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No more violence! This work is dedicated to the 5 killed and
125 wounded people in the recent gun and grenade attack in
Liège (Belgium). Weapons are useless. I ripped the paper and
held it in a different way so that it works with my drawing...

If you wish, you can view the work in progress (part of it)
and some random detail here.

My Pencil Vs Camera works are now featured on CBS News.

See the whole "Pencil Vs Camera" album

(The above picture has been shot with the Samsung NX11)

Update: See THIS VIDEO showing some 18 Pencil
Vs Camera pictures in progress (with original music).


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Amazing, expressive and a true work of art.
This is what real art is all about. It is full of love and passion for art that lies deep down in the heart. the artist clearly, and simply delivers the moral of the picture in such a way that a child could understand. it's very inspirational, and heart warming. it is like nothing that i have seen before in an artist. It has great deapth and personality that lets you see what the artist is thinking. it's a beutiful work of art that inspires me to be a better artist.

great jb, keep up the good work!
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once again another great art work you have created n as well as the message it gives us another reality cheek of what is really happening on in the world so that we can try n help as well as try n stop the senseless death of defenseless people n i hope people do realize that 2. your technique is flawless as all ways your originality of it is the same message but different art but very good ass well but the impact was absolutely great . love your art hun n look forward 2 seeing more of your creative work hun
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s0l0vino Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Nice piece. Good message
s0l0vino Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
I like how the cameras are present up above.
Natbug413 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student General Artist
very nice  :)
ShalomShiloh Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist
Firearms are not useless, I have some for hobby use. It's stress relieving to spend a few hours at the range.

Either way, I do love the detail and meaning you put into this one because there are still evil people in this world that kill for evil purposes. And the fact that there is a child walking there adds a different/deeper level of importance.
sketchywhiskers Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
OMG... The boy looks like my little cousin
Ayi82 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
I love the message of this one.
Danielartesnovas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
best art
Mayzzi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ThatOneFriend Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU ARE A Genius
Samijabrothers Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Very good! Very good message. Full of creation!
RenzoEHernandez Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An amazing piece, the idea to end the violence is something I also would like to see someday. This really makes me think about the stories I read about online or see on television. Thank you for this contribution, will add this to my favorites, love all of your work.
VicEberly Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Featured: [link] :sun:
Skvigge Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
your work is simply awesome....
Itachi-Chrs-kun Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the little guy has a halo :) And I like that the little boy has no idea what's happening. It happens everyday...innocent people harmed because they were completely unaware of the danger
aphfangirlwashere Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Guss1470 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice, saw on twitter and clicked and enjoyed. I really like the artwork.
AmynitaMuscaria Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   General Artist
Awesome :) It makes me think of violence becoming impotent .
zax3 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
wooooooooooooooooooooooow your draw so amazing man T_T i love it
HopeSwings777 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
BlossomChild7 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
I absolutely love how the little guy that's stopping the gun is an angel! Anyone else see the halo above his head? And how in the world can you hold a piece of paper like that?
003145 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DTKinetic Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just the idea of having a useless pistol with the end of its barrel drooping down like it's melted is powerful enough. But to me I find plenty more to like about this: the angel stopping the violence, the rough feel of the background, and even the security cameras feel like they add an effective touch. Well done :thumbsup:
Simili84 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Pure genius!
QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
"Weapons are useless."

What about using weapons in self-defense?
Moosplauze Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What about no need for self-defense?
QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
The day when there's "no need for self-defense" is the day when you enter Heaven (provided you accept Jesus Christ as your savior).

Until that day, people without weapons will be at the mercy of people that do.
Moosplauze Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If Jesus had a weapon, do you think he would have used it against his opponents?
QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
No, but I'm not Jesus, and neither are you.
Moosplauze Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, Jesus is a common name in many countries, so how would you know..
QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
"Jesus is a common name in many countries."

Well, if I can meet this Jesus, and he can turn a glass of water into a glass of milk or some other liquid, then I'll concede you're right.

But, here's something to keep in mind-there are times when violence IS the answer. If the United States "turned the other cheek" when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States would cease to exist.

More recently, there was a case where a twelve year-old boy had to kill his stepfather WHO WAS ARMED WITH A SHOTGUN by shooting him in the head. Click here to learn more. If Nicholas Boleware had "turned the other cheek", instead of one dead body, there would have been two dead bodies. At least. As Nicholas Boleware put it, "He ran towards my mom like he was going to strike her. I shot him. I had no other choice." If you have any questions about this story, e-mail Allison Manning at

What if YOUR life was in danger? Wouldn't YOU want to live, even if that meant your assailants would get injured or killed?
Moosplauze Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I can turn water into tea and you don't even want to know what I can turn the tea into afterwards.

Did you realize that your example situations when weapons are needed (in your opinion) wouldn't be real if there were no offensive weapons to begin with? If Japan would have just visited Pearl Harbour without weapons, there wouldn't have been a (proclaimed) reason to drop 2 atomic bombs killing numerous cilians and if his stepfather wouldn't have been armed with a shotgun there wouldn't have been a reason to freaking shoot him.

Civilized people don't need weapons, at least no offensive weapons.
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Moosplauze Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Is this sold out in your limited editions print or is this not limited? :)
ZokiArt555 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconwowplz: Great work!!! :thumbsup::clap::)
themarz22 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
that is awesome
SkullKnockade Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student
I love the message conveyed. Well done!
scortez Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
What an awesome piece... and such a great idea... makes me want to jump right in and try it...
Moosplauze Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I featured your image in my journal because I really like it: [link] :)
Long-nanhai Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is something that could be used to stop violence so amazing
Winterspirit Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Really great work, in many levels, but "Weapons are useless" ?

As clearly illustrated in the above piece of art -although perhaps not as intended - the monochrome naivety of notions such as "no more violence" is restricted to a layer of fantasy that, no matter how well presented, will always contrast with the polychrome that is the real world.
Vital-Vittles Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing piece - the merging of the photo with the drawing is absolutely flawless. cool concept.
invaderrandoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
this is amazing o.O
joyfullyblessed Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I love how you used your gift in this work to speak against violence. Too many people are robbed of their lives by guns, other weapons, and acts of violence. We need to remember that life is sacred.
mmums Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This is really some thing. why creating some thing that it is only purpose of existence is to kill.
Ed-weirdo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Sterling Portfolio and enviable technique! Bravo![link]
noobyzgir350 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
woah that is simply amazing!!!
Choochie2 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Amazing :) You've got a ton of talent and I enjoy seeing your work!
RandomFox11 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've been wondering. Do you sketch the pictures before you take the photo, or do you take the photo with the paper blank and sketch digitally afterwards?
Because if it's the former, I... I'm at a total loss for words... :jawdrop:
cold1484 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
yet another clever work from a clever artist
friedinsanity Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
So clever, mate. Really great job on this one! ;)
cholo121 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
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