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Photo-realistic painting of Morgan Freeman done on an iPad

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Photo-realistic painting of Morgan Freeman done on an iPad
There is a constant debate happening right now as to whether or not tablets have the proper professional tools to truly replace traditional PCs, and it looks like artist Kyle Lambert lands firmly on the side of tablets. Lambert has created an amazing photo-realistic painting of Morgan Freeman using just an iPad, the app Procreate, and his finger.

To be fair, it also took Lambert over 200 hours and over 285,000 strokes to complete the painting. And, for those skeptics out there, Lambert also used an in-app recording function of Procreate to make a time-lapse video of the entire process. The video is amazing, because as you watch, you may have the thought, "oh that's good enough" a couple times, but Lambert continues to add texture and lighting until it really is photo-realistic. 

There are those who think this may just be a marketing stunt for Procreate, and it may well be. But, if it is, it is one of the better marketing stunts you can pull off, because the results are incredibly impressive. Lambert is an artist from England who has experience with realistic paintings and more of his efforts can be found on his website. 


source: Kyle Lambert via Gizmodo

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posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:08 25

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 22025; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Damn, that's accurate as heck. Absolutely amazing

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 21:47 5

20. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


man that is crazy af

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:19 1

40. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Yes, this is art. Not those meaningless paintings which dont make any sense.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:48 3

24. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


"There are those who think this may just be a marketing stunt for Procreate, and it may well be. "
No, this is marketing for Apple, and this slave job is not done for free. Apple know how.
He could do it 10/20 times faster, and easier with Wacom pen.
But there will be not money and not atricles like this, and not excited fans like you.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:04 9

31. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


its time for some medication. mental illness is hard to treat, dude.

not everything related to apple should induce hate and conspiracy.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 00:23

36. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


You need new copy pasta dude. Your comment is getting old.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:07

44. Finalflash (Posts: 3206; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea dude, no one is impressed that it is done on a tablet (the iPad in this case). I am just impressed he can make it so photo-realistic. We have all seen the mona lisa done on MS paint and what not, this is nothing impressive in the regards of medium. The artist will find a way and this mainly credits the artist here as well as his ability.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:31

49. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Did you ask yourself WHY he did it on iPad with finger?
Because is easier??? LOL

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:21 4

2. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Either he has the world's most precise tap, or he used a super thin stylus tip. Wouldn't the recording app show the moments he zoomed in to do certain details?

Regardless of the execution, great job!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:29 2

4. illusionmist (Posts: 157; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


Procreate records strokes and then plays it back. It's not a screen recording.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 19:09

8. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Ah, that's really cool!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:52 3

26. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


iPad can not recognize super thin stylus tip.
Only hot-dog stylus or finger.
That's why Apple paid huge pile for this add, made in slave-job way.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:05 3

32. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


its time for some medication. mental illness is hard to treat, dude.

not everything related to apple should induce hate and conspiracy.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 00:23

37. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


You need new copy pasta dude. Your comment is getting old.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:00 1

56. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Bullsh*t. the iPad has bluetooth stylus with super thin tip and even 2048 levels of pressure with certain apps like this one

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:21

3. Sauce (unregistered)


.....wow!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:34 3

5. bucky (Posts: 2687; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I find it pretty crazy that people have this vision to draw like that.

That said, I'm pretty good at drawing happy faces

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 19:22 1

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 22025; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I can actually draw, I was born with the ability never needed to be taught. No where near this good though.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:43 7

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Just imagine what you can do on a Surface Pro 2..

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 19:11 5

9. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


If this guy could do that with a relatively fat finger, imagine what he could do with its thin, pressure-sensitive stylus!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 19:17 5

10. Sauce (unregistered)


There is a FAQ on his page where he explains why he chooses the iPad over every other tablet.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 21:38

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 5991; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I visited his website for the FAQ but couldn't find it.

Link please.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 21:42 1

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 5991; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


He does his serious painting with a wacom board and a mac. iPad is his choice mobile device.

So yeah! He knows about pressure-sensitive stylus.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:01 1

30. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


" iPad is his choice mobile device. "

He got a pile of money fore this "choice".
Don't tell me that with Wacom pen he cant make this picture 100 times easier. LOL
(GNote or Surface )

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:05 3

33. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


its time for some medication. mental illness is hard to treat, dude.

not everything related to apple should induce hate and conspiracy.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 00:24

38. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


You need new copy pasta dude. Your comment is getting old.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 02:47 1

42. robinlim85 (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 May 2013)


same old comments that suits u everytime

why don't u bash phonearena publish other people marketing conspiracy

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 00:04

35. joey_sfb (Posts: 5991; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yes, its advertising for Apple. Samsung should give him a pile of money to advertise that Note 10.1 2014 edition, agreed?

Personally i getting the Note 10.1 2014 LTE edition. Black color is out to stock. Don't like white. Will wait.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:39

50. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


If this was made on Note 10.1 2014 , there would be not article about that on PA.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:35 2

14. taikucing (unregistered)


How can you say that, M$ salesman?
He has the reason why he chose iPad. Maybe there's something that Surface Pro 2 can't do.

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