Pencil Drawings Blends Imagination and Reality
Belgian multidisciplinary visual artist Ben Heine‘s artistic evolution has been a long process, but its ultimate destination seems to have always been determined. Growing up in the Ivory Coast, he would live there for 7 years with his family before moving to Brussels. It was a child that Ben would learn to communicate his emotions — his fears, his hopes, his energy — through the visual arts, and he would begin a lifelong journey with pencil drawings and paintings. Pencil drawings forced into real photographs which blends as a real scene and the drawing. It really seems like it is part of the real picture.
But his academic training would come in the field of Journalism. His studies and love of communication would lead him to learn six different languages, and he continued to develop his methods of interacting with people. His education would not suit him as a vocation however, with Ben continually finding himself drawn back to the visual arts. Soon things began to click, with his work more and more being featured in exhibitions at notable art galleries. In the series we bring you today, Pencil vs. Camera, Ben mixes drawing and photography, blending the lines between imagination and reality. A perfect addition to his practice of communicating through art, his pieces blend the viewer’s world with Ben’s artwork. For more of Ben’s creations, visit his website or flickr page.