Marilyn Monroe

Ben Heine – Digital Circlism

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.

Marilyn Monroe

Elvis Presley

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).

Lady Gaga

Mad Hatter

Freddie Mercury

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.



Bob Marley

Self portrait

(All images via Ben Heine)

One Response to “Ben Heine – Digital Circlism”

  1. Hezekiah Baxter Jr.

    Mr. Heine, I am a very big fan of all of your art work, I am also an artist like yourself, I have been painting for years all types of Abstract, Landscape, portraits, etc. I used to paint on everything that I could, but one day I lost interest, because I wanted a different flavor of art. I stopped painting for years, but one day I sat down and asked God for my creativeness again, I could feel it but I didn’t want to go back to the same old thing. So I prayed and prayed and one day God answer my prayer that was right in front of me all the time. I always like doing collages for some reason, but just basic ones, When Michael Jaskson died, I wanted to make a collage that would remind me of him and that would be an momental for him. After that I saw this beautiful picture and I have to try to recreate it. Just as you have done with your digital circlism art. Now I am a digital portrait collages artist. I would love to share my work with you to get your opinion, he would mean the world to me. I would like to thank you in advance for listen to me. My email is [email protected] or [email protected]. Please email me so that I can send you some of my work.. Have a great day Mr. Heine, and thanks again. Peace
    PS. I do not have a web site yet!!!!!!


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