Photo-realistic painting of Morgan Freeman done on an iPad

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



51. Lifengineer

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 15, 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!

55. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

45. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 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.

47. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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.

53. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

41. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 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

43. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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 !

39. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

34. cmdrshefardtechi

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

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

28. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

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

25. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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!!

23. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

13. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

12. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Excellent work by app developer and artist


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011


6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

9. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

10. Sauce unregistered

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

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

30. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 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 )

33. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

its time for some medication. mental illness is hard to treat, dude. not everything related to apple should induce hate and conspiracy.

38. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

42. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

same old comments that suits u everytime why don't u bash phonearena publish other people marketing conspiracy

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

50. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

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.

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

21. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Now, that is a DUMB comment. The iPad has higher resale value. Like the Surface Pro can come close.

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