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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...

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>>> 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)

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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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Critique by Pixelated-Dream Mar 24, 2011, 12:03:35 PM
This is very humorous cheered me up after hearing some very bad news. I love the idea and the originality of this , its very cartoon and a clear sketch the darkness of the pencil works well.

The cross hatching is very effective and gives a more stylized feel to the whole piece, it makes it fit in.
I feel as if, I could take the paper away and reveal the same face but in reality.
using a digital image mixed with traditional is very creative and it suits well

I like the rest of your collection too, they are original and very professional
well done
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
103 out of 105 deviants thought this was fair.

The quality of work can be far imaginative but seeing the stroke of your artwork with a touch of your lead pencil can deceive people in a way that nobody else can do better.

The judgement can call someone that can describe this piece of artwork the call for humanity but the resource use to describe another one can call this one fair enough to describe it is important.

The goofy'ness can cause an uproar causing another to cause their faces to grow old and weary even though people may mistake this for some intrusion that will cause another to make the wrong decision.
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This is amasing. ;) 
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before I saw this one I actually thought you actually held the picture up while taking the picture. That's me disillusioned.
SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What?!  He doesn't??  I've been thinking that all along too!  And I've been sitting here thinking "How does he measure it so he knows how big it needs to be for where he's going to hold it?  How does he make sure things are still the way it needs to be to match the drawing?"  :doh:

It makes much more sense now.  :facepalm:
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I thought this was so funny!
Keep up the good work!
TheHermitInTheAtic Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I must say my good fellow, I seriously I joy your work! It is both imaginative and amusing! (As well as impressive!) I hope to see more work like this in the future, the world could learn a lot from you!
LikaPoland Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
This is awesome!
rb10625 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Pencil wins once more!!
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Nice work.:)
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You have such creativity. I love your artwork. Love 
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I love your originality!
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This is amazing!
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THIS IS YOURS!? My high school art teacher found this in a magazine and showed us in a demonstration! Omg I'm talking to the artist! :D
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i lawled
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This awesomeness of this is borderline obscene.
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this is funny good job
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featured this here: Graphic Junkie
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lol that's amazing
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Haha, nice one! :D
sKrollink Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so clever. It is mind blowing that you got the right head positions.
little-eddie Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Very ORIGINAL Concept .......... awesome execution. Keep up the great work!!
Sonic-Syndicate Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
SO funny. Great idea, great work.
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you´re featured here [link] ;)
Veratai Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:lol: pencil wins
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Interesting concept, great stuff!
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wow!! good idea
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Wowzzzzz Dis is so awshum!!!
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Too funny!
CyfoTrance Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Wow, this is stunning!
sinaliner Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Thank you for your awesome stuff! It always moves me in some way.
The mother donkey looks quite ashamed ^^. And I thought the sons are the ones who often feel embarrassed by their mothers.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Very cool very clever work
DharmaLynn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
This still has me laughing.
I have a couple of mini donkeys (not these particular two.. ) .. you really brought out their personalities!
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Aww, funny donkeys! I love this stuff!
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Dafuq haha
makiyan Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student General Artist
HAHAHHA xD this is just brilliant
butterflywine Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
damn you are very funny and entertaining and just a pretty darn good artist too thanks for the smiles you bring
BenHeine Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh-Lucie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I'm loving these photos! Fantastic work.
DesiMel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Loving everything so far!
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Shutter Speed
10/2000 second
Focal Length
18 mm
Date Taken
Apr 5, 2010, 12:51:04 PM