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This Photo of Morgan Freeman Will Blow Your Mind, Because It’s not a Photo at All

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One of the most recent videos to go extremely viral over the past several days involves a behind the scenes look at how a portrait of Morgan Freeman came together… and when we say came together, we mean created from scratch on an iPad by finger-painting!

That’s right: the portrait you see above is actually an iPad finger-painting by artist Kyle Lambert based on this photograph taken by photographer Scott Gries, and we’ll be darned if we can tell which one was done on a freaking $6 tablet app and which one was captured on an actual camera.

Here’s a video showing the process of creating the portrait from start to finish in an app called Procreate on the new iPad Air:

Lambert specializes in creating photo-realistic finger-paintings, going so far as to say that his are “The world’s most realistic finger-painting[s].” This particular creation took 285,000 brush strokes, 200+ hours of work, and what we can only assume is a level of skill and talent far beyond our puny imaginations.

To see more of Lambert’s work head over to his YouTube channel or check out his website by following the corresponding links — there are plenty more unbelievable portraits where this one came from. Those interested can even find tutorials on his site to help you learn to do this for yourself… for our part, we’ll stick with cameras thank you very much.

(via Mashable)


Update: In light of the controversy surrounding this painting’s authenticity, several publications have reached out to Mr. Lambert. Here’s a snippet of the email reply he sent to My Modern Met:

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…

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…

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.

You can read his entire response over on My Modern Met by clicking here.


 
  • Mario

    It doesn’t even matter how many hours and whether he cheated or not. What is the point if it looks exactly the same like the photo in the end. 200 hours well wasted. If he likes doing this, chapeau!

  • matey182 .

    The fact that none of his other work is near the detail of this one and it’s also promoting an app makes me very suspicious.

  • http://flavors.me/dhanuss Dhanus Samsen

    unless he’s gonna print this a lot larger than the original photo, like the size of a whole skyscraper, there’s no point whatsoever in hyper-realistic painting unless of course to sell the skill or some app or publications..

  • SebPageJeff

    You know what else is stunning, Jeremy Madore? My big black cock in yo asshole. Come at me bro, let’s do this nigga.

  • Kelly Padgett

    Again, so much hate and resentment for one mans work. Christ, grow up.

  • captaindash

    If this artist wants to shut people up, then he should use a videocamera over his shoulder at a really slow frame rate and film the whole thing and post the whole thing.

    Until he does this, I’m going with the photo overlays showing how it’s pixel for pixel perfect as proof enough for me that this is fake.

  • JohnWilkesBooth

    Not very imaginative are you. That is precisely the point……that you don’t see……it is NOT, a photograph, it’s a….Painting!!! Like the guy said, I dare YOU, to tell the difference. It is quite unique, it’s actually amazing in it’s clarity and realism. The point being, and that which you seem to have missed is………. it is NOT a photo.

  • JohnWilkesBooth

    So!!! Could YOU, do it? Then there is your answer. And, no, can’t you read…….that is exactly what it’s not………a photograph!, and YOU, cannot tell the difference.

  • JohnWilkesBooth

    It’s really very simple……….simply because he wanted to.

  • JohnWilkesBooth

    Bet YOU, can’t do it!! There are always those who will find fault in everything that somebody else does. Just sit down, enjoy the ‘photo’, and wish YOU could do something a quarter as well.