This demonstrates how a digital painting progress video could be faked. This video is NOT intended to discredit or claim that other similar videos are deceptive in how they were created. The only intention is to ask you not to believe everything you see.
This video was made in about 40 minutes as I didn't feel it was necessary to go into extreme detail, so this is a rushed over job but I think you will get the idea I'm trying to show. I could have added more "passes" for a more gradual build up of detail. This can be done using any image editing software, in this case I used photoshop. I could have removed the cursor to closer match the original but to be honest I didn't want to spend that much time removing such frames. HOW?
using a few simple tools to start breaking down the photo to remove small to large details. Record this process then reverse the video and that's it!
The artist featured in the original video is extremely talented and again this is NOT an attack on him in anyway. His video may be 100% legitimate and if so I have the up most respect for him and I'm in total awe of his crazy talent.
So don't bash him or myself. All I want to do is let people not software savy know that looks can be deceiving.
You can find this photograph on google and it aligns with the finger painting on a per pixel level almost perfectly. There is a slight distortion on a broad and micro level which could be put down to a difference in image compression and or an easy adjustment made again in a program like Photoshop.