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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.
What do you think?
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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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Vv---vV Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
very impressive :nod:
segura2112 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very cool! Thank You
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
grimm-cat Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing picture. :)
pink-gizzy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Where did you take the photo?
Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
just imagine what Picasso could have done with your camera
aNnEmL42 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Laws of Physics. Who needs them?
InuyashaXKagome7 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you stare at it long enough... it looks like the trains are coming at you O.O
Lizzyluna Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist
I like this one as well as the whole series. It's reality with a bit of imagination.
Dsupplier Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
you just made my imagination run wild

missBlues Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
I've looked through your Pencil vs Camera gallery and your art is absolutely soaked with imagination. It's a pleasure to see (:
Kechuppika Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Kinda reminds me of the Genkaku Picasso manga =w=
Seda04 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
its like looking into a new dimention of everything......its like hopping into a new world but a part of you still is in the previous world....
i really couldnt get y eyes off it for a long time....commendable job on overlaping the drawing and the scene
Midnos Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... this is... mindshaking...
Kristelok Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Someone posted this as if it's of her: [link]
prettyflour Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal!

missiraqdrawings Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student
wow! your wrk is great!
KaitoAozora Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Definitely getting the Escher vibe.

Did the man put his head in the cobbles or was it put there for him?
chun11 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
hahaha, my head XD...Brilliant!
Zoey2070 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
I think I know how you did it. You take a picture with your hand, do the drawing, lined up with the photo, scan the drawing, and photoshop it in!
TheNotSoEvilOne Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Awesome !!!
Hanka-Muffin-Angel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
OMG....HOW MANY DO U HAVE O.O?!?!?!?!?!?
psychmeout Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
This kind of thing is amazing! I love it when mediums are combined to create something new. What a happy surprise to find on devart.
oknighto Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
are you really holding this drawing? or was it drawn in on the computer? either way it's phenominal:) you've inspired me Mr. BenHein.
jamesy165 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
How do you get it so bang on prefect? Amazing.
JHTriune Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is still one of my favorites.
krisstetel Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
c'est genial
JakubL Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
amazing work
charlenelisa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I've only just discovered your work. It's amazing.
robinplur Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Interesting project I say! =D
PyschoAnime Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Das ist erstaunlich <3
Ich liebe diese (:
Py-Bun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OMG! i love the drawing, the photography and the especially the concept!
w-p Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
great serie.inspiring
2aidT Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011   Digital Artist
deze werk was op krant (de morgen)
meyong Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Ben, you bring Happiness in This World. Much Love and Respect to your work man.
Greetings from France btw.
misguidedeyes Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. your work amazes me. excellent job :)
Caravela Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is what distinguishes the 'Great' from the also rans! Never have I been so in awe of a set of works as I was on first coming accross your portfolio...breathtaking and so so imaginative! You truelly can be called an artist of the highest calibre and may your star shine as brightly for many many more years to come. I look forward to those fruitful years with enjoyment and alas...envy. Salut.
Juaniasdasd Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
I have seen ur whole album, and the only thing that came to my mind is that I always try to do my best for my draws, but I can see that u do one of the best art I have ever seen,
U should be proud of it, with nice pictures and simple lines u do beautiful and full of emotions Art.
mkiko Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
i like the concept so much
Sorceress2000 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
wooooow! I love your work! so surreal!
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