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October 2, 2010
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Pencil Vs Camera - 35 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 35 by BenHeine
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I've made here a slightly more detailed sketch for this surreal composition on paper. The guy on the right is shown upside down, the head inside the pavement... The smaller tramway called "Gravity" in the upper right corner is overturned (see a detail/close-up here, showing the small tramway the right way). 12 balls seem to be in weightless conditions. The infinity symbol appears in the distant vanishing point. I took the photo near the Palace of Justice in the centre of Brussels, Belgium. The second title of this image is "This is Not Gravity".

See the whole "Pencil Vs Camera" album

(The above photo has been shot with the Samsung NX10)

>>> Review from THE DAILY MAIL for this picture: "Balancing act: Not even tram lines escape the artist's mischievous eye" (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

I go my road of fate
Stronghold of my day
Its cry of timeless debate
On to the side way
To enter on to the dark
Once flowers were in shine
A glow like eyes spark
A shimmer of soul‘s define

Now here is drop of night
In carnations of mystery
Dark wings in deep flight
Ever so wandering free
Taking eyes to somewhere
Where silences are black
A song of nocturnal somber
Never to return back

O tongue of deepest tongue
Inside this closing abyss
Each night where we long
And enter the garnet bliss
Fountains of evening veins
I cross you mask of bleed
To twilight’s coming reins
In all your shadows mislead


Puffed up Dandy

A poem by Katie Gabrielle

Never stick your finger
In the electric socket
Or forget the change
inside your pocket
Never put your head
On the trolley tracks
These are the facts
It's dangerous to assume
You will survive the zoom
Of the trolley car
To crush you
Are you super man
I'm sure you can
An alibi is handy
When you are a puffed up dandy
With your head in the tracks
And your mind in the cloud
For crying out loud
Get out of the road
You silly toad
Because the train is coming
Are you in your right mind
Is this your trolley
Pull your head out of the tracks
It's right on time
Your trip to Pencil land
Is one of a kind...
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Your work always amazes me, no matter how I look at your work, and no matter in what mood I am, this makes me smile everytime and makes me wonder how you just do it.

Everytime you come with new ideas, but if I reckon well you have a thingy for the trams.

What can I say more, just that the pencil wins the camera !
But now I'm wondering have you tryed something on a bigger scale ? - if not, why don't you give it a try and see how it goes. it Would be interesting to see some bigger projects, bigger works, and more speechless people.
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This work is simply fantastic! It's like looking into a window and seeing a whole other world!

What I like most about this, and what caught my eye, was how easily it overlaps and meshes with the background, despite it obviously being on paper. With a causual glance, you'd swear it was supposed to be there.

The other thing I like is how the photo is a scene of normalcy, but the paper is surreal chaos. The detail in the sketch is beautiful. I keep looking at it trying to find anything I might've missed!

Finally, this, and the others like it in your album, are some of the more original works I've seen here!

This is a great work and I sincerely hope you keep making more art!
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DomLyner Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude you are AWESOME!!!
neegi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Great idea for works! It resembles me those pictures from the past which are placed in the same place they were made so it creates something very positive. I would call it a capture of a moment. And also in that case. Instead of mixing future and past you are connecting reality and imaginary world. I like it very much.
taoMega20 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
my vote goes to pencil on this one
blizzardstar33 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student General Artist
My art teacher used this in a powerpoint to show us examples of collages!
MusicIsMyLife7 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Artist
Did you... drew the... train and all the other stuff? GOD! YOU'RE SOOOO TALENTED I'M JEALOUS!!! I want your talent XD
zara244 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
amazing!!! OMG!!!
AlecBell Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
As droll as it is artful and clever!
CosmoWillome Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The pencil has a better sense of humor
MajcHe Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
you'r God.:O
Dustywallpaper Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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