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Creating a Fine Art Series

Lesson 1 of 70

Class Introduction


Creating a Fine Art Series

Lesson 1 of 70

Class Introduction


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Hello, everybody. My name is Brooke Shade in and Welcome Thio. Fine Art Siri's. This is a class all about how to create a fine art. Siri's and I specifically wanted to focus on a Siri's and even go in depth about how to innovate a Siri's because that is my favorite thing to do these days in photography. As you know, everyone changes, everything changes. And for me, what has changed the most is my desire to express an idea across multiple images. So that's what we're going to do in this class is we're going to talk about how to create an innovative, fine art Siri's, that connects to an audience, but also that connects to you and how you can take control over your narrative so that you can put your story out there in a way that's authentic and true to who you are while connecting with other people at the same time. So let's take a look at the syllabus and what we're going to learn during this class. We're going to talk a lot about artistic evolution, and what does that mean? And how does...

an artist evolved? And how can you take control over your evolution. So, for example, there's this idea that a lot of artists have that your timeline is linear, that as you go through your career, one thing will happen that will lead to another thing that will happen and so on and so forth. And it will build and build and build and get better and better and better. But in my opinion, artistic evolution is not always as linear as we think. So we're going to deconstruct nonlinear theory and how we balance that between letting a career unfold naturally versus guiding it. We're going to talk about artistic growth and what factors dictate growth that is both organic and structured, one or the other niche branding. How can we brand ourselves into something specific while not feeling tied down by that thing that we're trying to brand ourselves into, which is a constant problem for so many different artists? We're going to look at the milestones in my career and how that might relate to your career. I think that I'm hoping that breaking down all of those milestones that I have been through will shed some light on what has actually been really helpful. What has not been really helpful and so on and so forth. And then how can you get ahead if you feel behind? How can you start to flip the script on where you feel you land in the overall sort of, you know, scope of the industry, and how can you get ahead when you feel behind? After that, we're going to talk about conceptualization. How can you conceptualize your work both as a single image and as a Siri's so identifying meaning in your art? And then we're going to talk about idea fluency, which is one of my favorite new things to talk about. So I'm really excited. I've been talking everyone's ear off about it since I learned about it. We'll talk about that in a little bit, but basically, how can we get ideas quickly that are actually meaningful and use that as a practice of creativity? And then we're going to move into how can you represent and innovate an idea both for a Siri's and for a single image? How can you create a dialogue around your work so that people are talking about it and you're talking about it with other people? We're going Talk about storytelling across a Siri's. And how is that different from a single image? And then we're going to move on to some really fun hands on segments where we're going to talk about wardrobe and props and how we can make them ourselves and fashion different wardrobe and props out of really fun materials that I have here. So we're gonna talk about fabric in different dresses and things like that that are staples that work really well. We're even gonna talk about really fun things like wire sculpture and materials that you can use to add into your photography and how to build a prop that matches your vision. We're going to do five different photo shoots during this class. Five voter shoots will entail number one an image for my new Siri's. So my new series is called Samsara, and we will be talking all about how you can create a Siri's that is moody and interesting and provocative, and that elicits a response from people. So we're gonna talk about that by doing to photo shoots far Samsara. One of them involves a fish bowl and some flowers and some crack desert ground and the second one is going to involve a big sheet of plexiglass that we're going to play with in different ways to press a body up against it. It's gonna be super fun. And then for the next few images, we will be doing self portrait, and I'm actually going to give you those images. So the self portrait that I shoot there will be three of them, with three varying degrees of difficulty to edit. And then when we move into editing, you can edit those images alongside me while we do that later on. So that's going to be really fun. Um, and all of this to say, How do you create for a Siri's? So while we're shooting, we're going to focus on how does that work into a Siri's? What does that look like? Same for editing. When we go into our long editing segment, we're going to look at how do you edit cohesively for a whole Siri's? How do you edit provocatively? How do you enhance the idea that you are trying to edit by editing it with more precision and with more attention to detail composite blending? Of course, we can't forget compositing when it comes to editing, texture ing and really creating depth of atmosphere. That's what we're going to be focusing on for the editing portion and then finishing an image. So once you've shot it, conceptualized it and you've edited it. How do you really finish an image? And we're gonna look at a lot of fun things that you can do to create original work versus addition Dwork. And this is something that I haven't really talked about before, and I'm not trying to say that I'm an expert on alternative processes, but I am an expert at trying anything's more than a lot of people that I know. So trust me on that, that we're goingto have a really, really fun session about how to implying a caustic wax, how to apply paint to an image and how to really take the images that you've created and take them one step further to make your Siri's mawr abundant with creativity. And then finally, we're going to end the class with a segment on business branding and creating original prints. So how do you navigate the business of fine art and what does it mean to be a failure versus a sellout. And why do so many people feel that they fall into one category or the other? When it comes to business and fine art? We're gonna talk about how to connect your work through branding to an audience that loves your work and it loves you and how you can sort of put yourself at the center of that attention. We're gonna bring people into your narrative. We're going to talk about making a story around yourself and your work that really encapsulates what you're trying to do and say with the work that you're putting out there And then finally the business of creating original works and Siri's work. How do you get into galleries? How do you get people to take notice? And we're going to wrap all of that up in a bow that says that you are worth it. Your work is worth it, and I'm going to explain in perfect detail why I think that ISS So join me for this. It's going to be a really fun class. We're talking about how to create a fine art, Siri's, and I hope that you will love it.

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.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Overview of Brooke’s Journey

    How Brooke went from creating only for herself to building a multi-faceted career in fine art photography.

  3. Your Timeline is Nonlinear

    How to incorporate the idea of wealth into your journey as an artist.

  4. Using Curiosity and Intention to Build Your Career

    Too many people rely heavily on either intuition or goal setting as a means of propelling their career forward. Brooke believes that there is a blend between the two that sets most professionals apart.

  5. What Factors Dictate Growth

    A look at how improvement in the categories of technique, conceptualization, clarity of voice and vision, and impact all work together to create growth.

  6. Organic Growth vs. Forced Growth

    The most successful artists are able to use inspiration strategically to create innovative works that regularly impress their audience.

  7. Niche Branding

    If you brand yourself into a story, you will be less likely to fall victim to boredom within your branded niche.

  8. Brooke’s Artistic Evolution and Timeline

    Watch as Brooke shares every important event in the past eleven years as an artist to see which were the most helpful in propelling her career forward.

  9. How Can You Get Ahead if You Feel Behind?

    When you learn to celebrate small successes like they are big successes, you will rewire your brain to find optimism in the journey rather than pessimism.

  10. Ideation and Conceptualization to Identify Meaning in Your Art

    Walk through several categories of meaning to figure out how you create and how others perceive your creations. You will learn how to layer the concepts of your art, create controversy in your ideas, how to make viewers feel something, and figure out where you land on the scale of fixation.

  11. Idea Fluency

    Learn abou how your ability to generate many good ideas in a short time is directly influenced by brain science, and then learn how to control your own idea fluency through exercises.

  12. How to Represent an Idea

    Ideas are represented by four elements: visual, symbolic, experiences, and emotions. Learn how to control those elements in your work by figuring them out in your work.

  13. How to Innovate an Idea

    By examining your sense of style, sense of idea, and sense of innovation, we will walk through exercises to not only create what is in your mind, but to take it further to stir yourself and your audience.

  14. Creating a Dialogue With Your Art

    Dialogue comes from provocation and response. Take a look at how to provoke an audience through visual and thematic clues, and then how to issue a definitive call to action.

  15. Conceptualization For a Series vs. a Single Image

    Find out the differences between coming up with ideas for a single image vs. a series and see examples of series Brooke has created to deconstruct how they work.

  16. Transforming a Single Image Into a Series

    A look at how to take a single idea and transform it into a cohesive series by focusing on visuals, theme, and through-line.

  17. How to Tell a Story in a Series

    Storytelling can unfold thematically, abstractly, linearly, and/or concretely. Here you will look at how story structure can help create a more impactful series.

  18. How to Create Costumes From Fabric

    Look at which fabrics work best for costuming, how color plays a role in costume selection, and how to tea dye or coffee stain costumes.

  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.

  20. Using Paint and Clay as Texture in an Image

    Brooke will demonstrate how creating texture on both skin and costumes can create a more dynamic look in the final image.

  21. Create Physical Elements in an Image

    Brooke will share ideas of how to create sculptural elements in your images, like using wire, paper mache, and more.

  22. Shooting for a Fine Art Series

    How you can create cohesion and conceptual flow across images in a series.

  23. Conceptualization: Flowery Fish Bowl in the Desert

    A description of the image being created and why it is conceptually and visually relevant to the rest of the series.

  24. Wardrobe and Texture

    How to choose wardrobe based on the concept of the image, and how to add texture to make the image more visually appealing.

  25. Posing for the Story

    Brooke will photograph three different poses, each one changing the story of the image, to demonstrate how pose can alter the viewer’s perception of the series.

  26. Choosing an Image

    Brooke will explain why she chose one image over another to demonstrate the need for angles and dynamic movement within an image.

  27. Conceptualization: Rainy Plexiglass

    A description of the image being created and why it is conceptually and visually relevant to the rest of the series.

  28. Posing for the Story

    Brooke walks through poses that become more and more complex, from posing the model behind a Plexiglas sheet, then adding water, then adding syrup.

  29. Creating Backlight

    Using a portable LED light, Brooke moves the light from the side to the back to create a more abstract image.

  30. Photo Shoot #1 - Creating a Simple Composite
  31. Photo Shoot #2 - Creating a Dynamic Composite
  32. Photo Shoot #3 - Creating a Storytelling Composite
  33. Shooting the Background Images
  34. Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Working With Backgrounds
  35. Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Retouching the Subject
  36. Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Color Grading
  37. Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Floor Replacement Texture
  38. Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Final Adjustments
  39. Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Cropping and Editing Backgrounds
  40. Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Selective Adjustments
  41. Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Adding Texture + Fine Tuning
  42. Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Compositing Models
  43. Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Expanding Rooms
  44. Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Color
  45. Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Exposure
  46. Editing Composite Shoot #2- Masking Into Backgrounds
  47. Editing Composite Shoot #2- Creating Rooms in Photoshop
  48. Editing Composite Shoot #2- Compositing Hair
  49. Editing Composite Shoot #2- Global Adjustments
  50. Editing Composite Shoot #3- Blending Composite Elements
  51. Editing Composite Shoot #3- Advanced Compositing
  52. Editing Composite Shoot #3- Cleanup
  53. Materials for Alternative Processes

    Brooke shows some materials she uses for alternative processes, or applying texture to an image after it is printed. She shows oil paints, wax, and more.

  54. Oil Painting on Prints

    A look at applying oil paints to canvas prints and how that adds value to original prints.

  55. Encaustic Wax on Prints

    A look at applying encaustic wax to canvas prints and how that adds value to original prints.

  56. Failure vs. Sell Out

    Brooke shares how the most successful artists straddle a line between personal work and consideration of audience.

  57. Create Art You Love and Bring an Audience To You

    When you identify areas of your process and craft that are non-negotiable vs. negotiable, you begin to identify how you can work best with clients and what you need to keep sacred.

  58. Branding Yourself Into a Story

    When you consider that branding is a mixture of personality, art, storytelling, and business, you can feel more at ease with your brand not just being one single thing.

  59. The Artistic Narrative

    Defining what stories you want to tell about yourself directly influences how you tell the story of your brand through your business.

  60. Get People to Care About Your Story

    Your brand must inherently bring interest and value to the people who are viewing it. Take a look at how you can begin down that journey.

  61. Get People to Buy Your Story

    From identifying your clientele to figuring out how you can meet their needs, shifting someone from an admirer of your art to a patron of your business is important in becoming a full time artist.

  62. Getting Galleries and Publishers to Take Notice

    Steps we can take to get representatives to pay attention, like the importance of regular interaction and becoming a resource.

  63. Pricing For Commissions
  64. Original Prints vs. Limited Edition Prints vs. Open Edition Prints

    Brooke goes through the benefits of selling original prints and how they can be done simply to add to your arsenal as an artist.

  65. Class Outro
  66. Live Premiere
  67. Live Premiere: Layers of Depth 1
  68. Live Premiere: Layers of Depth 2
  69. Live Premiere: Q&A
  70. Live Premiere: Photo Critique


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!