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July 20, 2013
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Focal Length
28 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 18, 2013, 2:47:06 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
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Pencil Vs Camera - 73 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 73 by BenHeine
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This really speaks with the shadowing that you did versus what a camera sees. The detail on the pencil side is divine int the fact that it looks so realistic while at the same time retaining the look of being on paper. It also looks like you are looking in a mirror at yourself from two different views; the colorful view and the black and white. In the end you are one in the same and although both outlooks are different in many aspects they are still the same soul. Also there are limitations on both sides. With a camera you are only allowed what what the lens can see versus what you can do with a pencil and vis versa. The camera can bring out more than the pencil can even begin to achieve.
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this picture seems to takes things to perfection.
drawing and photography are fitting seamlessly. the direction the light comes from is the same on human and portrait. the perfect symmetry of the two-dimensional background, the exact same size the real and the fake man have. the only imperfections are planned: the sketch-like shadowing of the pencil-human, in order to stress the contrast between reality and paper-fiction. the detail and pattern of the persons hat, for instance, are missing in the drawn version. the strong, red color of the pencil reappears in the shoes, contrasting the grayscale-drawing. like a yin and yang, where yin contains a part of yang and vice versa, the sketch-person is the one holding the camera and the man the one, with the pencil in his hands. also, like a yin and yang, this pictures symbolizes completeness: the sketch, as a representative of all art-forms, carried by the human mind and accomplished by a forming, drawing hand, is nothing but the raw form of more complex descendants of its kind, such as a painting, where oftentimes color is included, a sculpture, with its three-dimensionality, or more modern ones like digital paintings, or animated cartoons, if motion and time are added. photography, on the other side of the spectrum, receives the impressions an environment offers, instead of actively forming it. it's the photographer, who has to discover the beauty that's already existing. although, especially in modern days, many in-betweens exist, this picture can be seen as a metaphor for the constant breathing in and breathing out of visiual arts: a metaphor for shaping, as for receiving, for building and for seeing, for creating and for enjoying, for selling and for consuming. a metaphor for art.
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WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I love how far you've taken this Pencil v. versus Camera concept and how it keeps working for you - each piece in this series tells a different story yet remains within the confines of the original concept... Brilliant!
OlanrewajuOluwayomi Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Nice job
KaLa89 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work! I love the concept!
RMH13 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
you are great ;)
DarkCrystal26 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You were the one who drew this?? I have seen this before, on another social media sight! I love this so much. I always thought it was cool and I hope to draw this good someday!! :)
seadragon123 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME!!!!!   :D
miiworld Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
This is why I love art. They surprise people, taking them to whole new heights. :)
UnicornCat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
EdwardoElric Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
WHOA. This. Is so awesome, the pencil is smooth, the shading is superb, and just. Whoa. I love the camera! 
anfawe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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