Ben Heine’s Circlism and Pencil vs Camera

Posted in Uncategorized on August 14th, 2010 by Alice – 2 Comments

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Bob Marley - Circlism by Ben Heine

Bob Marley - Circlism by Ben Heine

I came across this portrait of Bob Marley on Flickr. I jumped right over to the albums of Ben Heine and was excited by what I saw. His Flickr site is filled with over 1,300 images ranging  from digital portraits to illustrations, including photography and surrealism.

Ben  is a Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer. He was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and is currently living and working in Brussels.

To quote Ben, ”What exactly is (Digital) Circlism ? This is a modern artistic expression, a mix between Pop Art and Pointillism. It is made with digital tools (this is just a personal definition).”

Self Portrait - Circlism - Ben Heine

Self Portrait - Circlism - Ben Heine

Ben went on to say, “In my opinion, the most important thing to focus on before starting that kind of project is to understand the dynamic movement of someone’s face. I usually apply each digital circle individually on a black background with a sharp round brush in Photoshop CS4 (it could be any other graphics creation software).”

“I usually make bigger circles in the lighter areas of the subject and smaller circles in the darker places. This gives more volume and a 3D illusion. There is no limit, it’s a new technique and I think there is much more to do with it.”

She is My Mona Lisa - Digital Circlism by Ben Heine

She is My Mona Lisa - Digital Circlism by Ben Heine

The other interesting thing that Ben is doing is called Pencil vs Camera. I  really enjoy these photo/drawings and know you will too.

Pencil vs Camera - 25

Pencil vs Camera - 25 - Ben Heine

Ben said in an interview for Newslite.tv, “I’ve been taking photos and drawing since almost 10 years. This “Pencil Vs Camera” series is nothing but the result of several years of graphic exploration and a logic consequence of my artistic evolution. But the real idea came while I was watching television and writing a letter at the same time a few weeks ago. Reading my letter before putting it in the envelope, I saw in transparency the television behind the paper. I then realize it would be great to make something similar in a single image showing 2 different actions.”

Pencil vs Camera - 4 - Ben Heine

Pencil vs Camera - 4 - Ben Heine

You can see all of Ben’s work on his flickr site and you can contact him at benheine@theartistery.com

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Sculptural Artist Andrew Myers’ Leap of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment
Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

Andrew Myers has been artistically influenced by european life and culture. He was born in Braunshweig, Germany and raised in Ciudad Real, Spain.

At age 20, Andrew attended the Art Institute of Southern California, now known as Laguna College of Art and Design, after which he put his faith in his art and began to work as a full time artist. His personal “Leap of Faith”

A reminder to all of us to just begin. My favorite quote is,

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, Begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.”  Goethe

Idea Roadblock

Idea Roadblock

Andrew’s subjects matter certainly makes the viewer pause for reflection. Little snippets of the life of every-man-woman.

The Idea Roadblock resonates for me  as just out of reach, that inspirational idea that I can almost touch, but I need to stretch just a bit more, just past my comfort zone. Knowing I might fail, but still taking that “Leap of Faith”, just beginning “it”.

Oh Life's Unexpected Moments

Oh Life's Unexpected Moments

Oh, Life’s Unexpected Moments. – Just when I think I have everything balanced, the unexpected happens and sends me flying.  It happens to us all from time to time, it is the way of the world. But then before I know it, I’m right back there stretching for the new idea and taking another leap of faith.

Life's Deconstruction Phase 2

Life's Deconstruction Phase 2

The blend of modern material with classical figurative techniques featuring  universal subject matter are prevalent throughout his work. He uses, among other media, bronze and cement in his sculpture and in his drawings, rice paper, charcoal, stains, wood finishes.

To learn more about this thoughtful Artist you can begin with this wonderful interview in this PDF of the Fall 2008 issue of Sculptural Pursuit. There are many pieces of his in this interview that aren’t on his website. But do take time to visit and explore more of his interesting sculptures and drawings on his website.

Thanks to Tejae Floyde for suggesting Andrew Myers’ art.

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Figurative Artist – Sculptor and Painter – Angela Munslow

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Here is a lady that can inspire us all. Angela Munslow is from the UK, and is an accomplished Sculptor and Painter. She finished studies in figurative sculpture in 1992. She exhibits widely in the UK and her work can be found in private collections worldwide.

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This Profile was on Manchester M Channel Zeitgeist in April 2008


2005 Digital Imagry, Stoke-on-Trent College, Burslem


2002 The Foyer, Knight and Sons Solicitors

2002 The Gallery, Newcastle Museum and Art Gallery

2001 Oswestry Heritage and Exhibition Centre

1993 Harmony, Chelsea Flower Show

1993 Harmony, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

1993 Harmony, Southport Flower Show

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Figurative Artists Wanted

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

My interest in the figure is never ending. I have experimented with many different materials to make my figures and have worked in polymer clay, soft sculpture, and mixed media for years.

But my interest doesn’t stop at mediums that I actually work in, it extends to all forms of figurative art. Every time I begin to search for something on the web, I end up in the most delightful places and discover artists I’ve never heard of and increase my knowledge about myself and what makes me laugh or creates that feeling of awe for the artist’s abilities or the subject matter. It all makes me want to continue to improve.

My goal with this blog is to post about some of the artists that I, and I know many of you, admire and would like to know more about. I plan on adding lots of pictures to inspire us all. I also wish to promote these wonderful artists by showcasing their work.

But I also want to be able to promote new, unknown artists. So let me know who you like and would like to see more of.

If you are a figurative artist, I’d love to hear from you as well. Send me a link to your work.

Please, leave a comment on a post if you enjoyed it. I will love to hear from you.


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Welcome to The Figurative Artbeat

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22nd, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

I’ll be conducting interviews with fabulous figurative artists. Featuring clay, mixed media, polymer clay, fabric, watercolor and more. Join me as I present a colorful journey into the world of the figurative artist.

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