ben heine: pencil vs. camera
ben heine: pencil vs. camera
may 25, 2011

ben heine: pencil vs. camera

‘pencil vs. camera’ by ben heine image © ben heine

‘pencil vs. camera’ by ivory coast-born brussels-based photographer ben heine is a series of images that inject hand-drawn pictures within real-life settings to create a composite effect that is often surreal and highly narrative. manipulating the backdrop to host added elements such as real-life tetris blocks, floating speech bubbles, and an alcoholic panda, the photographs are an exercise in manual photoshop, always including heine’s hand which holds up the sketched piece of paper in the foreground. 

alarmingly accurate and crisply focused, the series puts great care in the alignment and perspective required to successfully pull off the optical illusion. heine creates seemingly effortless snapshots that are highly imaginative and contextual.

ben heine: pencil vs. camera image © ben heine

ben heine: pencil vs. camera image © ben heine

ben heine: pencil vs. camera image © ben heine

ben heine: pencil vs. camera image © ben heine

ben heine: pencil vs. camera image © ben heine

ben heine: pencil vs. camera image © ben heine

ben heine: pencil vs. camera image © ben heine

ben heine: pencil vs. camera image © ben heine

ben heine: pencil vs. camera image © ben heine

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  • Nice illustrations, but the hand and sketch are all photoshopped in afterwards. Neither the depth of field, nor the exposure and colour balance are consistent between the hand and paper, and the original photograph.

    anon says:
  • Very nice.
    Who cares if the hand and sketch is photoshopped afterwards. It’s the concept and what the drawing brings to the photo that is the issue here !!!

    Jean-Pierre Pérusse says:
  • It is super well done, really good style.
    Love it.

    Joen S. Myrtue says:
  • I think it is impossible to do without any computer, or if so how many hours these guys had to spend to make those pictures looking so natural?

    [url=] Landscaper [/url] says:
  • Interesting concept (a play on Artificial Reality), but tacky drawings.

    billy says:
  • It reminds me of “sleevefacing”, although I would think this type of composite artwork existed much before that pasttime 🙂

    Sophia Flowers says:
  • I love this!

    JessieB says:
  • sweet.

    Ghostieman says:
  • Nice work .,. love it.,.

    Roshan says:
    good work

    ADD says:
  • a bit kitschy, don’t u think so?

    donno says:
  • These images are magnificent

    Vedette says:
  • *sniff* Sorry just wiping a tear there…

    copernicus says:
  • incredible art, can’t imagine before…. says:
  • [url=] stopfake [/url]

    Vitali says:
  • Muy hermoso, excelente……

    Giselle says:
  • Wow~♥

    Ju Yeon Son says:

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