|Just Dreaming - Seville, Spain - 2012|
|Steve Jobs - Digital Circlism|
|Lady Gaga - Digital Circlism|
Ben Heine: My computer, softwares and the Internet are the connections among all my activities as a creative person. Adobe® Photoshop® software is essential too. I love the fact that Photoshop enables artists to control every aspect of their expression in the context of a friendly interface. It’s the software that extends my abilities, allowing me to boost the content and the form of any picture, all with great performance that keeps me in the creative flow.
You have studied art, painting, sculpture, journalism and you are self-taught in digital photography and drawing. Which one was your first passion and why?
Drawing was my initial obsession and my first love, because it’s easy to carry a pencil and a piece of paper. I used to draw all the time, everywhere. I needed to draw to express my emotions. Painting was the transition between drawing and photography. I studied Journalism for fun, but unfortunately working in an office just didn’t suit me.
Was there a defining moment when you knew that it was time to become an artist professionally or was it a gradual transition?
It was a gradual evolution. I realized very early in my life that I would spend a huge amount of time and energy working on visual projects. I never sought to become an artist specifically or to conform to what it might mean to be an artist, it’s just the closest descriptor for what I am.
What are your favorite features in Adobe Photoshop CS6? Why?
|Black Cat - Photography|
What are sources of inspiration for you and your work?
|Brussels By Night - Photography|
What role does Photoshop play in your artistic process?
|Oops - Photography|
|The Vintage Box - Photography|
How did you get the idea to mix drawing and photography in your Pencil Vs Camera series?
|Pencil Vs Camera - 58 - Mixed Media|
How did you create the Pencil Vs Camera - 55 image?
|Pencil Vs Camera - 55 - Mixed Media|
Describe a favorite image of yours and what grabs you about it.
|Pencil Vs Camera - 30 - Mixed Media|
How have you evolved as an artist?
|In a Rainbow City - Photography|
You have several original series that showcase new viewpoints with Pencil Vs Camera, Flesh and Acrylic, and Digital Circlism. What’s next for you?
That’s the big question. Pencil Vs Camera is almost over. I’ll need to do something else very soon. I’m thinking about launching a new series: possibly some portraits made of small pieces of colored crumpled paper. I’d also like to bring in some music to my graphic universe. I don’t know how exactly, this is my new challenge.
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