’light in 2010, his project with the Samsung Note 10.1 in Lisbon in 2012 and his solo exhibition at "Hyehwa Art Center" in Seoul later in 2013.

Political Art

Heine started putting pencil to paper when he was only eleven years of age. Traditionally trained in journalism and communications at the renowned IHECS School, Heine tried his hand at political cartoons. This brief encounter was far less charitable to him than he had hoped. His political activism, at the cusp of his youth, unleashed a string of criticism and threats. In the end, Heine felt it was perhaps wiser to spend his talent elsewhere and walked away from political cartoons in 2009, vowing never to return.

Reach Out to Ben Heine

Apart from Heine’s personal website and Facebook page, the artist is also reachable through Instagram, Flickr, SoundCloud, Twitter, deviantART, Google +, Blogger and YouTube.

Full chronological biography here:…


Ghost by BenHeine
© Ben Heine | Facebook | Twitter |

This is another long exposure photo. I love how scary Caroline looks... If you wish, you can view a detail here.

This picture is the result of an improvised collaboration with my long time friend Stoff (make sure to check out his page , there are some amazing creations to view).

The silhouette on the left is me using Stoff's camera to "flash" the model while my own camera (placed on another tripod just behind me) was capturing the moment =D

Stoff makes incredible "orbs" by playing with home made light sources. Luckily, Caroline Madison was there with us... I first "flashed" her, while stoff was doing the magic orb in the middle of the composition.

I took this photo by night at the seaside in Hastings a few days ago, while I was travelling to the UK for an exhibition in London (Battersea Affordable Art Fair). I lived in Hastings from 2002 to 2003, it was so nice to be there again!

An extra picture of this shooting here. As always, thanks everyone for the appreciated feedbacks.

Model: :iconcarolinemadison:

For more information about my artwork:

Some other long exposure shots:

I Have a Super Power by BenHeine Brussels by Night by BenHeine Different by BenHeine

Fira By Night by BenHeine Life is a Spiral by BenHeine I Think I'm Drunk by BenHeine

Ethereal Tide

A poem by Peter S. Quinn

Beautiful bluish light
From the deep within
Ethereal tide bright
Gyrating in its spin
Love touch and feeling
We thought were lost
Thru endless wheeling
In its ghostly crossed

Soul in state of free
Where no one has been
Abyss deep symphony
Life has never seen
Occult shadowy places
Thu its endless ways
Light and shade erases
As time surges plays

Beautiful though gone
Never again seen
Darkish and scary on
Light of blue between
The hours wear away
None of them to keep
As the elucidation play
From the ethereal deep
Blue Window by BenHeine
Blue Window
© Ben Heine | Facebook | Twitter | Prints | SoundCloud

A photo I recently took at "Grimaldi Forum" in Monaco,
France. Model: Melina Hess. This is a real window with
a lovely water reflection, you can view some backstage
pictures at this link.

PS: NEW! Prints of my photos are now available.

For more information about my work:

Stairs to Nowhere by BenHeine Dancer by BenHeine

Drapery Study - Custom Dresses by BenHeine
Drapery Study - Custom Dresses by BenHeine
Drapery Study - Custom Dresses
© Ben Heine | Facebook | Twitter | Prints | SoundCloud

Some studies for a final photo I'll share tomorrow.
The model, Marielle Humblet, was standing in a
huge air supply fan that used to ventilate a mine
many years ago.

For more information about my work:

Final picture:

Time Traveler by BenHeine

Other works:

Lights Will Guide You by BenHeine Machine From The Past - 1 by BenHeine Blue Window by BenHeine
Pencil Vs Camera - 12 by BenHeine
Pencil Vs Camera - 12
FB Soundcloud Prints G+ Twitter Blog Ben Heine

NEW: Prints of this artwork now available!

Also purchase a bigger jpg version to have it as a wallpaper.

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...

View the the full Pencil Vs Camera album

>>> 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)

PS: Please join me on Soundcloud, I will add new works there soon.

For more information about my projects:

Random features:

Pencil Vs Camera - 60 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 41 by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 4 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 19 by BenHeine

Pencil Vs Camera - 10 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 13 by BenHeine

And if you're interested, here below are answers I gave to Simon Crisp in 2010 (for explaining how I started the "Pencil Vs Camera" series. You can find some 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 in transparency the television behind the 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 because there is so much to express with this kind of visual work. So good luck!


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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rembrantt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist

:iconherzschlagplz:  Hi Ben!

Welcome to our group :iconbeautiful-hearts:

We are very glad to have you on board!  :iconheartjumpplz: 

Please take a moment and read our guidelines. Thank you.Thank-you by KmyGraphic

We would be pleased to see soon some of your beautiful artworks in our gallery.

DebadritaBose Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  New member Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is amazing ! a friend shared your art and I searched and found more . I love the pencil Vs camera 
BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Metrovelocity Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
I have been browsing DeviantArt for years now and yours is hands-down my favorite gallery: the most variety of style and the most images I like and love. The idea that you are self-taught is absolutely jaw-dropping. Thank you for sharing your talent.
BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
warm thanks, stay in touch plz
StrayCreations Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
I've been following you for years on facebook, I never realized you were on deviantART! How exciting! I'm not sure if I love your circles your series or pencil vs camera series more. :) You're an inspiration!
BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
thanks a lot :hug:
Anj333 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist
Your work is really interesting! ^^
BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Reaper-DeathCat Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Your art work is amazing! My art class actually did a project that was based on your Pencil VS Camera series.
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