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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: 10576; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Damn, that's accurate as heck. Absolutely amazing

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 21:47 5

20. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


man that is crazy af

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:19 1

40. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 383; 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: 219; 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: 1192; 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: 1596; 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: 377; 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: 99; 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: 377; 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: 219; 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: 1192; 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: 352; 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: 1346; 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: 10576; 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: 3523; 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: 377; 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: 2782; 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: 2782; 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: 219; 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: 1192; 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: 85; 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: 2782; 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.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 21:00 4

16. Shatter (Posts: 1997; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Theres nothing the ipad can do that the surface pro cant do better and the surface pro can do 1000000000000000000000 things the ipad cant.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:31 5

21. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Now, that is a DUMB comment.

The iPad has higher resale value. Like the Surface Pro can come close.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:35

22. Shatter (Posts: 1997; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Ebay: Used ipad 4 16gb $400.

Ebay: Used Surface pro 128GB (smallest ssd size) $630.

Who has the higher resale value?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 08:05 1

46. troutsy (Posts: 253; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Ipad 4 - MSRP $499
Surface Pro - MSRP $899

Resale value is higher on the iPad (20% loss) compared to the Surface Pro (30% loss).

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:53

27. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Try playing a shooter game on the surface pro without a mouse.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 08:29

48. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Rofl. You're doing it wrong, buddy.

Of course you can't play your current Call of Duty or some FULL desktop shooter game on a touchscreen. Do you understand why? Because it was made with keyboard/mouse/controllers in mind - they're not touch-optimized.

Say, try playing Dead Trigger, or some other shooter straight from their respective app stores on an iPad and on a Surface - now THAT'S a touch-optimized game from the very beginning unless specified otherwise.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 03:56 1

52. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Your point?

I was asking if he can play ANY shooter game without a mouse and keyboard on surface pro.

The answer - NO.
As a TABLET, surface pro is useless when it comes to gaming in general actually.
Also, it doesn't have Siri.. nor airplay.
Also, its battery life is pathetic in comparison.. and it weights TWICE as much.

It is a product that wants to be all at once, but sucks at being a tablet compared to real tablets, and sucks at being a laptop compared to real laptops of the same price

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 04:55 1

54. joaolx (Posts: 352; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


You're right. It tries to be both and fails at being each. I have a laptop that's easily has 3x/4x the processing power of the Pro while costing the same. It definitely is heavy compared to the surface but I'm getting a laptop, meaning I have power that the Pro only wished it had and since I need power, the weight is not a problem.
My problem with the surface is the same with phablets, for me they're too big to be a smartphone and WAY to small to ever to a tablet. I'll stick with a phone for messaging and calls, tablet for web, drawing some stuff, play some games and my laptop to use as a real PC.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:47

57. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Exactly..it just baffles me how people fail to understand how products are actually used and geared towards the needs of consumers.

They say, Oh but Surface can play pc games!

Yet they don't realize the use case behind such statement. Yes, it can play them. But only if you put the device on the table, and use it as a laptop! With a 10 inch screen!
How much sense and usability you get in that?
It ends up completely trounced by a real laptop in a laptop use case scenario.. and completely trounced by an iPad in the tablet use case.( thousand times more apps, half the weight)

All the while costing far more!
And that is exactly why it is failing on the market.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:57

58. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


..although, I have to say I disagree on the phablet part.

Being a Note 3 owner and having an 7inch tablet, I can honestly say Note 3 covers all my phone and tablet needs amazingly well.

Here's the thing..compared to any Android tablet out there, it is MORE powerful, less compromised, has top notch components, and is easier to handle without any strain to the arms.
Compared to my last phone, it gives me far more satisfying experience overall..the portability decrease is really a minor issue compared to the benefits of a large screen.

I really recommend you to give the Note 3 a chance if you can.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:06

59. joaolx (Posts: 352; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I agree with you with the surface and the phablet but I guess it's the way I use those devices. I only use my phone for messaging and calls and some useful apps but the rest of the things I do on my tablet because of the screen size. 8' to 10' is the sweet spot for me, I like big screens, but not too big screens.

I like the Note 3 but for my needs and purposes it would be useless in my hands I think, I prefer a smaller screen for a phone and a bigger screen for a tablet.

But at least the Note 3 gets performance and battery right when compared to smartphones and tablets.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:56 1

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


Yes
Or even Galaxy Note 10.1

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:47

7. HTCOE (Posts: 448; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


wow...

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:22

12. jove39 (Posts: 1265; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Excellent work by app developer and artist

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:34 1

13. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


no man, it´s cheating, it can´t be true... it is too amazing to be true

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 21:26

17. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1697; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Amazing!!! If it was actually made on the iPad

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:43 2

23. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 914; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


i believe that instead of arguing over tablets we should all marvelling at this amazingness !

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:51

25. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Holly.. damn my mind is blown.
He used his FINGER ONLY, and made the most impressive "drawing " I've ever seen in my entire life!!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 22:55

28. Ikechukwu (Posts: 134; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Even a stupid fanboy like me lauded both his manificient work and his iPad

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:27

34. cmdrshefardtechi (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


I have never seen so realistic painting.
Awsome...........

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 00:27

39. Doakie (Posts: 1192; Member since: 06 May 2009)


If this is real, which I have a hard time believing someone painted a head shot that looks so much like a photograph, this guy is amazing. Grats dude.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:48 1

41. zachattack (Posts: 549; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Does this make me want to buy an iPad or anything made by apple? F*** no, and Morgan freeman was only good in Shawshank redemption. So really other than this guy being a great artist, there's nothing to see or care about

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 02:52 1

43. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 914; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


wow are you this biased and blind
seriously it's an awesome painting done a by a talented on an ipad this isn't some campaign so just don't !
and for you information ipad still rule the tablet market ! so obviously others disagree with you !

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:57

45. ameran (Posts: 16; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


I have been painting in my entire life. It is nothing more than a faked work. The secret is a real digital photography in the background. He is just adding colors on top of the digital image and then erasing it. This is the reason why it looks so real. It doesn't have anything to do with Apple. It is just an app that allows you to do so.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 08:11

47. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yeah some of the other youtube videos show him pasting in real images and tweaking the opacity while painting over it. I'm still confused how he pulled this off its crazy!

some of us that dont have an eye for painting are definitely fooled by this.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 04:50

53. joaolx (Posts: 352; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I have this app and can tell that if you had a picture in the background you would see it in the video. This records everything that is on screen when recording. This app is great and the best for photo-realistic painting. I'm almost sure it's no fake.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:19

51. Lifengineer (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


After reading through the comments very fast, it looks like I'm the only one who doesn't believe this! I'm sure this is just a photo!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 04:58

55. joaolx (Posts: 352; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It's not fake. The app allows for real-time recording when painting and the app is really very powerful but simple, best drawing app for all tablets.

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