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Octet by BenHeine Octet by BenHeine


Absolutely purrfect!

Eight playful little cuties I found in a street of Lisbon, Portugal.

(If you wish, you can view 2 details at this link)

Note: Many people tell me that, like in some of my other pics,
this image looks like a "pencil drawing". It is a photo, though.
The truth is that I always spend some time to edit my photos
to get a nice balance of details and different gray tones... It's
just more work for better results.

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Some other cats:

Never Leave Me Alone by BenHeine I'm Just a Baby by BenHeine

Hypnosis by BenHeine Yummy by BenHeine

Black Cat by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 58 by BenHeine
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Given 2012-10-30
Octet by `BenHeine ( Featured by IsacGoulart )
This is beautiful! I love cats so definite fav! This is a great photo and the greyscale adds to it. I really like how all the cats are very similar but have slightly diffrent Markings, especially on their foreheads.. I'm not quite sure what they are all in, but it's a unique place to photograph cats. It's really nice how each of them has a diffrent pose, some are staring right at you some finding somthing more inresting to look at, especially the one who' bending his/her head around. This photo shows many diffrent textures. You have the soft stripyness of the cats fur, and the metal of the cage(?) they are in. Then there is the wood they are relaxing on. Very interesting and beautiful photograph of some very beautiful creatures!
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myekeh Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015   Photographer
w00t! OMG! I can't contain my excitement! w00t! 
Schreient Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is fuckin AWESOME! O_O
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful work Ben.
mishkuu Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful and detailed
sn4pdr4g0n Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student General Artist
This should be in Photomanipulations. I think you're misleading people even though you do mention that they are edited. I don't think many people realize the extent to which it is edited, though, and it doesn't look like you answer comments to clarify.
zizzy-msia Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
when the others sketch out a photo, you make a drawing with camera,i love the way how it done ^^
duzetdaram Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
FiftySixGrams Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
damn - you NEVER disappoint BenHeine. I wish i had 1/10th the raw artistic talent that you have my friend. Bravo.
starfire808 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student General Artist
so cute
MissKingdomVII Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I too thought this was a drawing. What an amazing photo I love the markings on their heads.
Shalshelan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've never seen cats with stripes on their fur so precise.

I think the owner should preserve this breed.
KevinRollins Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heh. I was gonna say it's a pencil drawing as well. In fact, it reminded me of the look of M. C. Escher pictures, minus the surrealism. Though, I don't think Escher did pencil drawings. Still though, it's a really nice picture you got here.
Canvascope Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a great photo but I don't think that the fur lines are real. such fur pattern doesn't exist in real life. D:
Talesless Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what cats are these? the fur lines looks surreal
Trouble-Shyn-maker Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
LOVe the cats!!!// Thank you
SmillaW Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing picture and I love the edited efects!
owensangel10 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Way cool!!!!
Runa-Amanda Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I featured you in my new journal here: [link] Have a nice day! :)
batmantoo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a masterpiece of a shot! :worship:
What are the odds... 8 striped cats... did you set them up like this and did you have an animal trainer to aid you?
Y-Hanno Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
please don't repeat the same answer ,
just i don't understand , 8 cats have the same size and different shape of lines on her back
in the same place !!!
LadyAred Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As a volunteer at an animal shelter and an animal I totally LOVE these! beautiful work!
DGCps Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
fantastico! cada uno de ellos se ve hermosos
little-las Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is just beautiful and yes it does look like a pencil drawing!
Killrave Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
Aaaw, they have such a lovely coating.
wetdryvac Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Nifty indeed, that, and a well deserved DD.
Emberguard Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
awww, I was hoping this was a drawing

still, it's a gorgeous picture :D Can I have permission draw it?
elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful >w<
abbyicebox Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Adorable! <3
mel0mania Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
this is just great
Freak-With-Issues Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so cute! Love how realistic it and and love it overall too!
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...first off, congrats on the DD, this is really cool. I think it's very neat that you take the time to edit your photos and I love how detailed and sharp this one is. It's definitely a fascinating artistic technique.

But...unedited photos are never good enough to be shared? I guess I have to disagree, because photographs--by their very nature--are meant to capture life, a real moment in time. They're almost never perfect, but life isn't either. I suppose my feeling is that they do exactly what they're supposed to, and there's some real merit to that, both artistically and otherwise. Doctored and altered photos are beautiful and really cool--but I think at some point they cease to be photographs and become photomanipulation instead. I totally respect your technique, but I just had to say that I think there is absolutely something worth sharing even in ordinary photos.
QuietLittleLeaf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting idea. It's sad that a lot people think the natural world isn't beautiful enough to share as is. And I have to agree with you in that its extremely interesting and captivating when someone captures the perfect moment in a photo as's almost rare and special. :) Unfortunately the grey line of manipulated and unmanipulated can be tough...but I'd agree with you that these lean more on the side of photomanipulation, otherwise the author (if your reading)will have a lot of people clambering to get breeding rights to your cats and their unique pelts. ;) Leads to some interesting questions.

To the artist though: kudos, you've got a great style for yourself and the way you see the world. Keep it up! :)
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your neat response! I completely agree with you, it can be hard to decide just where the line should go, and sometimes that's part of the artistic process! This was more in response to one of the artist's comments than the style of this piece, though...The comment seems to have been edited out now, but the author said that he felt that "unedited photos are never good enough to be shared." I just wanted to share my thoughts. Thanks for the interesting comment! :D
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing your opinion, after I read your comment I removed "unedited photos are never good enough to be shared" in the description because I realized it can be misunderstood. I agree unedited photos can be interesting if the content/subject is very special, rare or unique or if there is a creative work involved before taking the pic (for instance a professional photographer spending all day in his studio to prepare all the content of the picture). My main intention was to say that the more work spent on a picture, the best it will look in the end in most of the cases, I'm saying this after a decade of experience in the field. I just believe it's a bit easy to take a pic, post it and say wow, this is art, and that's it. Some people spend days or weeks to improve and boost the quality of their images. This said, I agree, there are indeed magic instants in life that have to be shared, and there is no need to edit anything, for instance, in this photo, I didn't do any post production editing: [link] That was a rare magic moment.
DeeOtter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done! You said that a lot nicer than I would have.
xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
completely agree. :thumbsup:
TheGreatHushpuppy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this picture is amazing :O Like, that's so lucky to see the cats all arranged like that, they're so cute together!

And dem markings *.* Do you know what type of cats these are? They're gorgeous!
MoonlightLuna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Kitties! <3
themysticalmediator Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love cats~. :iconlotsofheartsplz:
SuzanneMoseley Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I don't believe it's a photograph! looks like a spectacular drawing.. the whole concept is amazing.
xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
it's heavily manipulated. :hmm:
SuzanneMoseley Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Well that's obvious lol, but it still looks more like a drawing than a photograph manipulated or not.
IloveLordGhiraham Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Healing-Touch Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That is CRAZY how much this looks like pencil! I've seen pencils that look like a photo, but I've never seen a photo that looks like pencil.
Quina-chan Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist
What surprises me the most is that there are 8 cute little kitties all together like this :meow: A beautiful photo and well edited :)
Experiment-6 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. Lovely markings on the cats!
weRDunfo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To get that many cats to pose so perfectly is quite impressive. Awesome job.
ladyMargolotta Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
the strips look so fake, were the cats really colored this way?
how many shots did u have to put together?
Your-Typical-Tyrant Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this omg cats everywhere~!~!
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing and beautiful!
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1/250 second
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111 mm
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Date Taken
Apr 13, 2012, 2:31:53 PM
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