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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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gretzkyfan99 Jul 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
your art is stunning! i absolutely love this one!!
looking cool nice piece of work
God, I love the way you shade things. SO beautiful! And I also think that your description is amazing! Very insightful. :3
I wish you would make a drawing like this of a big hot air balloon!!! I would so get a tattoo of that!!!!!
Winged-Thoughts Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woww; so brilliant, mixing photography, digital manipulation (I believe I can detect some in not only the overlay of hand/drawing over image but also in the fabrication of the background itself, so please correct me if I am wrong) and drawing in such a splendid composition. Such a modern way of looking at the world :) I love it so much!! Your line work seems absolutely flawless, I am both jealous and blown away
QueenOfQuills Feb 1, 2012  Student Writer
You are without doubt a genius! :)
Jajajajaja Really original and really talent!!!
Congratulations, you are great artist!!!!
you are pretty much made of awesomeness!
i love each and every single photo..
I love the message behind it.
Photeki Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D and I agree.
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