I used Kyle's brushes for the background: the sky, mountains and the abyss and the Sunset shades, bloody and fiery as I imagine how these times of day look like in the North. The brushes are a delight to use. I also used it on the characters (Munch and "Screamer"), along with some of the regular PS brushes.
As for the characters, I made a small figure of Munch himself based on his self-portrait "Night Wanderer", which is public domain. I love his face there because it looks tormented and assertive at the same time, as if he were waking up in the middle of the night to check around. I know he had light eyes, not sure if blue or green (all we have is black and white pictures and portraits where it is hard to distinguish), and I opted for blue because it reminds me of my own Father, who was physically a bit similar to Munch (and who, in his old age, would get up in the middle of the night just to check if everything was "in order"). It is a quite hard to reproduce shade of blue/aqua, but this here was the best I could do so far.
Still for Munch's figure , I used a mix of Kyle's and PS brushes, painting on different layers over the original "Night Wanderer", and adding a top hat and more complementary shades to reflect the multicoloured sky and those imaginary Northern lights. As for the "Screamer" (or Spectre) he seems to be disappearing near Munch's presence, right beside him, like an elusive troll. It seems they both are indeed the one and same figure, but now Munch has a cordial relationship with his "nemesis": his anxieties, panic attacks, depressions and fears. So, after that loud, painful Scream, it comes some peace, old age and grey hair, and a deep, profound Silence. From his strives with depression and mental illness, I wanted to show Munch victorious, as he definitely was, throughout his works and life that are now part of our History - and our own lives. This is what I learned from him, but everyone has their own experience, their own lesson.
The original picture file is 300dpi in A3 format, as requested, and will also be provided if needs be.
I have read some books about Munch's life while working on this project and they provided a fascinating look on the artist's experiences and insights, as well as a great entertainment:
- "The Private Journals of Edvard Munch", edited & translated by J. Gill Holland, Terrace Books **.
Finally, for the little museum shot, I have used Adobe Stock images, as suggested by Kyle in his video. However I skipped the craquelure because it was interfering with the sky colour somehow. And here it is, just for the fun of it: