Cow Screams illustration by Patricia Wiskur

Free Munch Digital Brushes and Scream 5 Contest

Munch The Scream 5th Contest Sponsored by Adobe

Scream by Edvard Munch in pixels
Scream by Munch in Pixels

Edvard Munch’s The Scream is one of the most recognizable paintings ever. One of his four renditions of The Scream hangs in the Oslo Munch Museum, which houses the largest collection of Munch works in existence. The museum has also curated seven of his priceless brushes.

In collaboration with the museum, Adobe commissioned artist and art teacher Kyle T. Webster to replicate digital versions of Edvard’s brushes for Adobe Photoshop CC and Sketch. These digital brushes and tutorials are available to you free from Adobe.

Adobe sponsored a contest for a Scream 5 in July 2017, and offered these brushes for artists to create their own digital masterpiece, one inspired by the iconic Munch masterpiece. A print of the winning art would be exhibited at the museum next to Edvard’s The Scream.

Update: Contest ended August 1, 2017. See entries for Munch 5th on Adobe’s Behance.

Do Over with Kyle’s Brushes in the Munch Style

Cow Screams Fenced In. Painting in the mood of Edvard Munch
Cow Screams Fenced In. Painting in the mood of Edvard Munch

My first digital painting, Cow Screams, with Kyle T. Webster’s Munch brushes in Photoshop was too much to ask of my duo core processor. I need a do-over. Like Munch, who rendered The Scream four times – his most colorful being in pastels – I will need further attempts and a new computer – to perfect the concept and style of the neighborhood cow who says hello when I drive past the golf course.

Munch’s Color Palette

    Base colors in Much’s historical palette (from my reading):

  • Lead white
  • Zinc white
  • Artificial ultra marine
  • Vermilion
  • Red lake
  • Red ocher
  • Emerald green
  • Chrome yellow
  • Zinc yellow
  • Cobalt blue

I sampled palette colors from Edvard’s masterpieces with my eyedropper tool in Photoshop, and came up with an array of colors in different tints and hues to inspire a digital painting for Adobe’s Scream 5th Contest.

Sampled colors from Edvard Munch's paintings
Sampled colors from Edvard Munch’s paintings

Who Is Edvard Munch?

Norwegian painter and printer, Dec. 12, 1863 – June 23, 1944

Although I am mesmerized by The Scream, I am unfamiliar with the artist. That  prompted me to Google Edvard Munch. It was fascinating to read how his art defined him and transcended personal loss, from an overshadowing father to the deaths of both his mother when he was five and his favorite sister in her teens from tuberculosis. Another sister exhibited mental illness during her young life. And illness followed Edvard throughout his youth.

Other challenging events shaped his persona and led him to a painting style of expressionism and symbolism. His paintings do not celebrate ancillary esthetics of nature and mankind but rather evoke psychological themes. People in his paintings are more symbolic than realistic.

“Illness, insanity, and death were the black angels that kept watch over my cradle and accompanied me all my life.” -Edvard Munch

Rebuffing marriage, Edvard referred to his paintings as his children. He preferred to keep and treasure his art rather than sell it. At his death at age 80, he bequeathed his phenomenal, personal collection to the city of Oslo, numbering over 1,000 paintings, nearly 5,000 drawings, and some 18,000 prints.Beaded bar icon

Kyle T. Webster Brushes now part of Adobe Creative Cloud

Exciting news from Adobe: Since all the fan fair over Kyle’s brushes, Adobe CC has purchased the vast array of Kyle Webster’s digital brushes and is now the sole distributor. Being a painter and art instructor himself, Kyle’s brushes have revolutionized digital painting. These valuable tools give digital artists one more reason to subscribe to Photoshop/Adobe CC.


 Looking Back at the Edvard Munch 5 Adobe Contest

Loved this contest. I am contest crazy whenever the contest feeds a creative whim within me and nudges me to create in a new genre and with new insights.

Edvard Munch created four versions of The Scream. Adobe challenged designers to create the 5th version with its digital brushes in The Adobe 5th Scream Contest, June 15-July 14.

    • Fabulous prizes were awarded:
  • 6,000 euros
  • All-expense-paid trip to Adobe Max in Las Vegas
  • Creative Cloud 1-year subscription and 100 Adobe Stock images
  • All-expense-paid trip to the Munch Oslo Museum, where the winning masterpiece is displayed next to an original of “The Scream.”

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Patricia Wiskur

My love for art comes from years in the studio of Wiskur Productions, with my husband, Darrell Wiskur, a designer and photographer. Also, I was an editor and photographer in the real world for 17 years ... all the while, thankful for an artful life and cherished memories. Photos are ©2018 Darrell D. Wiskur