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April 19, 2010
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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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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  Student General Artist
ohh i love this one :dalove:

"El miedo da vida"
xoxored Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the eye ;)
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