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Pencil Vs Camera

Journal Entry: Wed May 19, 2010, 7:29 AM
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This is my new project. I'll be making several
new images of this type in the coming weeks.
Here below is what I've already done
and an interview for Newslite.tv


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Drawing in A Drawing by BenHeine



How did you come up with the idea for Pencil Vs Camera?

I've been taking photos and drawing since almost 10 years. This « Pencil Vs Camera » series is nothing but the result of several years of graphic exploration and a logic consequence of my artistic evolution. But the real idea came by coincidence while I was watching television and writing a letter at the same time a few weeks ago. Reading my letter before putting it in the envelope, I saw in transparency the television behind the paper. I then realize it would be great to make something similar in a single image showing 2 different actions.

I went outside and Drew « Pencil Vs Camera  1 » which is very simple and shows 2 chairs with a small table. About ¼ of the scene is represented on the paper, the other ¾ happens on the photo.  So this is roughly how the project started. In my other « Pencil Vs Camera » images, I tried to introduce weird elements on the paper (such as dinosaurs, ufo's, double pair of eyes…) to contrast with the realism of the photo.

How do you pick the photos you use?

The photos and drawings always come from my own stock/production. I  somehow consider the surface of the image as a battle between drawing and photography and the tools of this fight are my « pencil » and my « camera ». So I usually choose photos with a striking subject and a specific action. It can also be nice to use a background scenery with a very simple or low semantic effect and make everything happen inside the small piece of paper.

The great thing is that photo and drawing are 2 different ways of expression but they go well together and they definitely have the same purpose: share an idea, an emotion, a concept or a message.

How do you pick what to add

There are no rules. There mustn't be. Imagination and creativity are the leitmotif. This is why this series is so amusing to do for me. You can choose to draw something in a realistic way or to rather go crazy. I personally prefer to show unreal things on the paper because the photo is a mere reflection of the world we live in.

I noticed that representing a strong perspective on the paper (for instance in Pencil Vs Camera 4 or 8) gives a good illusion and generates a nice visual impact when it matches the main lines of the background scenery. It is very exciting for the viewer to ignore what's really behind the paper. It is clear for me that it really is the battle between drawing and photography that is the whole message and purpose of the series.

What are your favourites so far?

I don't really have favourites. I let the viewer decide what he prefers and I'm only thinking about my next projects.

What reaction have you had to them?

This series has had a very positive outcome. I really didn't expect that. I'm very happy of the good feedbacks I've received from all over the world. I think and I hope this technique will become a new form of expression for everybody because there is so much to express with this kind of visual work. So good luck!

(I was interviewed by Simon Crisp the 27th of April)

PS: Please, don't pay too much attention to my
oldest deviations, I must delete many of them.
I just didn't find the time yet.


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rossete139 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love ur drawings
I never saw such intresting drawings that are in an awesome picture . Its just grate what your doing .. I tryd to make 1 two. But I coudnt do it as beautiful as u did .
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DeniseEsposito Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
Hey! I'm at the bowling of my town right now ..And I saw they hanged some of your pencil vs. camera series on the wall! I was wondering since I live near Rome,did someone ask you for the permission to print them?
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creativemikey Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
make a group from this please
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kad007 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
I love pencil vs camera. Great work. You should make a reality T.V. show that follows you around the globe for pencil vs camera and record the interactions as you work.
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iMaryoomah Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
OMG:heart: :D This is amazing Its Creative.. Loved the idea :)
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cybergranny Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting works.
You're one of the most creative artist of DA!
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QuellaCheNonSei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful Idea and wonderful realization. I like these photos very much!
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smileys-4-eva Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love these pictures... they. Are. Awesome! Oh... and how did you get the thumbs in your journal entry? It never works for me. >.<
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MissLoungegirl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
:D love it
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gizbear Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Writer
this is the coolest thing ever. :heart:
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InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I love the idea! I will take a look later ^_^
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quicksilverq Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
I absolutely love your work, it's the kind of thing that makes me jealous for not thinking of it first:lol: I am very curious as to how you manage to fit the drawing to the picture so perfectly. I mean the scale must be perfect I guess and the placement in the air as well.
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dancewiththesky Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Pecil augmented reality? Looks great.
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sketcherstud Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd love to get a book full of these. Amazing work!
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adamalien Featured By Owner May 23, 2010   General Artist
very creative collection aldo funny and enjoyable =)
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HeatherWaller-Rivet Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
origianl series love it
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Fr4gster Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
I love this :)
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NotablePhotography Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
As always Ben you talent shines through!

Melody
:tunes:
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BenHeine Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I honestly think, this are one of the most original and fascinated work you've ever had come up with! Gosh! Keep up with you awesome work, Ben! :D
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BenHeine Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
thank you my friend
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcomes!! :iconichigoonigiri:
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hishadfullofclouds Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
I really enjoy your 'pencil vs work's. It is so original and not suprising that spreading these works all over the world :)
you should develop this working in fact you may be create some new things. who knows..
I want to say that, you have created a nev ''movement'' :) I am very serious, this is not joke :peace:
I wish your success will go on..
Congragulations..
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BenHeine Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks for this. I don't know yet how it's going to evolve but I'd be happy if it adds a new dimension in visual communication :)
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
will there be a video or a long running slideshow?
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
not yet, soon hopefully!
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crgriffith Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
Oh my goodness this series is incredible! :heart:
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BenHeine Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
:heart: thanks!!
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lostNyetjoyful Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
I absolutely LOVE this series! It's so original and fun, and your drawings are outstanding! I love your style :) Keep up the good work! :D
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BenHeine Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
thank you
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Ann-NL Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Student Photographer
Keep up the nice work :)
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BenHeine Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
thank you
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Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
As expected .. excellent ideas !
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BenHeine Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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pavlovsnautilus Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
these are wonderful! the drawings and the photos line up so perfectly; do you edit them in any way, or are you just that good? :)
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Mehranmahmoudi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Ben!
Good For Your Mind!
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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emey Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Dear BEN, IN SIMPLE WORDS YOU ARE TRULY A MASTERMIND ARTIST WITH ALL NEW IDEAS AND SKILLS.:peace:
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow, thx
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ONEANDAhalfMEN Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
well done ben,great to see something dif and well planned.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
many thanks
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Reveena Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gratz.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks a lot
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Reveena Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime
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ahmedyousri Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
you are amazing!!
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks so much,
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Simounet Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Une excellente série ! L'idée est très bonne, tout comme la réalisation ! :worship:
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
merci Simon
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mingu444 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can always count on you for something innovative and unique. Keep blazing those artistic trails! ^-^
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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