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Another amazing realistic portrait using the iPad

Earlier this month I posted a video by Kyle Lambert drawing a hard-to-believe-it’s-not-real portrait of Morgan Freeman on his iPad with the ProCreate app. It set off a lot of debate on the validity of the work. I’ve been following ProCreate on Twitter. They say they’ve evaluated the source file and say it’s the read deal and hope to share it to the world “soon”.

In the meantime, here’s another portrait done on the iPad using ProCreate by Husam Hamed.

ProCreate is listed as one of the best apps of 2013 in the Apple App Store. I’ve been using it for a year or so and can’t say enough good things about it. For the record, I’m not getting any kickbacks for any endorsement of the product. Just a fan.

Community Comments

#1 Rob Tornoe
December/19/2013
@ 10:18 am

I’m sorry, but there’s no way the Kyle Lambert Morgan Freeman portrait is real. I hate to criticize a fellow artist, but just compare his “painting” to the photo he used:

http://imgur.com/tZ1rKc1

When you watch this gif, pick any detail from Lambert’s painting- any detail at all. No matter what you pick – the smallest goatee hair, a single pore, a freckle – it will be in the EXACT same place and shape as the photo.

That he contends he did this on his iPad, with his fingers, while “at no stage was the original photograph on my iPad or inside the Procreate app” is just laughable for such uncanny realism.

Procreate is a great app, and Lambert seems to be a talented artist. But this is just too much.

#2 steve skelton
December/19/2013
@ 11:21 am

Why not just take a picture?

#3 paul himes
December/19/2013
@ 12:37 pm

Sorry – Husam Hamed has done extremely nice work, but it is not even in the same ‘photo-realistic’ universe as the work presented by Kyle Lambert. i have no problem admiring and believing the validity of Husam Hamed’s work, but it does reinforce for me the questions posed about the Morgan Freeman portrait.

#4 Mike Lester
December/19/2013
@ 2:09 pm

Who’s the buyer here? It’s not professional illustrators. They don’t work this way, photographers work this way. Illustrators re-imagine reality and hopefully attract advertisers, publishers, textile producers to sell/license their translation of reality. Not that there’s anything wrong w/ it but , the buyer of this app is the motivated amateur and I’m assuming there are plenty by the reaction to what quite honestly looks like a con.

#5 Andrew Caddell
December/27/2013
@ 10:30 am

Why don’t they just use pencils, pens and oil paints? Ha ha ha

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