Binge Watching Wicked Tuna and Art on My Laptop

I’ve asked myself, Why do I binge-watch Wicked Tuna?

What is it about Wicked Tuna that I find myself binge watching fishermen catching bluefin tuna in the Atlantic until their eyes dilate from lack of sleep? Is it the suspense waiting for a tuna to bite or holding my breath while the fishermen land the fish. It’s an epic tale until that tuna is landed and turned into a paycheck for Sushi and the Japanese marketplace.

Will that tuna make good Sushi? Does it have a clear core and does it have good fat in the majors and minors. I’m spellbound for an hour to see which boat catches the biggest and best fish each week. How much cash their fish brings determines which boat is ahead on the dollar scoreboard and wins the fishing season.

Wicked Tuna equals ocean waves, boats, and fish

Like a good movie, book, or adventure, the setting is key, and Wicked Tuna is set on the Atlantic, in fishing boats. No wonder I am mesmerized watching ocean waves and beautiful sunsets and sunny skies, all aboard a boat. What’s not to love?

Binge watching Wicked Tuna is Great for Working on my Laptop

Laptop art Edvard Munch's The Scream in pixels as transformative art in a frame
The Scream, my transformative take of the Munch masterpiece

Often, I am busy on my laptop designing digital art whenever I watch  Wicked Tuna on the National Geographic channel. If I end up with a completed sketch by the end of the program, I justify the bucket of time I dumped into watching TV.

Lately, I painted my version of The Scream, the iconic masterpiece by Edvard Munch. And I  designed a frame as I watched Wicked Tuna, which I painted with a Jelly Bean array of colors and not the classic Munch palette.

Surely the sunny waves and water inspired my bright colors as I painted.

 

Transformative Art of Edvard Munch The Scream

Digital transformative art in pixels of a masterpiece, Edvard Munch's The Scream
Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream painted 100 years ago inspired my attempt at transformative art with pixels and vectors

Why I Painted a Copycat version of The Scream

Normally, I would term my digital recreation of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream a copycat, but today to recreate the art or photographs of others in a surprising or an unexpected way is termed “transformative art.” Transformative art has a fair use copyright standing in many cases.

My transformative art of Edvard Munch’s The Scream came about after watching an Adobe Live downstream featuring a Photoshop Contest with free digital brushes, designed by Kyle T. Webster.  Kyle designed the brushes after seven Munch brushes curated at the Munch Museum/Oslo.

I downloaded the Munch digital brushes from Adobe for Photoshop, and had dreams of creating a piece of digital art in the Munch style for the Adobe contest. I made my sketch, and started to paint with my Wacom pen.

However, my computer is a dinosaur, with a slow processor. Every stroke I took with the Munch brushes was like watching a swath of color slowly populating across my screen. As grand as it was to play with the Adobe Munch brushes, it was far too tedious for me, so I abandoned my sketch.

The Scream by Munch has proved itself a timeless classic due to its original expression of a universal theme, panic. Munch painted from life. He was walking with two friends on a bridge, and suddenly he heard nature screaming at him and deafening his thoughts. It was a singular experience that found its way onto his canvas.

Munch painted four different versions of The Scream. One hangs in  Oslo at the Munch Museum.

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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.

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