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December 6, 2011
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/1328 second
Focal Length
70 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 20, 2011, 12:53:34 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
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Pencil Vs Camera - 59 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 59 by BenHeine
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Which one do you think is the predator?

Ok, to be honest, this is somehow a metaphor and a parody of "capitalism".

I have been willing to do something like this since some time…

Everything is connected in this image (the smallest fish at the top is asking for help, see detail).

I took the photo near Sousse in Tunisia not too long ago, I also made the drawing.

I'm not a biologist or a fish expert, I just drew these animals intuitively. :)

If you wish, you can view some details and the work in progress here.

See the whole "Pencil Vs Camera" album

>>> Review from THE SUN for this picture: "Eye-catching ... fisherman snares shark" (The Sun, Dec. 2011)

>>> Review from THE DAILY MAIL for this picture: "Reeling in a whopper: A fisherman appears to catch
an unusual trawl in this perspective-bending picture taken in Tunisia as part of the Pencil Vs Camera series
by Belgian visual artist Ben Heine"
(Matt Blake, The Daily Mail, July 2012).

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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I really love the way that you have made the drawn picture seem like its popping out (3D). Also i like the way that you have used different tones of pencil to make it seem life like, but still keep the cartoon side to it.

I think that you could improve it slightly by adding in the horizon so that it more visible. But im only saying that because im being very picky, but other than that this is a stunning piece of work and i cant wait to see more.


I think that this pencil vs camera technique is very clever and is very origional.
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Very good. I am impressed at how well you lined up the picture with the line of the fishing pole. The only problems I'm seeing is that the fish seem too close to be just now coming out of the water as well as the rod isn't bending and it seems to me like it would bend with that many fish/that much weight. I may at this point be being too picky, though, so take them as simply thoughts. Everything is very good, including the water (despite it maybe being very cartoon-ish. As I was writing this, I just notice that the boat in the background actually has a real wake. Wow! Still very impressed.
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shanedaman2014 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014   Filmographer
corysuess Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is original, fun, and awesome.  Love your style.
TheLittleThingsCount Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Schwpz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
I'm loving your entire series, but this one is simply amazing! Well done! :D
Jessicaatjuhhh Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its so cool!
pitchblackprincess Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Amazing works. Your concepts r uniqe and proves ur talent
lostferret Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
hey, I'm only new to devian art but I love your work
It's so high quality and cool
namtar57 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Great image.
Mydeviantnameis Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
This is an amazing idea! It's not just this one, all of your works are really smart and unique. I really love this perspective and the shading on the fish and shark. Amazing work! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more.
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