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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Brooke’s Most Useful Costumes

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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19. Brooke’s Most Useful Costumes
See which costumes Brooke uses again and again and how to build a costume wardrobe with a few essentials that won’t break your budget.


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3 Your Timeline is Nonlinear Duration:05:37
5 What Factors Dictate Growth Duration:08:24
7 Niche Branding Duration:04:57
11 Idea Fluency Duration:10:33
12 How to Represent an Idea Duration:07:01
13 How to Innovate an Idea Duration:07:07
22 Shooting for a Fine Art Series Duration:05:45
24 Wardrobe and Texture Duration:04:54
25 Posing for the Story Duration:05:32
26 Choosing an Image Duration:01:23
28 Posing for the Story Duration:04:17
29 Creating Backlight Duration:02:37
33 Shooting the Background Images Duration:06:14
54 Oil Painting on Prints Duration:05:41
55 Encaustic Wax on Prints Duration:03:09
56 Failure vs. Sell Out Duration:05:14
58 Branding Yourself Into a Story Duration:05:40
59 The Artistic Narrative Duration:05:26
61 Get People to Buy Your Story Duration:11:36
63 Pricing For Commissions Duration:06:43
65 Class Outro Duration:01:00
66 Live Premiere Duration:16:14
69 Live Premiere: Q&A Duration:16:10
70 Live Premiere: Photo Critique Duration:47:33

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Brooke’s Most Useful Costumes

I do have some staple costumes, and my staple costumes usually include about 3 to 4 things that I always have on hand. And if I'm being honest, I don't really use anything else in my work. I might swap my dresses out from time to time, but in general I don't really worry about having a ton of wardrobe. There was a time when I had 60 dresses in my wardrobe and that was a lot and I used maybe 5% of them. So I dwindled it down. And now I have just a few that I love, that I use all the time, and that's what you're looking at here. So the first thing that I have is a solid, bright colored dress, and this is what I would use a lot of the time if I want to change the color because this dress is bright red and it has a nice texture to it because it's velvet, it's got two things going for it. One is the natural texture. The other one, though, is that because it's bright red, I can easily in Photoshop turned this any other color that I want whatsoever. It will easily change colors with the repla...

ce color tool. So that's a staple, a solid color dress that's bright. The next one is a solid color neutral dress, which is what you see here. And this gray dress is perhaps my most used costume that I have ever had. I got this dress for about $10 at a vintage sale, probably eight years ago, nine years ago, and I have used this dress in so many different ways. I have used it short and long by extending it in Photoshop. I've used it blue and red and gray and white and black every color because I changed the color of it. And because it has this gorgeous, um, pattern to it, I think that it translates really well to imagery by adding natural texture into the image. I always have to go to Nightgown, and it changes from year to year because nightgowns tend not to be too expensive. But this is my nightgown, um, that I used time and time again because it's really, really see through. It has the gorgeous lace on it, and it's neutral again. That's really what I'm going for. Does this have a time period associated with it or not. And to me, this one doesn't have enough of a time period to feel like it dates the work so that that's kind of my go to in terms of dresses.

Class Description


  • Beat “creator's block” by practicing exercises to help you overcome it
  • Conceptualize a series that nails story, emotion, and connection
  • Execute a low-budget, high-impact photoshoot for your series
  • Edit your images for series cohesion and seamless compositing
  • Brand yourself and your art into a story that others can connect with


Creating a fine art body of work can be daunting when you consider that a great series has innovative ideas, cohesive editing, and an undeniable connection to an audience. During this class, Brooke will walk through the entire process of creating a fine art series, from conceptualization, shooting, and editing to branding and pricing. The success of a body of work comes from the artist’s ability to go beyond the connection to an audience; it must land in the heart of the viewer and then instill a call to action within them. Brooke will lead you through not only how to make your work relatable, but how to take that extra step to become unforgettable, and ultimately, sellable.


  • Intermediate creators who want to focus on personal work and find a deeper level of creating.
  • Creators who not only want to tighten the cohesion of their work but ensure that the full depth of meaning is communicated.
  • Artists who want to learn simple yet effective ways of creating a body of personal work.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (v21.2.4) and Adobe Bridge CC 2020 (v10.1.1)


Brooke explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears.

After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.

Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see who her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes, and experience into a representation of one's potential.

While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.

Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

*This course contains artistic nudity.


a Creativelive Student

Brooke never fails to deliver. I found this course superb from start to finish. From exercising your creative 'muscle', demystifying taking self portraits, and showing that they don't have to be perfect before you begin editing, to walking you through her editing process and how to price your work. Brooke's enthusiastic personality and excitement about the work shines through it all. Definitely recommended!

Søren Nielsen

Thank for fantastic motivating an very inspiring. The story telling and selling module was very helpful - thanks from Denmark

Rebecca Potter

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Brooke for this amazing class. Inspired and so full of practical knowledge, this is the best class I've ever watched. You have given me the confidence to pursue what I've always been afraid to do. Watch this space!