An incredibly realistic painting of Morgan Freeman by British artist Kyle Lambert has gone viral this week.
What’s so stunning about it? Perhaps it’s the fact that it looks like the original photograph shot by Scott Gries Lambert based his painting off of.
Or perhaps it’s the fact that he created the stunning image with just one finger on an iPad Air.
Lambert, 26, told Mashable it took him one month to create the portrait of the actor all by using the iPad app Procreate. The artist is known for his hyper-realistic iPad paintings of celebrities such as Beyonce and Rihanna.
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“I think I must have been watching the movie Oblivion when the idea of Morgan Freeman came to mind,” the artist trained in oil painting said according to the Daily Mail.
The painting, which took 285,000 finger strokes to complete, was no easy task.
“I get very involved in my process so spend a lot of time each day on the painting,” he said. “I was spending 9-10 hours some days if a certain area I was working on was complicated.”
When he began creating hyper-realistic paintings, Lambert first used the app Brushes before updating to Procreate.
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“It captures every brush stroke automatically and you can export it to the camera roll,” he told Mashable. “It has the best canvas size and … video export. It’s the most like Photoshop.”
Not surprisingly, to create such hyper-realistic images, Lambert says a tremendous amount of patience and attention to detail is needed.
“There is no real ‘secret’ to painting realistic images,” he said. “It is all about going that extra mile and spending time on each and every area of your image. … The most important thing is to spend more time looking at what you are painting and less time presuming.”
For anyone who still has doubts on the authenticity of the painting of the Hollywood legend, Lambert also produced a video to accompany his work.
Sources: Mashable, Daily Mail