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I took this photo a few days ago and also drew the rough sketch... This is dedicated to Yves Rossy alias "JET MAN" (also known as "Fusion Man"). I admire him a lot. :)

View the the full Pencil Vs Camera album

He is a Swiss pilot, inventor and aviation enthusiast. He is nicknamed "Jet Man" and "Fusion Man" for being the first person to achieve sustained human flight using a jet-powered fixed wing strapped to his back, reaching a top speed of 304 km/h (189 mph). He developed and built a system comprising a back pack with rigid aeroplane-type carbon-fiber wings with a span of about 2.4 metres (7.9 ft), powered by four attached jet engines. He already flew across the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and over the Alps. Next, Rossy plans to fly across the Grand Canyon in Arizona in the USA...

>>> Review from THE DAILY MAIL for this picture: "Trick of the eye: Ben Heine's drawing takes optical illusion to a new level as a hand holds a paper aeroplane" (Kerry McQueeney, The Daily Mail, Sept. 2011)

Update: See THIS VIDEO showing some 18 Pencil Vs Camera images in progress (with a small animation and an original musical composition).

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A poem by Peter S. Quinn

We are all geniuses today
One by one I observe and say
Breaking rules of what we can
Making abstract of the uncommon
This and that we didn't know
That it is we must show
Plainly done or complex
Take it easy now relax

Fly me fly me to the moon
Let me pass into deep space
New galaxies I'll see soon
In their turning many ways
Deep beyond and further still
Where no man has gone yet
Every dream I must fulfill
On my own and with my jet

We have made our day clear
Finding out and all steer
That was not suppose to be
But we anyway did it free
Asking question not of why
Only doing what we try
This is so much fun to feel
Taking off to what isn't real

We are passing through a stage
All their feeling and debates
Nothing seems unreachable
Not being unmade unteachable
We have made the sky fall
With our inventive certain call
All is undependable on a thought
And that we did or even ought

Fly me fly me to the moon
Let me see all the distances
New galaxies I'll see soon
Let me take my chances
You and I together are
Feeling these times now
Let us hope and reach a star
To all our dreams somehow
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I looked a lot at your Pencil versus Camera album and they are all really amazing. I actually feel honored to write this critique and I am being completely honest here. I love how you were holding a piece of paper that makes it look like you are holding a different piece of paper. I really do feel like this is a 5 stars out of 5 stars style and piece of work. I hope I helped and I am surprised you call your drawings rough sketches. My 2-3 hour drawings could not even come close to your "rough sketches".
What do you think?
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2 out of 2 deviants thought this was fair.

I've seen some of your other pencil vs camera pictures but this clearly was meant to be on top.
I mean the vision is clearly supreme - a man flying with a jet-suit in a clear part of a cloudy sky. I mean it's not just the pursuit for the vision it's the originality as well. So, clearly, I'm very impressed and will reward you with a 5 stars in both these categories.
The impact on me is also big, so 5 stars here as well.
A tiny thing that I think can get better is the hand drawn paper piece. I think you could have done it so that it looks like an extension to the reality in the background. I don't say I like it this way, but I think my idea is better :D .
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Yamikou Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
confuses me but cool! :D
iSpazzyKitty Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing! I love this concept, it's so unique! :D
lizardhr Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
nice work!!!
Vair-Bair Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
my art teacher added one of your art works onto her slideshow for one and two point perspective
really nice work
Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconinceptiontotemplz: we need to go deeper...
gabriele905 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
u r really good
Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
or should that be "optical allusion"?
ciphervision Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
a sketch within a sketch....sketchception! :iconspazattackplz:
misty2999 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
:iconxzibitplz: yo dawg, i heard you like pencil vs camera drawings, so we put a pencil vs camera drawing in your pencil vs camera drawing so you can look through a piece of paper WHILE you look through a piece pf paper!
Fantasy-JG Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist
that is too awesome!
NadaBenghazi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! And slightly mind boggling =P
RLiang13 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Photographer
mind f***
lovelybirdy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
im confused ^^ great work (;
aflockofhawks Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
omg! Yves Rossy is MY all time hero too!!! i love him and what he did so much! one day i will fly in the sky with birds too
i know all about him!
KimikoQ Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahaha! So awesome. Yet again, I love this so much.
YikYik Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
A dream within a dream... :O
dePalau Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Really amazing all this kind of drawings. Love it! :)
Cobosaur Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Oxidizer25 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
your art totally blows my mind! O.O
I have a question, though: how did you take a photo of both of your hands without dropping the camera? =D
Ui264 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
*looks at picture*
"Oh hey, that's really cool."
*starts thinking*
"He took a picture of both of his hands. How the heck did he take the picture?!?"
exmpletree Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Interface Designer
yo dawg...
AstralUnit301 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
maylin86 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative. It's cool. =)
SakiJoy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
I can not speak english but.. NICE!! or in spanish: GENIAL!! I really love your work. I pray everyday for see something so original and inspired. Your works makes me alive!
PedroPsb Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats awsomeness :boogie:
congratulations for sucha amazing stuff
BIO-BIO Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
A Pencil Vs Camera of a Pencil Vs Camera.

Instantly faved.
fight-fate Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
haha double feature! :D
Northstable1234 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
such an incredible concept
Daladier Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
so simple yet so complex!! Good work here!
Websurfer3139 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
This is a very unique way of art and photography!! Both are very fun for me(:
Kairiuxiux Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
woah thats cool! you should do another one of these except its a torn piece of paper within a torn piece of paper and it just keeps on going
juh-z Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
This is particularly impressive.
The whole series is fantastic, but the double interference made this one special.
Very good, congratulations!
Photo-Rhino Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I do admire this man's passion for flight. :)

The clouds and the lighting is just perfect for this!
pekisi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
simply amazing
agapexyou Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
danngg that one is trippy lol
pretty cool!!
sDuprat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
I love your art! :heart: it is so awesome!
liyinalways Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
awww, love your imagination~! to infinity and beyond ben!
CherryFoto Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010   Photographer
ohh. AMAZING! i lovee it!
great idea!
MafiaVamp Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Wow, this is even better : )
I mean, it's double. Astonishing!
Keep it up!

Greets, MV~
ben63376 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
awsome love the doubleimage :D
Shay123 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
wow, these are all really amazing!
Watalemon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
I think I love you
spapps Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
gre8 concept dude
coolMelody Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
(Pencil Vs Camera)vs(Pencil Vs Camera)... WHOA MAN
Laiven2150 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Took be by surprise here. Brought it to another level. Looks incredible
Oreobananakecks Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
I love these pictures is soo good :)

how do you do that ?
turp Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love this series :) such an awesome idea
listoman Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Dude thats awesome! Great job :D
my-sky-is-over Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
best so far
Jazzhead Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Interesting image...Great series
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Shutter Speed
10/8000 second
Focal Length
70 mm
Date Taken
May 8, 2010, 4:36:08 PM