Morgan Freeman, iPad finger Painting

Published on December 3, 2013

The world’s most realistic finger painting painted by Kyle Lambert. Using only a finger, an iPad Air and the app Procreate, artist Kyle has painted a photorealistic portrait of actor Morgan Freeman.

He recently discovered that it was possible to create incredibly high resolution (4k) paintings using only an iPad, and he wanted to see just how far he could push digital artwork and paint a true photorealistic portrait.

Kyle started with a blank white screen and began capturing Morgan Freeman’s likeness, quickly painting the broad strokes with his finger. Then he reduced the brush size to a few pixels, pinched to zoom and carefully painted in the fine detail.

The finished painting is made up of around 285,000 brush strokes and took more than 200 hours to complete. The entire process was captured as a time-lapse video by Procreate, allowing you to watch over 200 hours of painting in just 3 minutes.

One of the big reasons he decided to do this painting was to inspire other budding artists to embrace digital art. A friend of him who is a school teacher explained to him recently that whenever he plays one of his 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 Kyle have created is amazing to him.

Original Photograph Taken by Scott Gries.

Kyle Lambert


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