Illusions of Ben Heine

Illusions of Ben Heine

January 18, 2014

The contemporary Belgian artist Ben Heine recently introduced a series of huge 3D drawings made in pencil. The highlight of the project is that the visualization master himself is not averse to penetrating "inside" of virtual reality. At least, looking at the pictures, it is this impression.

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In all the works, Ben Heine demonstrates his ability to erase the line between the painted image and the existing reality. Sketchy pencil sketches can look so organically against the background of color photographs that viewers perceive them as an integral part of the image, and 3D-drawings do look like a parallel world.

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Funny 3D-pictures created on a large sheet of paper attached to the cyclorame, design, allowing you to create a smooth transition between the horizontal and vertical planes.

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The deceptive impression of three-dimensionality is enhanced when we see the artist himself, repulsing the barrel of a pistol directed at him, or holding a tiger on a leash.

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Ben draws the sketches by hand, in a continuous line, using gray leads and graphite pencils. Then the work is carefully retouched.It takes an artist about a week to complete one drawing.

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The artist uses a rather interesting technique called anamorphosis. It requires the viewer to look at these pictures from a certain angle, only then he sees the full effect. Pictures may look slightly distorted from another position.

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The canvases begin like regular pencil sketches, then Ben adds shading and shadows with gray leads. For large dark areas, Ben uses about fifteen pencils and three dark gray slate. He makes large parts and shading with thick leads, and draws small details with pencils. Since both are made of carbon, they are perfectly combined with each other.

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Artist Ben Heine was born in 1983 in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), and now lives and works in Brussels. He is not only a talented illustrator, but also a polyglot: fluent in English, French and Dutch, and also speaks a little Polish, Spanish and Russian. Exhibitions of his works are held in Belgium, Britain, Romania, France, Canada, USA, Germany, Brazil, Spain and Palestine.

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