Artist of the Day – Painter Ben Heine

| April 25, 2012 | 0 Comments
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About the famous artist Pencil Vs Camera – Belgian painter Ben Heine. has chosen artist Ben Heine today as he has been buzzing around the internet with his Pencil Vs Camera pictures which are rather fun.  So are some more pictures just in case you have not come across the Belgian painter yet.

Below is an extract from Ben Heine’s website

“Pencil Vs Camera” mixes drawing and photography, imagination and reality. It’s a new visual concept invented and initiated by Ben Heine in 2010. It’s full of magic, illusion, poetry and surrealism. Ben published his first “Pencil Vs Camera” image in April 2010 but the series is the result of a long graphic exploration and a logic consequence of his personal artistic development. Ben usually integrates an inventive hand made drawing in front of a realistic background. There are several methods to achieve the same effect (see “Interviews” for more info). Ben’s hand is always clearly visible; it represents the close connection between the viewer, the artist and the artwork. The drawing is always in black and white while the photo is often very colorful, this amplifies the contrast between the two mediums. In this series, Ben likes to focus on people’s life, portraits, nature, animals, architecture… Among others, the main themes approached in “Pencil Vs Camera” are: Love, Freedom, After Life, Friendship and Nature. Ben says: “I just make art for people. I want them to dream and forget their daily troubles. I used to write poems many years ago, I want to convey a poetic and philosophical meaning into my pictures, each new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody”. Because of their originality and the visual innovations Ben brought in his artworks, this series has had a huge impact on the graphic design community and has generated several buzz on the Internet.

How does he make it…. Ben explains further, “There are four ways that I produce my work,” explained Ben. “There is the traditional way, which is to simply draw the picture and hold out your hand with the scenery behind it. With this method I always remember that there has to be a contrast between your imagination and the reality of the photo. The second way is slightly different in that I print a very large picture of a background scenery and then place this on the wall and hold the drawing up to it. This gives me time to re-touch my work during and after. The third is to take a picture of my hand holding the drawing and then digitally match them up with a totally different background that I have photographed. I do not follow that particular method often. And the fourth and final way is to use the computer to create a digital background and add a digitally drawn picture to the scene.”

To Read more about Ben Heine


About the Video

Some of Ben’s Pencil Vs Camera works in progress with a small animation at the beginning (and at the end) and an original/experimental musical composition he made in Ableton Live (titled “Haha”). If you don’t want to see the short animated introduction, you can jump to 1:16 where the sketches in progress start… Or if you liked the animation, you can jump to 5:50 to see another one.



That cat above is making me see double! How strange, good optical illusion.

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