Pencil vs Camera blurs line between reality and whimsy


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Ben Heine's amazing Pencil vs Camera series artfully blends photographs and drawings.

Ben Heine is a magician.

Like David Blaine and Criss Angel before him, he has a special talent for blurring the line between reality and fiction. But instead of utilizing sleight of hand or his indomitable will to delight his audience, Heine keeps it simple by using just a pencil and camera to create his illusions.

Heine’s incredible art series Pencil vs Camera combines gorgeous landscapes and city scenes with hand-sketched drawings. The otherworldly images that result are both whimsical and intriguing, with a bit of mind-bending magic thrown in for perspective.

“I always try to express what I’m feeling,” Heine told Cult of Mac, noting that most of his inspiration for drawings come “mainly from people around me — friends, family, even strangers — and from every experience I live.”

This Picture Of Steve Jobs Gives Me The Creeps


Thou Shalt Have No Other Tech Gods Before You But Me

Alright, maybe to you this amazing “Digital Circlism” portrait is pretty freaking awesome, but it gives me the willies. There’s something weird about having Steve Jobs blast me with his death stare in a mosaic-esque picture. Like he’s God or something. Maybe he is. Regardless of whether it’s creepy or straight up bomb diggity, we think think this portrait of Steve Jobs is actually pretty rad.

Its creator, Ben Heine, has created a series of portraits like this one using a technique he calls Digital Circlism. It’s a synthesis of Pop Art and Pointillism that uses digital tools and flat circles to recreate celebrity portraits.