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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.

View the the full 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).

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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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WH5 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Gostei esse é um truque simples mas genial.
Movesomewhereelse 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.
AnimeLover981 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Okay cool... But who's eating the big fish?

Metaphorically. But also literally.
NCgirl1212 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!!
SanderJansen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
Featured [link] :)
RenzoEHernandez Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hell of a catch, ha, usually how it works. Good execution.
simonpark81 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the human being is the predator in this picture...
great mixture of art and life!!! bravissimo!!!

you look like hugh jackman. anyone ever tell you that?
doublechew Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
i am officially a pencil vs camera fan :)
gretzkyfan99 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
your art is stunning! i absolutely love this one!!
STORMCORROSION Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
MiCkIart14 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I have never done a Critique before, and am techniquelly not got to do one but I give you full star's on everything, the tone's and concept really expressed some mood's in me and I actuelly thought about jealous human preditor's before I read your comment! ^^
Jaffre Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Artist
SLemis Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
wonder! cute!
tariqicp Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
looking cool nice piece of work
BlooRibbondrop Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
epic :3
cassiebelle17 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
wow inspirational! im a freshman in high school and really hope and dream that i can make something thats even close to this incredible
Nickybrenzel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
I have no words, this is brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BANGDK Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great one, its very funny and original :thumbsup:
ZokiArt555 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconwowplz: This is fabulous! :w00t:;)
arualcat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Absolutely awesome! Love this kind of manipulations!
TypicallySunshine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Writer
You are without doubt a genius! :)
maruromano Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! (:o. what a creative way of taking photography to another level
ShockBlade501 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
i might have to give a try at this pencil vs camera thing, it's so awesome
pineapplejoey Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
dang, your good.
bdoyle102 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
A style unlike I've ever seen. Wonderful.
fractalhead Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
very cool
LOLMaxride Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
I have no words great enough to describe your work! It blows my mind :D
xxAwpxx Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A fish within a fish...

GustavChronicles Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Jajajajaja Really original and really talent!!!
Congratulations, you are great artist!!!!
giant-leap Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is amazing! Perfect mix of reality and fiction.
tobreakfree Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
you are pretty much made of awesomeness!
i love each and every single photo..
acoresjo88 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This deviation is included in my latest journal feature.
Please feel free to comment and/or :+fav: it, would be really appreciated :)
livinladolcevita Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Your artwork has been featured on my last 2011's journal! Yaaaaay! :la:
Happy new year! :heart:
ryanfnhernandez Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
i like this
J4m-ch4n Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Writer
"Hey look I caught one--WHAT IN THE WORLD?!"

Guy on shark:"I say dear chap, could you release my shark and it's lunches? We must get back to Atlantis for our water show!"

"....oh...kay? I really hope someone took a picture of this!"

I really love your pictures, by the way. >w< :iconsharksayplz:
RevanthaneWingz Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
wow! GREAAT!!
crh Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful imaginative! one of the most brilliant issues of this series, alone the drawing is stunning me! overall a very great work, love it!
miyakies Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
that's really cool :heart:_:heart:
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Date Taken
Nov 20, 2011, 12:53:34 PM
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