Morgan Freeman’s Digital Portrait and Art of the Future

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Will artists of tomorrow create their Mona Lisas and Girls with Pearl Earrings on digital devices?

IPad Air, Procreate and a finger were the only tools Kyle Lambert used to re-create Morgan Freeman’s photograph by Scott Gries. Artist Kyle Lambert has been using finger-painting apps on iPad since 2010, mastering his art. A few days ago, he uploaded a video of his finger-painted portrait of the actor Morgan Freeman. The video is available now on YouTube with a caption “the world’s most realistic finger painting.” The statement sounds exaggerated and bragging at first, however, as you watch the video it becomes clear that the artist deserves his confidence – the portrait of Freeman is indeed photorealistic.

A UK-based visual artist started using iPad art in 2010 after he watched Apple demo for the brushes application. Lambert has created “visually striking paintings and illustrations” for Apple, Adobe, BBC television, Paramount, GQ and many others. MacWorld Expo invited Lambert in 2011 as a featured artist; his works have been featured in the ads of Apple’s iCloud and iPad 2, as well as Adobe’s Touch app.

The artist is only 26 years old, yet he’s a recognized artist already. His video of Freeman’s portrait creation process on YouTube has generated more than 4 million views in no time.

Morgan Freeman’s portrait is ultra-detailed and contains 285,000 finger strokes that produce the precise details of Freeman’s face. You can see the wisps of hair, wrinkles on his forehead, and freckles on his cheeks. In fact, the portrait is so realistic, some Internet users argue it is a hoax.

You can see the two images – one is a photo by Scott Gries and the other one is a portrait by Kyle Lambert. They look so identical some users doubt the authenticity of the work. However, the video reveals how Lambert uses Procreate to paint portraits.

Lambert is a professional artist and oil painter; he used the application to reduce the brush to a few pixels size. Procreate allows you to zoom in and apply tiny strokes producing the photorealistic results.

“It captures every brush stroke automatically, and you can export it to the camera roll… It has the best canvas size and is easy to export. It’s the most like Photoshop,” says Lambert.

Some critics point out that applications like Procreate allow you to add photographs and set them as paintings. However, Lambert has an extensive portfolio of celeb portraits from Barack Obama to Beyoncé, Jennifer Anniston, David Beckham, Megan Fox and Amy Winehouse. You can see how his art evolved over the years.

The illustration and animation graduate, Kyle Lambert started creating digital art with his iPad and was immediately recognized for his artwork on the Toy Story 3 theme which he posted on the Apple Mac website. The iPad creators were very impressed and invited him to MacWorld conference in San Francisco.

Just a brief look at the iTunes webpage dedicated to Procreate is enough to understand how highly professional this application is. If you’re into arts and painting, you might want to give it a try. Who knows, maybe you too will end up creating digital art…