Pencilled in: Artist turns camera images into surreal landscapes with his sketchpad

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:31 PM on 10th February 2011

Seamlessly matching sketching with real life settings these remarkable and colourful images are known as 'Pencil Vs Camera'.

Created this year by Belgian artist Ben Heine, the surreal and amusing images include a panda sitting in front of an ocean view and a car split in half with the registration plate 'Half Real'.

Mr Heine, 27, is self taught in photography and drawing and has already produced over 40 of his Pencil Vs Camera series.  

X-ray effect: A horse becomes half see-through in this picture, which is part of artist Ben Heine's Pencil Vs Camera series

X-ray effect: A horse becomes half see-through in this picture, which is part of artist Ben Heine's Pencil Vs Camera series

Now he intends to push that number up to 100 over the coming year.

Originally using a Nikon D70, a pencil and simple A3 and A4 paper to bring his art to life, Ben has expanded his techniques to include different methodology.

'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.

Toxic: Johannes Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring sprouts a gas mask with the aid of Heine's sketchpad. The artist has produced over 40 of these composite drawings in this series so far

Toxic: Johannes Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring sprouts a gas mask with the aid of Heine's sketchpad. The artist has produced over 40 of these composite drawings in this series so far

'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 is to use the computer to create a digital background and add a digitally drawn picture to the scene.

'You have to have exceptional painting skills for this.'  

Lonely: A panda sits in front of an ocean view. The Belgian creator of these images says there has to be a 'contrast between your imagination and the reality of the photo' for the best results

Lonely: A panda sits in front of an ocean view. The Belgian creator of these images says there has to be a 'contrast between your imagination and the reality of the photo' for the best results

Only discovering his art form at the beginning of 2010, Ben is excited by the possibilities  

'It is a very exciting way for me to express myself as there is no limit,' said Ben.

'Everything is possible and the only boundary is my own perception of the world.

'The original idea was to confront drawing and photography as a battling contrast.

'Now that idea is a peaceful combination of the two mediums which I think is more interesting.

'It is peaceful and powerful.

'I now intend to produce detailed and technical forms of this.'  

Split reality: A car split in half with the apt registration plate 'Half Real'. Heine originally used a Nikon D70, a pencil and simple A3 and A4 paper to bring his art to life

Split reality: A car split in half with the apt registration plate 'Half Real'. Heine originally used a Nikon D70, a pencil and simple A3 and A4 paper to bring his art to life

Exhibited across Belgium, Ben is excited to finish Pencil Vs Camera.

'I've several other ideas and I'm just waiting for Pencil Vs Camera to come to an end.

'And of course I hope my forthcoming projects will generate as much curiosity as Pencil Vs Camera.'

 

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