Look at the picture, looks real, right? No, it’s not a photo image of Morgan Freeman. On the contrary this is an art work painting of Morgan Freeman done by a Digital artist who goes by the name of Kyle Lambert achieved by an iPad App Procreate. Procreate was released early this year and has since won App Design Award. The App has been described as the the most powerful and intuitive digital illustration App available for iPad.
Looking at the painting of Morgan Freeman one cannot believe that indeed it is a mere painting. Although the painting was based on a real photo taken by Scott Gries, Lambert only used the photo to guide his painting. To make us believe that he indeed painted the image, he captured the stages of his painting that took him about 200 hours and 285,000 brushstrokes and has shared via this video link.
Lambert explains his breakthrough thus, “I recently discovered that it was possible to create incredibly high-resolution (4K) paintings using only my iPad, and I wanted to see just how far I could push digital artwork and paint a true photorealistic portrait. I started with a blank white screen and began capturing Morgan Freeman’s likeness, quickly painting the broad strokes with my finger. I then reduced the brush size to a few pixels, pinched to zoom and carefully painted in the fine detail.”
“One of the big reasons I decided to do this painting was to inspire other budding artists to embrace digital art,” Lambert said. “A friend of mine who is a school teacher explained to me recently that whenever he plays one of my painting videos in class, his students become noticeably more engaged and excited about creating art. The idea that more people are engaging in art because of something that I have created is amazing to me.”