Take a look at that photo, up there. Pretty good image of Morgan Freeman, right? But it’s not a photo; it’s a painting, done entirely digitally, on an iPad. With a finger. Yes, art tools have gotten even more advanced than you thought!

Giving Traditional Art The Finger

First of all, here’s the entire process, courtesy of artist Kyle Lambert:

You might remember Lambert from previous viral Internet projects, like his mashing up of Toy Story and The Shining in a series of paintings. And, yes, he did this entirely with an iPad and his finger, but, to be fair, he had more help than you might at first think.


Art For Art’s Sake

Specifically, Lambert used a professional art app called Procreate. Despite the mildy suggestive name, Procreate is actually designed from the ground up to be used, by artists, on iPads. Essentially, Lambert has access to infinitely customizable brushes, dozens of filters, layers you can put down and tweak, and other software tools that your preschooler doesn’t have when they’re trying to evoke Matisse. OK, so a preschooler is also just having fun, but we were trying to be generous, we know how parents get.

Anyway, the point is, Lambert was hired to demonstrate the sheer power of the application, which he did in fairly spectacular fashion.

I Could Paint That!


You can certainly try! The nice thing about the App Store is that it’s rare that something is absurdly expensive. In fact, if you want the same tools that Lambert used to make this portrait, all you really need is an iPad that can run iOS 7, and six bucks to buy the Procreate app. Of course, you can’t buy artistic talent, so you may find yourself a bit lost, at first. We might recommend asking a preschooler for help.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.