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Pencil Vs Camera - 7 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 7 by BenHeine
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I took this photo in the "Palais des Beaux Arts" of Lille, France (I also made the drawing)

I've represented on the paper 3 of my most favorite paintings:

- "The Third of May 1808" by Francisco Goya (the painting is much bigger in the real life)

- "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli (the painting is much bigger in the real life)

- "The Gleaners" by Jean-François Millet

The big Eye in the centre of the composition is something I added because what would visual art be without the tool to see it?

In my opinion, the human eye and brain and the way we interpret art are even more important than the artworks themselves. The model is my sweet Marta.

Update: See THIS VIDEO showing some 18 Pencil Vs Camera images in progress (with a small animation and an original musical compo).

See the whole "Pencil Vs Camera" album

For more information about my artwork:

Random features:

The Eye

A poem by Peter S. Quinn

Here I am or if I am
The eye of seeing all
Some of it is a scam
As it's not on the wall:

3 of paintings favorite
Is a pure fantasy play
1 left out deliberate
The Shooting of 3 May

Eye to see another eye
Of model Marta - my dear
Artists now have a try
And draw a picture of her!
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First of all, I do want to say that after stumbling upon this series of yours, this one is my very favorite.

The boldness of color in the actual photo provides very nice contrast to the paper that has been drawn on, and it does so without killing my eyes. Overall, I think the idea behind this pieces is wonderful, almost like you're taking a piece of the world and replacing it with art, an idea that I can very much support. The irony I see here is that the photo was taken in an art gallery, and the way you've taken something devoted to the world of art and incorporated it into your own work is stunning, as more conventionally it's the other way around.

I very much enjoy the crispness of the drawing when compared to the blurred focus of the photo (your lines are so very clean, I'm envious!), and how so many little details have been put onto that corner of paper with care. Speaking of the corner, I did also want to say that it's interesting that you drew on it at such an angle, rather than aligning it with the corner. It makes the composition of the photo much more interesting.

The focus of the foreground vs. the background does detract a little from the illusion that I assume you were going for with the girl sitting in front of the wall, but then again, that is only assumed and it certainly does not destroy the concept or the illusion entirely. My only other suggestion, or nitpick if you would like to call it, would be that the drawing does not go off the edges of the paper when the intention is to blend into the photo, and I wonder if the transition would be for better or for worse if you had done so.

I have to say that overall, I am very impressed with this piece and that the entire thought behind this series of works as well as this piece in particular strike me and strike well. Very eye-catching and interesting, it makes me think, and I like that a lot. Very well done.
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TheCitadelLives Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
keep your eyes healthy. Eat carrots and don't watch too much screens or read in the dark
AnaHellaHeaven Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I didn't know you were at here.
I loved this one and the three paintings you did choose are great.
I just don't like the eye.
Love your work!
publicinsomniac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your work is genius!
TFSakon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I love this use of your style very creative.
TsukiyomiNekoMiku Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This one totally reminded me of Ib~ >w<
starmic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
an astist isn´t?
whos looking at the pictures or a curious love that people!!
meganXmanga Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I saw this in a magazine! O___O
You're cool dude! -w-
Association4Creation Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! What a cool idea and very nice drawing also!
Devorad Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
WENDX14 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   General Artist
ohh i love this one :dalove:

"El miedo da vida"
xoxored Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the eye ;)
KriticKilled Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the amount of detail in the paintings you drew.
Shadowpaw76 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I want your magic paper D:
BBOCIT Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
The truly amazing things are, how it look, and the mystery of what's behind the part you covered up.
xsannea Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been there :D
ellenfaith Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All your works are so amazing I couldn't find a favourite to comment on! So basically I just wanted to let you know that the whole idea behind these is so inspiring so well done!
alex-xs Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Génial !
sandcoffin13 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Can I just say I love how clean your lines are? I know it's weird, but I am in awe. Well, the overall greatness, but dang...those details are great.
amyhooton Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome... :clap:
Redlipstickandpearls Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!!!!! Soo creative!
breamgappy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Idée sympa et réalisée de main de Maître; :clap: Bravo!!!
easyglow Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know why, but I love this one the best in the whole series :)
mimihangsupsidedown Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
and a little scary for a moment I thought it was me sitting there 0.0 creepy~
Kechuppika Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you do these =w=
Seda04 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely composition....
how did you get the drawing in perfect proportion???
Indiesawr Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
klb2000000 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
The way I think you proceed is you take the picture(with nothing on the piece of paper), then you draw the section you need to draw, you take a picture of your drawing, and then you put the drawing on the piece of paper via photoshop or whatever program you are using. Am I right? If not well wow I really don't have any idea on how you do it but anyway it's really awesome!
ZuRa1994 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student
This is great! :D
iMAGGInary Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
really great artwork this series! Against my usual manners I just faved and ran ;D ...
LAPoetry-n-Photo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I must go here one day! I studied all those painting in my art history class and learned French in college!
naresh3887 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
...great... work
KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I RECOGNIZE A COUPLE OF THOSE!!! the ones you drew, the others in the real pic or a bit blurry...
Lazuleaf Featured By Owner May 10, 2011   Writer
Hi! Just want to let you know that your work has been chosen as a prompt piece at #Inspiring-Words here. Thank you!
CitizenCEO Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
A very awesome series!
Rusca8 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
But... you do the pencil drawing after or before taking the photo??
RandomMasterTor Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is seriously awesome!
DragonTreasureArt Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is absolutely fantastic. I love how you've incorporated a homage to artwork's you admire and captured them in your personal style.
nattleszami Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is so cool
QZYXYA Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student Photographer
~Anesidora-Rising Feb 1, 2011
I've been looking at some of your work and it truly is beautiful. They show the world in such a unique fashion and are so imaginative, they flow so effortlessly that you cant help but be impressed when you see them. There are just simply wonderful

- same here! :D
quiteproustian Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
this is really wonderful, very creative!
mishkuu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i love it!
MissAshleyJade Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Your work is amazing!
Lilyas Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Somehow this one impresses me much! :omg:
JessicaValerie-n-Co Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Your lovely work has been feature here. :heart:
Mik2mei Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
This is really cool! :D
KiannaKollster Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Omg this style of photographing mixed with drawing is really cool! Do you make the drawing where you take the picture, or do you make them on the computer??
If you draw them where you are i'm really really impressed and you will then be the most awesome person on DA O.O!!!
GraphiteDream Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
its a truly amazing idea that would only work if you have the talent to back it up, its very impressive.
Anesidora-Rising Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
I've been looking at some of your work and it truly is beautiful. They show the world in such a unique fashion and are so imaginative, they flow so effortlessly that you cant help but be impressed when you see them. There are just simply wonderful :)
dsltnspdr Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Wow im so glad i randomly found ur work its very original never seen it done really. i especially like this picture because it like you brought art work to be shown in that art gallery.
Matthew-Fuller Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing!!!!!!!
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