Artist paints insanely realistic portrait of Morgan Freeman entirely on iPad [Update]

British artist Kyle Lambert spent quite a bit of time creating a digital painting and by the looks of it, it was time well spent. The drawing is an insanely realistic portrait of Morgan Freeman. The image you see above isn't a photo of Freeman photoshopped onto an iPad — that's Lambert's actual work of art.

He spent over 200 hours creating the masterpiece, spawned out of 285,000 brushstrokes. He used iPad app Procreate to get the job done, a creative sketching and painting tool. It's an incredible accomplishment. The amount of detail apparent in the portrait just blows away any other famous attempts at artistry on a tablet, and they are all excellent.

It's pretty hard to make the argument that a tablet can't be used as a creation device with people like Kyle Lambert doing anything but content consuming. Plus this isn't the first time someone has been able to create something so well on an iPad. Microsoft started marketing the Surface as for artistic purposes in October, too, though being best for art generally comes down to quality apps rather than hardware.

You can check out his video of the process of creating the Morgan Freeman portrait below. He also has some other videos uploaded on additional portraits he made, including another pretty realistic one of Rihanna.

Update: Artist Ryan Lambert spoke to Gizmodo to address some of the skepticism over whether he actually created the image or just used an actual portrait of Freeman. "To answer your question, no at no stage was the original photograph on my iPad or inside the Procreate app," he said. Lambert later concluded, "The whole point of the video is that the final image looks almost indistinguishable from the reference photo. If it didn't, then the claim of it being 'the world's most realistic finger painting' wouldn't really be a valid one."

Source: Gizmodo

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It's so ridiculous... there is no signs of the stokes he was doing in the beginning, details come and go, and come on again. Has anyone drawn with their fingers on an ipad... nuff said. Look at the detail on the lips, just like the photo. Totally reversed photo.

You know, it's funny... As I watched the video, once the basic face was finished, at first I thought wow how realistic.... Except the more he started adding whites and other colors specifically in small amounts, the more i focused on the individual pixels and how they changed.... And the more fake it started to appear to me... After about 1:20, i couldn't get over how fake it looked. I think it was because the more real it looked, the more fake I knew it was.... Yes, whoever did it has a talent for that stuff, but when you really LOOK at it, especially while it's still being put together, u realize how fake it is.

Faked, not that the artist would tell you that until perhaps the publicity dies down (then he might to get it back)

Really you guys are falling for this? All he did was record him smudging a photo then reverse it to make it look like he painted it. :-| Come on, guys.

EDIT: I see others here share my theory.

Update: After sensing some skepticism about whether this was really painted on an iPad with someone's finger, Gizmodo Español reached out to Kyle Lambert, the artist, to learn more about his process. This is what he wrote back:

I'm overwhelmed by the response to my finger painting video and happy that it has reached as many people as it has in such a short time.

"One of the big reasons I wanted to paint this portrait was to create a video that entertained, inspired and educated people about digital art. I've met a number of artists who were motivated to start painting after seeing my previous videos. I've also heard several cases where teachers are using my videos to inspire their students.

After using Procreate on my iPad (the app I created this portrait with) I realised that for the first time I could create a really highly detailed digital painting and have the whole process documented in a video. This was when I decided to start this painting.

The process began with me blocking in the essential colours and shapes of the portrait and then reducing the brush size to add features and details. Each stage of the process took a step closer towards the painting becoming more realistic.

To answer your question, no at no stage was the original photograph on my iPad or inside the Procreate app. Procreate documents the entire painting process, so even if I wanted to import a photo layer it would have shown in the video export from the app.

The key to panting accurate detail at this obsessive level is to break down the portrait into much smaller paintings that are more achievable. Once you do that, the detail becomes easier to manage. However, the consequence of this is that the overall painting then takes a lot longer to complete.

I trained as an oil painter and have been painting portraits and concept art using my Mac and iPad now for around 10 years now. Essentially, I've spent a lot of time learning how to paint realistic looking images. All I have done here is adapted my usual technique to work with my fingers instead of a stylus or brush. Other than the fact I am using my finger, the process of painting on the iPad is identical to all other digital mediums and in many ways similar to working with real paint.

The whole point of the video is that the final image looks almost indistinguishable from the reference photo. If it didn't, then the claim of it being 'the world's most realistic finger painting' wouldn't really be a valid one.

Haha.

Regarding your original comment: skepticism is not necessarily trolling. Nonetheless, should you feel that a comment violates the board rules, please use the Report button rather than detract from constructive discussion by accusing people of trolling.

Also, seeing as how the artist's feedback is interesting and relevant, perhaps you'd request that this article be updated with the additional info?

zhangm said,
Regarding your original comment: skepticism is not necessarily trolling. Nonetheless, should you feel that a comment violates the board rules, please use the Report button rather than detract from constructive discussion by accusing people of trolling.

Also, seeing as how the artist's feedback is interesting and relevant, perhaps you'd request that this article be updated with the additional info?

There is a clear line between constructive skepticism and complete deniable trolling. As far as the article update, absolutely, it would be helpful. However, I quite enjoy reading the excuses people will put as to why this is fake. Specially from those who don't know what art really is. But thanks.

It would be pretty simple to prove if he wanted to. Release the raw footage of the UI changes. Nowhere in this video, except the very beginning, does he show brush and color selection. In videos of this type (like the ones done in Photoshop), they usually leave in the UI. Makes it cooler in my opinion. You get to see the changes, mistakes, selection rubberbands, etc.

This video has none of that. If it did take him 200+ hours, it was the video editing.

I also watched a good part of it in slow motion. There are frames where details change (are added) all over the picture. If it wasn't so perfect, I could forgive it as skipped frames in a time lapse. But it's clear to me that this is a fake.

And even if I'm wrong, at best it's an impossibly good copy -- not art.

This is the first time I have seen the YouTube's comments are better than the Neowin's comments. Look at his other work using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop he has skills and he wanted to challenge himself and get better but don't let that stop all you 'experts' from just saying fake. The "he could have done it better on a ____ or with an____" comments are funny and sad. This guy already knows that. Damn people enjoying what they do and pushing themselves to get better.

Sorry but it is fake.
I put two the photos in paint.net in a different layer,then changed the mix of the upper layer and checked how it is pixel perfect (however the color is a bit off).
Also, the background is perfect and it features a subtle degrade that is almost impossible to replicate.
Like somebody already said, he did the inverse (ruining a photo) then turn in backward the video.

Eh, at first I was "wow cool" but then it just started looking like a reveal of an actual photo? Color me skeptical. If true then dayum! If just a copied photo then... meh. One thing is true though, Morgan Freeman is the damn man, right up with there Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

stevan said,

No he didn't. Read the update on the source.

All the artist did was double-down on a lie. You don't draw a literal pixel-for-pixel identical image just looking at one for reference.

The pin-stripe seems to get more detail in massive stages, over very spaced intervals. Hmmm.

How much Ecstacy is MF dropping these days?!

People should be giving him props for the video, heck with the photo fake or not. Probably took 200 hours just to create the faking of the photo painting within the video. I give the man A+ on video creation.

Oh cmon, are you really that blind in your Apple fanboyism. That kind of realism is impossible enough to acheive on a pc with professional stylus and dedicated software, on an iPad or any other "touch" based device it's just unthinkable. If you don't believe it just look at the guy's other works. I'm sure he's laughing his head off right now that he trolled the isheeps and got the rest of internet talking about him.

AsherGZ said,
Oh cmon, are you really that blind in your Apple fanboyism. That kind of realism is impossible enough to acheive on a pc with professional stylus and dedicated software, on an iPad or any other "touch" based device it's just unthinkable. If you don't believe it just look at the guy's other works. I'm sure he's laughing his head off right now that he trolled the isheeps and got the rest of internet talking about him.

No, he's an artist that used a different technique to create something unique. Don't see him doing this just to lie and loose his credibility.

Of course he's laughing, look at how many trolls he got jumping around saying "I think this is fake so it must be fake"

I am an artist, been working with photoshop and wacom tablet from 2 years, i know the limitations of a tablet. You can't even achieve this level of detail with photoshop and wacom properly.

simrat said,
I am an artist, been working with photoshop and wacom tablet from 2 years, i know the limitations of a tablet. You can't even achieve this level of detail with photoshop and wacom properly.

That's exactly why this is amazing. He took the time and effort and did it on a tablet. We all know the limitations to a tablet, but I'll stick with the word of a guy that's been doing this in the spotlight for a few years...

Its simply an original pic under a layer. But just because it's an iPad, i guess you are continuing to say it must be true.

simrat said,
Its simply an original pic under a layer. But just because it's an iPad, i guess you are continuing to say it must be true.

So many people saying it's fake, I was hoping by now someone would post some concrete proof and not just their opinion.

Fake or not, doesn't matter.. he wins either way. If its fake everyone who thinks its real gets trolled, if its real then everyone who thinks its fake are just haters...

Personally I call BS on this being "Art" in either case, I happen to agree with most other people, anyone can "copy" an already existing digital photo and then trace over it. Now, had he been using a "physical" photo on a stand next to him, and filmed the whole process so everyone could see him actually "do it" then I would say.. ok "art".

But nope, this is not art.. this is just really painstakingly done "Tracing" which ANYONE can do if they have the patience to bother.

BTW, I dont even think he did that though as there is no payoff for it. So even though i think anyone can trace I picture with patience, i still say this is faked...

even if it is real, I'm not really impressed, this is not art. It's just painstakingly copying an existing photo. just tracing

simrat said,
This is Obviously fake, how can people fall for it?

Neowin obviously did for posting this article in the first place!!

As an artists myself Im deeply impressed and have known people to paint and draw portraits that will just blow you away.

In saying that, yes you can load an image of someone into an app and paint over the top, so im a little skeptical of the process, not to mention videos can be edited and layers switched on and off in the painting app etc.

Also a piece of work like this would take a very, very long time. Im not saying people dont or that its not possible. There are amazing digital painters/artists out there. But time would certainly have been a factor. i.e think 50hrs or so.

I base this off of several large pixel art paintings ive done myself that have been around the 10-16hr marks, normally 2-3hrs a day.

*Just saw the 200hrs text, yip, seems about right. Tho Id say half that if he wasnt using a tablet.

Colicab said,
As an artists myself Im deeply impressed and have known people to paint and draw portraits that will just blow you away.

In saying that, yes you can load an image of someone into an app and paint over the top, so im a little skeptical of the process, not to mention videos can be edited and layers switched on and off in the painting app etc.

Also a piece of work like this would take a very, very long time. Im not saying people dont or that its not possible. There are amazing digital painters/artists out there. But time would certainly have been a factor. i.e think 50hrs or so.

I base this off of several large pixel art paintings ive done myself that have been around the 10-16hr marks, normally 2-3hrs a day.

*Just saw the 200hrs text, yip, seems about right. Tho Id say half that if he wasnt using a tablet.

You're lying, this is Neowin and since it's done on an iPad it must be fake /s

Hello,

stevan said,

You're lying, this is Neowin and since it's done on an iPad it must be fake /s


I imagine Android, Windows and other OS have apps that can do this as well.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

I imagine Android, Windows and other OS have apps that can do this as well.

Of course they do. This type of work is not limited only to the iPads. I imagine it would be quote easier to do it with a digital pen or a mouse. But then again the sky is also blue. But this article is about a guy who did it with his fingers on an ipad...

Simply, you upload the photo to paint app(what ever he was using), paint over the image. The reverse the process, and you got the original(but look like you drew it)

Morgan Freeman, Morgan Freeman, Morgan Freeman, Morgan Freeman, Morgan Freeman, Morgan Freeman, Morgan Freeman .. .... Name that video!

Pretty amazing. Not totally convinced after looking at his other work. Does anybody know if he used an pen device like the Pogo or was this all finger/mouse. If the former I more incline to believe this but, this detail with finger or mouse not a chance with Procreate, at least IMO. Still, in order to overcome my skepticism, I would love to see him being actually filmed doing it from scratch not this time lapsed photography of just the work .

Why? Not saying IPads aren't an amazing piece of technology. But you could do this on every device and every program if you want. Hell you could copy that photo pixel by pixel in paint if you want. Still doesn't make it art or amazing imho

Well, it's amazing bc according to this forum, iPads are only toys. So to do something like this on a toy is simply amazing.

stevan said,
Well, it's amazing bc according to this forum, iPads are only toys. So to do something like this on a toy is simply amazing.

Concocting a hoax is amazing?

DKAngel said,

was it proven to be real?

Yep, in the video and article. Until there is proof that it's not real, and not just people's opinions, then those who say it's fake are only trolling.

Hello,

stevan said,

Haha. He posted a picture and his opinion on why he thinks it's fake. I asked for facts.


You can actually do this yourself

stevan said,

Haha. He posted a picture and his opinion on why he thinks it's fake. I asked for facts.

If you overlay his photo with the one I posted, it lines up EXACTLY.. there is no way he would reproduce a painting with EVERYTHING lining up exactly like that, so thus, he's a liar and it's fake. Look at the comments on the source, someone has a graphic that they overlayed it.

xendrome said,

If you overlay his photo with the one I posted, it lines up EXACTLY.. there is no way he would reproduce a painting with EVERYTHING lining up exactly like that, so thus, he's a liar and it's fake. Look at the comments on the source, someone has a graphic that they overlayed it.

There is a way, you just have to put 200 hours into it. You still haven't provided proof, only peoples opinions.

stevan said,

There is a way, you just have to put 200 hours into it. You still haven't provided proof, only peoples opinions.

If it is essentially pixel for pixel identical, how is it an 'original' piece of work?

We have been able to Clone and paint through layers for over 20 years, this isn't new and it is not an original piece of art.

Mobius Enigma said,

If it is essentially pixel for pixel identical, how is it an 'original' piece of work?

We have been able to Clone and paint through layers for over 20 years, this isn't new and it is not an original piece of art.

Key words in the article you missed: tablet, fingers, very realistic.

To my knowledge something this realistic on a table, with only fingers, hasn't been done yet. And as I explained already, technique is important as the art piece itself.

You still don't get it, it's EXACTLY the same as the photograph.... thus, it's the photograph behind a bunch of crap he just did a bunch of "undo"'s off of

xendrome said,
You still don't get it, it's EXACTLY the same as the photograph.... thus, it's the photograph behind a bunch of crap he just did a bunch of "undo"'s off of

No it's not, it's a photograph that looks amazingly similar. That's what he does and is known for. He is famous for what he does and doubt he would risk that by creating fakes. He's been using his ipad for years and got really good at it. And he came out after he heads of all the skepticism and explained how and what he did.

Yet people still label him as a fake bc apparently everyone has a CSI degree and can detect fakes.

I can understand if you don't find it impressive enough to show respect for that he did. But to simply deny it because it seem too good to be true is somewhat ignorant.

It took him 200hours! Anyone could zoom in with a photo overlay and draw one pixel at a time if they had 200hours to spare.
If anything this makes a tablet look worse as an artistic device when it takes such and excessive amount fo time to create something.

Slammers said,
It took him 200hours! Anyone could zoom in with a photo overlay and draw one pixel at a time if they had 200hours to spare.
If anything this makes a tablet look worse as an artistic device when it takes such and excessive amount fo time to create something.
Production time is irrelevant -> Apple Logo on device.

Get the high res picture, then paint over it step by step. At the end, the play it backward. You get an awesome art work ...

Hmm, me and a few other friends watched it, interestingly enough (without knowing the backstory) they all said "bullsh*t, you couldn't get that much control or precision blending with a finger.

In my opinion the level of exact detail is too high (case in point - fine hair on his ears) and when you watch the video large areas of fine detail get changed throughout the video. I call crud on this until a workflow video is released.

I don't think the term "painting" means what you think it means. Using Photoshop's impressionist filter on a photo, and then applying the erase tool repeatedly to it to progressively reveal the original photo in the background layer is not considered "painting".

That's quite a talent, really well done (but personally I prefer to see brush strokes in portraiture )

As good as this is, I'd bet EVERYTHING that the con artists from ARC International and Greenshields would reject such an art piece (they're very political and have inside schemes to get their own people to win). Sigh, good artists will never go recognized...

What strikes me, is the massive leap in realism compared to his other work. So yeah, I do have some doubts about this. But then you do see it being created right in front of your eyes, and it's amazing.

It can't get 100x better. It is almost near perfect. Even if he did use a Surface Pro with a stylus, it wouldn't be as impressive as it is with a finger. Doing this with finger requires more talent than it does with a stylus.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
It can't get 100x better. It is almost near perfect. Even if he did use a Surface Pro with a stylus, it wouldn't be as impressive as it is with a finger. Doing this with finger requires more talent than it does with a stylus.

Ok, 99% better.

Spicoli said,
You're not actually serious are you? Finger painting requires more talent? On what planet?

Earth.

To be able to pick a medium and use it to create a photo realistic piece takes tremendous talent and a level of mastery that just blows my mind. Some mediums are easier to work with than others. When compared to a stylus, as Nazmus was doing, using your finger on a ten inch digital screen takes more talent, mastery, and patients. A stylus has, what?...several thousand pressure levels, and is able to be precise to the pixel. Key word here is precise because precision is a lot harder to accomplish when you're limited to your ten chubby digits.

Check out what people are able to do with a ball point pen. Those guys are in a league of their own. One above digital artist.

While I agree it can't get more realistic than this, if he'd used a Surface Pro, he could've been done in an hour or two and used those 198hrs of his life to do some other more productive work.

AsherGZ said,
While I agree it can't get more realistic than this, if he'd used a Surface Pro, he could've been done in an hour or two and used those 198hrs of his life to do some other more productive work.

I think I've heard it all now. Thanks for a morning laugh.

It's pretty sad when an accomplishment is getting around a severely limited user interface. A Wacom pen interface will let anyone with a reasonably accomplished art background produce realistic artwork.

Awesome. I'm bookmarking this as reference to show each time someone stupidly proclaims you need the mouse to do graphical/Photoshop work, and that you'll never get "precision" with a finger.

This guy, FTW!

There are those who can do extraordinary things, such as live life without sight and hearing combined (Helen Keller). However, for most people, we are not that talented. We need stylus or a mouse for precision. This guys is awesome. However, he is very talented and is an exception, not a rule.

This is exactly why Windows tablets are better than iPads (for me). Windows tablets support mouse and stylus, whereas iPads do not.

So if I shoved a piece of chalk up my nose and drew stick figures, would I be more talented than someone that drew stick fingers using their hand? This is what we call a publicity stunt.

Edited by Screw this Nazi Site, Dec 3 2013, 2:37am :

Dot Matrix said,
Awesome. I'm bookmarking this as reference to show each time someone stupidly proclaims you need the mouse to do graphical/Photoshop work, and that you'll never get "precision" with a finger.

This guy, FTW!

Precision can be done with the finger. It's just easier with a mouse or pen. That's why Windows 8 supports touch, pen and K/B input together, because they're each best at something.

Don't bother disputing with anyone saying, "never". Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

Spicoli said,
So if I shoved a piece of chalk up my nose and drew stick figures, would I be more talented than someone that drew stick fingers using their hand?

No, you'd be an idiot with a piece of chalk up his nose.

So really it's a shame it's a fake and he took a photo and did the video in reverse. Back to the mouse and a Surface Pro, cos the iPad just isn't yet able to do this. Well you probably could get close if you spent an inordinate amount of time, but you'd be far better off with the proper tools.

sure you CAN do this with a finger. but it's stupid. it takes 4 times as long as with a mouse, and 20 times as long as with a proper digitizer tablet, with a good pressure sensitive pen.

And no one said you need a mouse to do graphics work, you need a tablet/digitizer. (unless you're doing non freehand art)

HawkMan said,
sure you CAN do this with a finger. but it's stupid. it takes 4 times as long as with a mouse, and 20 times as long as with a proper digitizer tablet, with a good pressure sensitive pen.

And no one said you need a mouse to do graphics work, you need a tablet/digitizer. (unless you're doing non freehand art)

He is an artist and using his fingers is just another technique of how to do it. Take an art class and you will see that technique is as important as the piece itself.

link8506 said,


so, you will use a fake as a proof that finger painting on an iPad is as efficient as using a stylus with photoshop?

no wonder why apple fanboys are so clueless.

I wouldn't call Dot Matrix an apple fanboy. Guy did something and posted a video of him doing it. He also a known artist who probably wouldn't risk his image by doing something fake.

So unless people can provide proof that it's fake and not just opinions, they're just trolling.

stevan said,

I wouldn't call Dot Matrix an apple fanboy. Guy did something and posted a video of him doing it. He also a known artist who probably wouldn't risk his image by doing something fake.

So unless people can provide proof that it's fake and not just opinions, they're just trolling.

it's not uncommon that talented people create fakes because they feel they don't receive enough praise.

that video doesn't prove anything. It is easy to fake by doing the reverse process (destroying a photo with his fingers), or using a photo as a background layer (and recording the strokes to create a background-free video later)

anybody who think this video is a proof of authenticity has no idea how easy it is to fake things using video editing software and a little creativity.

and last but not least, as others said, his prior art doesn't show such a level of precision. It is unlikely that his talent improved suddenly without cheating.

if he is so talented, maybe he should perform live in front of several people, even if it takes several day. I'm sure a lot of artists would be interested to see that.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Yup, he did

Haha here's what he said:

The same comments are in the Gizmodo article as well, people seem to think the same thing... I wish this would get more attention and if he is infact faking it, he should be exposed as a fraud.

The key word being "thinking". I asked for actual proof. Better luck next time.

stevan said,

He is an artist and using his fingers is just another technique of how to do it. Take an art class and you will see that technique is as important as the piece itself.

Yeah, finger painting on an iPad has NO relation that that technique.

HawkMan said,

Yeah, finger painting on an iPad has NO relation that that technique.

I don't understand that sentence.

I don't know, but it is odd that this piece of his work is such higher quality than anything else he's done before. The skill required for this vs everything he's posted in his portfolio to date is a huge leap.

Personally I only like videos like this when they actually are a timelapse that lets you observe the entire workflow, which this does not have and probably could not have due to iOS limitations.

xendrome said,
Hmm, are we sure this isn't an app that the picture is loaded behind the scenes and as you "paint" it reveals the true image, here is the true image - http://www.moviepilot.de/files...486/8182/Morgan_Freeman.jpg

I'm not trying to call shenanigans, and yes I watched the video, but it just seems a bit too close to the actual photo.

Man I almost have to agree. If you compare the hairs on his top lip side by side, this guy free hand copied every hair almost perfectly (hard to tell zoomed in as the video gets blurry). It's pretty insane.

xendrome said,
Hmm, are we sure this isn't an app that the picture is loaded behind the scenes and as you "paint" it reveals the true image, here is the true image - http://www.moviepilot.de/files...486/8182/Morgan_Freeman.jpg

I'm not trying to call shenanigans, and yes I watched the video, but it just seems a bit too close to the actual photo.

I definitely call shenanigans. Even the out of focus hairs are exactly in the same place -- right down to the highlights. And if you notice the reflection patterns (like on his nose) the highlights are in exactly the same place.

It's an interesting video, but there's no way he "drew" this.

I concur. The above picture is just a blurred version of the original pic. No way he got even the tiniest flecks and specks down to the last detail on Morgan's face in exactly the right place. He's human after all, and that above picture is not human work.

That picture and the "portrait" are nearly identical. And I only say nearly because I haven't examined it pixel by pixel. I can't find anything different between the two aside from the sharper look on the higher-res version. It's most likely a fake.

xendrome said,
Hmm, are we sure this isn't an app that the picture is loaded behind the scenes and as you "paint" it reveals the true image, here is the true image - http://www.moviepilot.de/files...486/8182/Morgan_Freeman.jpg

I'm not trying to call shenanigans, and yes I watched the video, but it just seems a bit too close to the actual photo.

If you overlay the two, slightly stretch the original and adjust the contrast they're pretty much identical. Every hair colour/position, blood vessel in the eye, tiny blemishes on the face, even the gradient background colour once the contrast has been altered to match the original.

If he didn't already have a decent portfolio and have been invited to MacWorld to showcase his stuff, I would definitely think it was a fake, but I'm not sure in this case.

Edited by ZakO, Dec 3 2013, 10:45am :

But his portfolio is nowhere near this accurate. I think he's just a decent artist who got a bit excited and wanted some attention and has faked this as being a painting. If he sits at Macworld and paints something this accurate with everyone watching him i'll happily be proved wrong, but from everything i've seen this is a fake (and a great opportunity for MS to market the Surface Pro in which doing this would actually be possible with it's far more accurate Wacom solution to to the iPad).

I have to agree. It is just TOO close to the original. Every hair is the exact same shape. Every freckle. Every fibre of the jacket. Just TOO good IMHO. I have seen super photo realistic pictures drawn from real photos and I have never seen anything with this level of accuracy to source material before. It is just too good to be true.

xendrome said,
Hmm, are we sure this isn't an app that the picture is loaded behind the scenes and as you "paint" it reveals the true image, here is the true image - http://www.moviepilot.de/files...486/8182/Morgan_Freeman.jpg

I'm not trying to call shenanigans, and yes I watched the video, but it just seems a bit too close to the actual photo.


Agreed. I know there are some amazing artists out there (of which I am not one... Lol), but this just doesn't look drawn...

riahc3 said,
Hello,

You just completely owned him.

The same comments are in the Gizmodo article as well, people seem to think the same thing... I wish this would get more attention and if he is infact faking it, he should be exposed as a fraud.

xendrome said,

The same comments are in the Gizmodo article as well, people seem to think the same thing... I wish this would get more attention and if he is infact faking it, he should be exposed as a fraud.

Key word being "think"...

TheShark said,
If he sits at Macworld and paints something this accurate with everyone watching him i'll happily be proved wrong

I must admit I'm also slightly sceptical that something _this_ accurate is possible with just a finger. A live demo of even a smaller photo being replicated with such astonishing fidelity would remove all doubt for sure, and if this is proved to be true there is no doubt it deserves to be hailed as an amazing and mind-blowing achievement.

Romero said,
I must admit I'm also slightly sceptical that something _this_ accurate is possible with just a finger. A live demo of even a smaller photo being replicated with such astonishing fidelity would remove all doubt for sure, and if this is proved to be true there is no doubt it deserves to be hailed as an amazing and mind-blowing achievement.
If this had been a video much like others on youtube of artists doing paintings etc. with their fingers I'd be convinced. Like you, until he can replicate this in an auditable fashion I just call BS. It is too exactly like the original.

more like impressive BS. even if it's not fake, the idea of making 100% replica by fingerpainting is just lame time wasting.

x.iso said,
more like impressive BS. even if it's not fake, the idea of making 100% replica by fingerpainting is just lame time wasting.

Unlike posting that comment?

JHBrown said,
Impressive. I love my iPads.

too bad, this is a fake. See the comments on gizmodo. The guy basically just erased a photo with his fingers, and reverted the video. What an "achievement"!

your comment really shows how credulous the average iPad users are.

no wonder why they buy ipads when they lack any common sense

link8506 said,

too bad, this is a fake. See the comments on gizmodo. The guy basically just erased a photo with his fingers, and reverted the video. What an "achievement"!

your comment really shows how credulous the average iPad users are.

no wonder why they buy ipads when they lack any common sense

Trolls will be trolls. Read the update from gizmodo.

stevan said,

Trolls will be trolls. Read the update from gizmodo.

already read it.
still thinking it's a fake.

the guy is just trying to defend his fake work, like any forger would do.

you want so much to believe that "the iPad is magical" and that it can do anything (even though a $250 android tablet can do the same thing) that you are ready to believe anything that might comfort you in your position.

his word isn't worth anything. Yet you take it as an additional "proof". I don't think you would defend that guy if he claimed to have done his work work on a nexus 10.

link8506 said,

already read it.
still thinking it's a fake.

the guy is just trying to defend his fake work, like any forger would do.

you want so much to believe that "the iPad is magical" and that it can do anything (even though a $250 android tablet can do the same thing) that you are ready to believe anything that might comfort you in your position.

his word isn't worth anything. Yet you take it as an additional "proof". I don't think you would defend that guy if he claimed to have done his work work on a nexus 10.

I'm case you forgot, this article is about a guy doing it on his ipad, not nexus. And it's not the ipad I'm defending, it's the artist who gets discredited just because he did it on an ipad.

I also said ipad is awesome, not magical. Try harder next time.

stevan said,

I'm case you forgot, this article is about a guy doing it on his ipad, not nexus. And it's not the ipad I'm defending, it's the artist who gets discredited just because he did it on an ipad.

I also said ipad is awesome, not magical. Try harder next time.

the problem is not that he claims to have done it on an iPad. I would still think it's a fake if he did it on a nexus.

the problem is that the video doesn't prove anything and can be easily faked. Yet the apple fanboys are ecstatic about it because they think it showcases exclusive iPad capabilities (which is wrong).

a better proof would have been to record a video of himself doing the work. That would have been harder to fake than a supposed screen/strokes recording.

fakes like that are very common and are more and more elaborated. And the press easily falls victim to those.

link8506 said,

the problem is not that he claims to have done it on an iPad. I would still think it's a fake if he did it on a nexus.

the problem is that the video doesn't prove anything and can be easily faked. Yet the apple fanboys are ecstatic about it because they think it showcases exclusive iPad capabilities (which is wrong).

a better proof would have been to record a video of himself doing the work. That would have been harder to fake than a supposed screen/strokes recording.

fakes like that are very common and are more and more elaborated. And the press easily falls victim to those.

The guy came out and gave a response because of all the criticism, where exactly do you have concrete proof that it's fake.

Take a good look at this article and all of the replies. There aren't many apple fanboys saying how the ipad is magical and how this proves that it's the best table. Matter of fact there is none.

Now look again at all the trolls that are saying it's fake, using their opinions as facts and discrediting ipad without giving the artist any recognition.

stevan said,

The guy came out and gave a response because of all the criticism, where exactly do you have concrete proof that it's fake.

Take a good look at this article and all of the replies. There aren't many apple fanboys saying how the ipad is magical and how this proves that it's the best table. Matter of fact there is none.

Now look again at all the trolls that are saying it's fake, using their opinions as facts and discrediting ipad without giving the artist any recognition.

This^