Artist uses iPad to paint amazing Morgan Freeman portrait

By , Dec 3, 2013

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It’s believed by some folks that the iPad can only be used as a consumption tool, and isn’t capable of producing content. Well apparently no one has told artist Kyle Lambert this, as he uses the popular tablet to paint incredibly realistic celebrity portraits.

In the past he’s done celebrities like Will Smith, David Beckham and Madonna, but his latest work of art, which is easily his best, is of famous actor Morgan Freeman. The textures, the intense detail. You just have to watch this video of Lambert at work…

Lambert bills his work as the “world’s most realistic finger-painting.” The Freeman portrait consists of over 285,000 brush strokes, and took more than 200+ hours to complete, with the artist using just a finger, an iPad Air and the illustration app Procreate.

For those interested, Kyle Lambert is a UK-based visual artist that specializes in the creation of paintings and illustrations for film, television, advertising and print. And he counts Adobe, Paramount Studios and Apple among his list of high-profile clients.

For more information, click here.

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  • omrishtam

    AMAZING!

  • Bob

    Does anyone actually believe this?

    It started off as a fingerprint painting and was merged into a photograph, it has too much detail for a fingerpainting.

    If you go on Google and look at the original picture, you’ll find that they’re exactly the same, even minor details, what a troll.

    • NaSty

      I find it hard to believe too, it looks way too realistic to be a finger painting done on an iPad….. but who knows?

      • jocastro

        you guys are acting like this is impossible, people do it all the time with just paper and a pencil, the only difference is this time its done on a ipad…. i totally believe this is legit

      • Raashid

        Good point, but do you know how he recorded the iPad’s screen? Or do you think this a feature of Procreate, or was it done on a jailbroken iPad Air? Oh wait, when was a jailbreak released for iPad Air….oh I remember…NEVER

      • jocastro

        200+ hours it took… So he would have had plenty of time

      • Amicus Ignis

        The app has the ‘video record’ feature baked into it. Download it yourself to see.

    • Melvco

      I find it hard to believe too, but if you click the ‘more information’ link at the end of the post you’ll find the artist’s portfolio. He’s not exactly in the business of creating fake paintings.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Do you know how he record the iPad’s screen? Was it done on a Jailbroken iPad? Or is this a feature of Procreate?

      • Raashid

        It’s a feature of pro-create (http://bit ly/1k8uxmr)

  • Rot Kelfer

    I call bs. If you look closely, the stripes on the shoulder of his suit all appear on the same moment, instead of one by one.

    • Kevin Osborne

      You’ve gotta think this is 200 hours crammed into under 4 minutes. Let’s estimate about 3 minutes with the intro and all. 200 hours = 12,000 minutes. That means to fit it in 3 minutes it had to be sped up by 4,000x. That would mean every single second is actually over an hour. It makes sense if you think about it, and as @Melvco:disqus stated, this guy isn’t exactly in the business of creating fake paintings. He’s already got high profile customers that use his work.

      • Rot Kelfer

        I know all that. I see your point, but the detailing is too good. I stand by my theory, it’s just the software developer’s sponsoring, that’s all. And the fact that he is already somewhat known for his skills makes him even more creditable. If the developers used, I don’t l know, me or you, everybody would call bs in seconds. Him, you have to believe, because he’s already done similar work and he can back it up with client list and his portfolio.

        The world of advertising/sponsoring/what have you is a dark place. Don’t believe everything you see.

  • mustafa salim

    والعباس جنهه جذب

    • NSA

      How did you know that?.

      • Jack

        Haha nsa responds to arabic writing, racist bastard. هذا عربي او فارسي

      • NSA

        First I am not “racist bastard”, he just said this could be not true. So, as I wrote in English How did you know that?. Secondly what do you mean by “هذا عربي او فارسي”?

        Can you be more clear ?

  • on3simpleclick

    Awesome piece of art of my favorite actor love it (:
    But what is with all this “fake” BS everyone is ranting on about. If you bothered to look into the artist & his portfolio, you would see that he is a professional who does this thing for a living.

    • Flow

      Haters denying talent. Simple. That green eyed monster is around.

      • Rot Kelfer

        Idiots believing everything they see and take it for granted. Simple.

      • Fabio Rodrigues

        but, are you 100% sure this is bs???

      • Rot Kelfer

        are you 100% sure it’s not…?

      • Fabio Rodrigues

        No, I didn’t say that I believe 100% neither the opposite, only the guy who draw it can prove or disprove, I just think it is very cool if is true, you don’t need to believe in everything, but you don’t need to disbelieve everything, sometimes you just have to enjoy the feeling. I wouldn’t bother if it is true or not, there are so many important things to care about if this is true or not, but if the guy really spent 200+ hours drawing it! he might be very serious and this will be very good for his portfolio, It is very hard, but not impossible, dont you agree?

        But if you are saying that every one who believes are idiots, they may say the same thing to the opposite, and this leads only to one trashing another.

      • Rot Kelfer

        I’m sorry, you make no sense. Also,you’re accusing me of things I never said. I didn’t “disbelieve everything”. Just this one thing. I’m not saying the guy has no skills. I’m just saying that this particular situation is a fake. And it wouldn’t hurt if everyone started using their brains instead of being spoon fed by the internet.

      • Fabio Rodrigues

        no, I am not accusing you of anything, I was asking and not making statements to judge, but it was kinda harsh to call people idiots just because they might believe it was true

  • diggitydang

    Video on his site doesn’t seem to be loading on my new iPad Mini 2… You’d think that the very devices he did this with would load the video of it… Hmmmmm… Nonetheless, sounds like the guy is credible and if so, this is amazing.

  • DannyPrecise

    Hmmm, I don’t know. I’d like to think this is authentic, but the details are just too sharp for “fingerpainting”.

    • DannyPrecise

      I saw on his website that he does use tools to help him, so this is probably authentic. Amazing work!

    • http://Hentanimex.blogspot.com/ Juan Miguel

      Yeah… I can’t believe it too. I have not seen anything like this before, not even in graphic tablets like the Wacom Cintiq. If this is authentic he got amazing skills

  • Roddisq

    If he did that on a Galaxy Tab it would come out much better…

    • blastingbigairs

      The Tab is pure garbage, hahaha!!!

    • jocastro

      hahahaha you kidding me right? you must be joking..

      • Franck Kamayou

        haha that was a good one, the first good one in a while…

    • NSA

      How could be better ?

    • Rot Kelfer

      you’re a funny guy.

  • JS3

    i call bullshit sorry…. the lines are WAYYY to crisp for a finger. now if this was done on a note 10.1 then MAYBE but on an ipad air with a finger…. nope sorry

  • Guest

    That video was completely pointless

  • Jo

    Why not just take a picture of him

    • Peng

      Good point, he just wanted to prove that, opppppps….

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Good find, but one could argue the Artist was using that as an original…he couldn’t just imagine Morgan Freeman out of thin air.

    BTW, how did he record the iPad’s screen? Was it done on a Jailbroken iPad?

    • Raashid

      The iPad Air isn’t even jailbroken yet…so, that rules out that possibility. It has to be a feature of procreate to be that stable and crystal clear; which it is (http://bit ly/1k8uxmr )

    • Alex Raffi

      the highest resoluiton image of him at 2620 × 3600. That helps with the online images looking pixelated during the process of layering in photoshop. No question the artist has skill. But this is a fraud. If you overlay the frame from the video on the actual photograph you will see that every hair, freckle, pore and eye vein matches perfectly. Not sure how anyone could freehand that exactness matching every pixel.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Attention to detail? It’s possible…

      • Alex Raffi

        Not that much detail brother. For him to freehand draw every hair in the exact pixel placement? Not likely. I even created a youtube video to show that the shading is even exact. You can search my video on You Tube using the search words “Sorry Morgan Freeman iPad guy. Every party has a pooper.”

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Can’t recall the word, but it reminds of how Michael Scofield (from Prison Break) was described by some guy while talking with Dr. Sarah Tancredi…

      • Alex Raffi

        I don’t know the reference. Regardless, I’m amused at how many people believe this is real. :) Art is what people want it to be after all. Cheers.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        If it’s just for grabbing my attention, I think he still deserves it for his efforts in making a scam (I just paid 4 minutes for it :P). If it’s actually real, his clients would be beyond amazed…

      • Rot Kelfer

        I agree wholeheartedly.

  • willowbel .

    sorry but this is not a painting if you look very closely the detail is too fine to be a finger painting, just someone who is enjoying the attention i think!

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Reconsider the fact that he could be using that picture as an original; he couldn’t just imagine Morgan Freeman out of thin air. If he’s doing it just for attention, I’m convinced enough to give him that attention; especially now that I know of Procreate’s canvas recording feature (http://bit ly/1k8uxmr )

      • Fabio Rodrigues

        Can you repost the link, I can’t open it, please?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Posting direct links in discus keeps the comment on hold. Copy the link and place a . between t and l

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    It looks so similar to the original image which makes me think that its faaake!

    • Alex Raffi

      It is.

  • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

    Absolutely Stunning!

  • Peng

    lol, i just found it too and compared every detail of them, EXACTLY the same….