Digital Circlism is a whole new creative technique that Ben Heine developed in 2010 and it’s a mix between Pop Art and Pointillism. For this project, Heine makes portraits of celebrities or cultural icons with digital tools using flat circles on a black background. Each circle has a single color and a single tone. The circles vary in sizes and colors, creating a dynamic and 3-dimensional look.
Ben Heine is a Belgian artist that started as a painter and political cartoonist, becoming more widely known in 2011 for his “Pencil vs Camera“ and “Digital Circlism“ projects. Heine has a degree in journalism and made his Masters’ final assignment on the “limits of freedom of speech in political cartoons” (2007).
Although he’s been making portraits for over 15 years, the artist started developing this original technique recently.
As I’ve been working with digital tools recently, this came quite naturally, and I’m a big fan of Pop Art and Pointillism. Digital Circlism is a modern mix of them.
(All images via Ben Heine)