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Amazingly Creative Drawing Vs Photography

Drawing Vs Photography

This wonderful work has done by a very talented Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer Ben Heine. This creative artist was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He Studied graphic arts and sculpture and I also have a degree in journalism. Lets take a look at some of his awesome works that he calls “Drawing Vs Photography” or “Imagination Vs Reality”.

Drawing Vs Photography



444 thoughts on “Amazingly Creative Drawing Vs Photography”

  1. Wow – some of those are truly amazing. The four-eyed cat messes with my head – like my brain is convinced that I’m seeing double and it has to do something about it but can’t.

  2. Ken Josephson was doing this over 30 years ago while teaching at AIC. Probably the photographer/plagiarist (he/she) didn’t have a clue, or if they did, it makes it only worse.

  3. @ effik

    It looks like a mix of how they were done. Most of them look like they were photographed first, and then drawn on. Maybe not though. I’m just saying this because the boat with people in the boat canal one looks a little too convient unless it was all staged. Either way—these are still pretty neat.

  4. You go from 3rd person to 1st person in your copy (is it Ben Heine who has a degree in journalism?)

    Beautiful artwork!

  5. amazing, I stumbled on this and I think it’s one of the few sites it brought me to where I looked at each and every picture.
    @m are you saying no one can have the same idea? or use someone’s thoughts and build on them? that’s narrow minded. art is still art even if the concept is similar, unless he took the exact same pictures and used them, then it can be called plagiarism

  6. While I agree that these are amazing, they ARE shopped. You’ll notice if you pay attention to the hands & that the paper isn’t exactly shaded and that the lines are clearly not photographed. Still, pretty cool.

  7. The first one could work without, but the rest would require different focuses for the background and drawing (combined with Photoshop at a minimum, if not completely fabricated).

    Lighting on the hand doesn’t match with the scene, even though they did correct for colour in some pictures.

    So, most likely the pictures were taken, then the hand/drawings were shot in a studio and edited in.

  8. This is getting tired. Should we mention also that they involve a camera, a pencil, probably an eraser. I bet the camera also has a neck strap, why don’t neck straps get any love?

  9. The point is that he missed the point.

    In case you hadn’t noticed, iNNeRKaoS, all drawings are fake. That four-eyed cat isn’t real either.

    This is very interesting and an awesome break from all this crap-art I see. Just thank god no spaghetti-os were harmed in the making of this portfolo.

  10. Showed this to my kids and they ran out to take pictures and draw. This is the kind of art that makes my kids want to mess around with art — thanks!

  11. It’s Fake, I mean the drawings are cool, and perfectly fit, but the picture of the place is not taken with the drawing, it’s taken apart, the made the drawing then take a picture of a hand holding the drawing on top of the picture of the place.
    I can tell because the light/shading on the place is not the same as the one on the hand.

    But awesome drawings =3

    ~ ~ ~ ~ K a y ~ ~ ~ ~

  12. I wonder if these are derivative of “Paper Children” which are hand drawn paper cutouts that break the fourth wall. NSFW link:

    h t t p ://

  13. That charms and inspires. I admired the artworks. Your wonderful page taught me to appreciate more the creative work applauds the hot and sends best wishes. Thank you

  14. He never said that he was taking the photos and photos of the drawings all at the same time, just look at the work and appreciate it! its art, its fantastic, and its brilliant! Leave it at that. Great work Ben!

  15. its really cool but like someone else said, the drawings were done afterwards. especially in the moving shots like the one with the llamas etc. theres no way he could draw that and then get the animals back in the exact position he needed long enough to snap a pic. i think some were taken with his hand holding blank paper, and others had the whole hand edited in.

  16. well,

    Amazingly Creative Drawing Vs Photography? i don’t really see how this can be creative when u start by drawing on your photographs.. then amazing… sorry, have you learned how to fill a drawing with a crayon? i guess i never had a drawing teacher before (no mater for that but before telling that ur work is amazing try to take look around)

    (sorry i didn’t like ur stuff at all so…)

    to end, u should do something for the lights. it look so fake that i’m not even able to enjoy the intention.

    PS: one last thing. if you try once to be creative, don’t still banksy’s ideas 😉
    (ex: woman, painting, gaz mask) YO

    PSII: sorry 4 my english, frenchies…

  17. cool idea but its not really photography if they are photoshopped together. Some of the drawings are really cool. Would be a cool concept to use in music videos and movie trailers!

  18. This is AMAZING! Expecioly the one of the Little Prince in the snow. I don’t know if any one else made the connection but that pretty much just made my night.

  19. That looks like MLK at the far right of the black and white photo with all the people and the smiley faces drawing.

  20. i thought these were just amazing till i realized there fake. the hands are the same in some pictures. Disappointed? Yes.

  21. Well Balls.
    That Was Some Incredible Shit right there.
    Like Dayyumm.
    Then these Homies tryn comment all this shit bout be nice.
    What the Hell?!
    This Shit be off the chain….them bitches aint got no clue

    Well Anyways.
    What Beautiful ways you captured these delightful moments in time!

  22. Nice)))
    я одна из первых из Росси)))

  23. eu nao costei dessas fotos eu amei elas…………………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. I think its all photo-shopped. Meaning the guy took a picture of his hand holding a sketch drawing against a white wall or background…then cut and pasted that picture onto these various photos that he already had taken. Still creative though.

  25. your site may have cool photos and art but i just stayed long enough to tell you that i hate your ads and cant stand to stay and look at your stuff.

  26. Hi!
    My name is Amanda and I´m the international coordinator for Indie Rocks! magazine in Mexico City. We looked at the drawing vs publicity works and we loved them. Is there a way we can get an interview for the magazine of the author?
    Any information you could give us, we will be really thankful.

  27. creative and all too bad it is faked because look at the hand where the 4 eyed cat is, and where the building with 8 spheres is because you can see the shadow of the hand but i still give mad props to this

  28. Anyone who says this is fake is just dumb. Most of these are photos that have already been shot and developed, and then the artist does his drawing overtop the photo. So, you saw a shadow of his hand? Well duh, because his shadow is really there!!! As is his hand, and the

  29. Of course they’re not being held up against the real thing, but the drawings are still so amazing and creative! Love the demon and the God in the sky!

  30. Does the cat have two eyes or four? My friends are laughing at me because I can see four eyes but they say there’s only two?! I NEED GLASSES! agggh.

  31. Who cares if it’s photoshoped. It’s very creative and I like it. Oh, and by the way, all art is a con, so get over it!

  32. I think the two eyes/four eyes one is a cat’s face with a wolf/like mask on top of it (follow the nose).

  33. These are great.
    I’ve been seeing these images around the web and think they are just fantastic.
    They remind me of the music video for “take on me” by A-ha
    So much fun.

  34. whoever said art is a con is repugnant and has obviously never realized how much time and dedication it takes to become an artist of any type. i play music for a living…. dick.

  35. Wow ! absolutely creative and i really love it ! If you ever have any interest exhibit in Czech Republic i am here for you !


  36. These drawings are amazing and i love how theyre put into the photos like that…awesome stuff.

  37. Kinda wonder why everyone thinks every single fucking thing is photoshopped. Lol. Great work, I love it!

  38. That’s was so amazing it was some of the cooliest drawings i’ve ever seen and i would like those at my museum to publish them

  39. I love it. I can’t stop looking at all the amazing photos or.. eh, drawings… or …. COOL!

  40. Being a photographer I can tell you these were not taken in one frame, someone has taken the photo, drawn the background and taken a photo of their hand with the drawing then photo shopped them together.

    Still very creative, just think it’s not telling people the full truth.

  41. Thanks Will- I was wondering how he got everything to line up….especially with the donkeys…because animals move around and you can’t make them stand in perfect position!
    Very awesome though!

  42. i think this is cool, had a few ideas come from this. one would be, when you set first to a piece of paper and the other idea of having a piece of paper with a drawing of a piece of paper. this idea is abit of a question challenge to, how do you get a drawn piece of paper to set alight with out setting alight to the origanal edging of the real piece, i was thinking of cutting a V shape so that the corner of the drawn on is a folding corner and site light to that and take a quick photo before it reaches the origanal, this could be useful for drawing a cave with a person with a torch . i was also thinking about video versions of your picture, draw a flip book and film it with all links connected it would look like someone crossing the road or jumping and it lines up with the background. would be fun.

  43. If it were me and I somehow wanted to “fake” the illusion, I would’ve just pictured my hand IN the scene with a blank piece of paper… then photoshopped the drawing… that would have been harder to detect.

  44. I absolutely love this. Its a blend of imagination and real life. Kind of like a kids dream come true. As a kid I remember imagining the impossible, like flying over my school or walking on my hands across the playground jungle gym. Ben Heine makes it happen with this fabulous blend.

    I will follow on to see what else he creates. Thanks for sharing this Tabi.

  45. I wonder how this was done. The pictures line up PERFECTLY. Almost like the pics were taken and then the drawings were traced.

    But then there’s the hand in the pics, with proper shading/lighting, which would have stood out of this was done like that. So – I wonder how this was done.

  46. Amazing!!!
    I noticed you have your name on your pictures. Could you please give me a clue how to get that. I’m new to painting and would like to have my name on my works.
    Thanks a lot!

  47. So I’m trying to figure out how these were done, and I think I might have figured it out, although PLEASE correct me if I’m mistaken. It seems that the majority of the images are actually a combination of a photo of a scene, a photo of a hand holding a piece of paper, and then the art that is portrayed on the piece of paper. If I had to take a guess at how its done, I would say that the first picture is taken, followed by a picture of the hand and piece of paper. These two images would then be imported into photoshop, where the picture of the hand is then isolated, cropped (very well I might add) and then placed over the other image at the desired location. This version would then be printed out, drawn on, and then scanned back in to produce the images seen here. This is a guess, and in my mind probably the easiest method in which to produce these results.

  48. i think that is amazing!!!!!!! im going to try to do that but just without the hand because that would be hard and i dont like my hand in the dang picture!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. pretty cool stuff. i am in school for graphic design right now and we are just starting to play with Photoshop. these are really impressive.

  50. I absolutely love this. I have often tried to make my drawings appear like they could be part of a real life scene. I LOVE HOW YOU DID THIS!!!!!! 🙂

  51. This seems partially photoshopped but still pure talent.

    Most likely scenario for resulting image:

    Camera photography with blank ripped white paper
    +Camera photography without hand and paper for background reference
    Artist drawn picture to match background with artistic additions

    Photoshop highlighted the paper area, contracted 5-10 pixels, feathered 2 or 3. then pasted the image in. I only say feather / contract because all the images have edges that are fading into the edge….something not easy to do by hand. …for all images…for all the edges to have a certain pixel length as a border.

  52. I absolutely love everything about this. It’s dramatically creative and not to mention far more intricate in it’s technicality. Real talent! Keep up the fabulous work!!

  53. its cool but it would have been very impresive if instead of putting the hand and derawing on top of a picture, it would have been in a real place at a real moment…but, besides that, great imagination¡

  54. “[…] it’s not telling people the full truth.”
    –Will, 6 May 2011

    That the works resist proclaiming the truth is what makes them all the more brilliant. The works are not presumptuous enough to assume that they are in a position to reveal truth. They conceal truth by the very fact that the drawings hide the reality behind the sheets of paper, and in that act conceal their own truth of their process.

    An amazingly creative title might do more to set the stage for the complexity of collection. Also, the person who has “a degree in journalism” (Tabi, I’m assuming) and who wrote the blurb below it should practice more careful proofreading so that the pictures are given the full justice they deserve.

  55. with the drawings done AFTER the photographs of pieces of torn paper it’s alot easier than what its appears to be

  56. That’s totally brilliant! I have done similar projects with kids in schools teaching them to draw the other side of magazines, but this brings it to a whole new level! It is almost an optical illusion, since it totally looks like the drawings are done first. It would take someone who understands photographing paper, to comprehend that the charcoal in the drawings would reflect light in different ways. Very cool work, I will pass it along!

  57. Man these are soooooo good. I love them. I’m really getting into stumbleupon, where I found this. I’m going to post your work all over the net and share your creative genius.


  58. THIS IS freakingly awesome dude I adore ur drawing really u r a pro ”bro” 😉

  59. These are absolutely amazing, I’m very impressed. You are very talented thank you for sharing this with the web!


  60. Wooow.. Amazing lines!! And the idea just kicked some other jobs out there.. Really impressed!! Congrats.. =0)

  61. I just wont to know if you can save this note.
    why cant you leave the same pitchures on this website.
    I like this website because you can look at pitchures.
    why can you text me back.

  62. Inspiring. I am not one you is interested in photography but I love art and sketching. This takes two beautiful concepts and makes them one. Keep it up!

  63. WOW! Amazing work. The blend of sketch and photography is wonderful. I have never seen anything like this before. The great talent needed to keep the proper depth perception was just incredible!

  64. Красивые картинки!!!! Привет США!!!

  65. Yeah, great. But your title sux…. you are taking photos which include illustration! Where would you be without photography…. you bagger of photos you.

    But really cool photos all the same.

  66. Truly inspiring. They are breathtaking pieces of art that are original and one-of-a-kind. As a young artist, I draw inspiration from everything I see, and this is definitely something I’ll remember. 🙂

  67. i am a high school art teacher and would love to do a project like this that combines photography and drawing. Would you share the steps you take to create these images?

  68. These are brilliant, really well made.

    I just didn’t get what the picture with the fetus attached to the girl’s head was supposed to represent… disturbing…

  69. I love how you can stubmle across these by accident and be utterly inspired by his creativity… Art that puts things in perspectiveis definitely one of my favourite kinds.
    Thanks for sharing.

  70. Just want to say how much I admire and love your artwork. Saw it on flickr a while back and its lovely to see it again. Amazing!

  71. coud you help me how you worked on the phto , are you ferst time drweing by hand the helf photo and after tacken an phot on your work with reginale work?

  72. I can’t believe how amazing this is, you are so talented! Such a unique idea and awesome..honestly >< I love it!

  73. Love this idea of visual interaction between real life and imagination!

    Hope there’s more to come.

  74. These are amazing. The sketches themselves are perfect, and the photography is great as well. The combination is striking.

    I hope you do gallery shows, and if you don’t, START NOW!


  75. I am a good artist too. i did something like that when i was about 20. i am trying to do it again on my baby.

  76. Amazing work and so much creativity in the artist. The drawings speak.

    loved the Mario-land picture the best. Amazing!!

  77. I dont know if anyone noticed, but the only images in that whole collection that are not composited is

    the rest are studio lit hands with drawings composited of the original photographs, meaning the drawings are traced pretty much. just go back and look, youll see what i mean if you didn’t notice.

    im not saying its fun idea our its badly done, just something that you may not have noticed.

  78. Very talented and amazing work. I would like to put a Bill Ozz sound track to it in Final Cut pro and send it to you and see what you think.

  79. Fabulous drawings my favourite is the one with the chids view of My House. Very thought provoking to see the world through different eyes.

  80. These are lovely, especially Le Petit Prince. Call me a part pooper, but I can’t help but feel that some are computer drawn or the hand is photoshopped into an existing photo… because they’re sooooo perfect. If they’re all genuinely pencil drawn, then that is a huge compliment.

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  82. Love the concept of combining a drawing within a photo. I especially like the ones where the paper drawing is burning up. You have the best of both worlds. Digital is great, when someone knows how to use it.

  83. Absolutly stunning, I wish I could do this, this could be so cool to have pictures like this around a room like taking pics of the walls and drawing these pictures and then putting up pictures like this up on the wall after

    I dont know I just think that that would be really cool

  84. This is freaking Awesome! Wish I could get creative work like this to share on my own digital magazine website.x

  85. Wonderful work! One of the most creative, skilled and unique displays of artwork I’ve seen in a long time. Keep up the good work! God bless and thank you for sharing your art with us.

    aka anitalite

  86. cool i do this some times but thier terrible and + thier only stick figuers and i’ve only done them 3 times during classes

  87. What an incredible display of pencil vs photography. I want to know more about how it was done because these are truly artistic pieces of work. Very impressive!

    Did they take a photo of the torn up pieces of paper first and then draw them in or did they draw it first and then take a photo whilst holding the paper. The first option would be the easier method I guess.

    It just amazes me how you can get one scenario and put a bit of a blank canvas over it then create it into whatever you want. Excellent! Thank you for sharing this.

  88. Great finds all. Amazing how every time I find a site that collects them, there seem to be more. Always nice to see these two things mixed together, and brought to a new kind of art form.

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