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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Conceptualization For a Series vs. a Single Image

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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Lesson Info

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.

Lessons

Class Trailer
1 Class Introduction 07:25 2 Overview of Brooke’s Journey 20:13 3 Your Timeline is Nonlinear 05:37 4 Using Curiosity and Intention to Build Your Career 03:26 5 What Factors Dictate Growth 08:24 6 Organic Growth vs. Forced Growth 05:18 7 Niche Branding 04:57 8 Brooke’s Artistic Evolution and Timeline 24:27
9 How Can You Get Ahead if You Feel Behind? 10:02 10 Ideation and Conceptualization to Identify Meaning in Your Art 05:54 11 Idea Fluency 10:33 12 How to Represent an Idea 07:01 13 How to Innovate an Idea 07:07 14 Creating a Dialogue With Your Art 05:48 15 Conceptualization For a Series vs. a Single Image 03:43 16 Transforming a Single Image Into a Series 03:12 17 How to Tell a Story in a Series 03:28 18 How to Create Costumes From Fabric 07:20 19 Brooke’s Most Useful Costumes 02:19 20 Using Paint and Clay as Texture in an Image 02:56 21 Create Physical Elements in an Image 10:22 22 Shooting for a Fine Art Series 05:45 23 Conceptualization: Flowery Fish Bowl in the Desert 04:08 24 Wardrobe and Texture 04:54 25 Posing for the Story 05:32 26 Choosing an Image 01:23 27 Conceptualization: Rainy Plexiglass 11:34 28 Posing for the Story 04:17 29 Creating Backlight 02:37 30 Photo Shoot #1 - Creating a Simple Composite 17:51 31 Photo Shoot #2 - Creating a Dynamic Composite 06:31 32 Photo Shoot #3 - Creating a Storytelling Composite 07:40 33 Shooting the Background Images 06:14 34 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Working With Backgrounds 24:35 35 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Retouching the Subject 04:20 36 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Color Grading 02:45 37 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Floor Replacement Texture 15:24 38 Editing Samsara Shoot #1 - Final Adjustments 03:21 39 Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Cropping and Editing Backgrounds 05:25 40 Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Selective Adjustments 03:55 41 Editing Samsara Shoot #2 - Adding Texture + Fine Tuning 03:21 42 Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Compositing Models 06:58 43 Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Expanding Rooms 02:17 44 Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Color 02:47 45 Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Exposure 04:04 46 Editing Composite Shoot #2- Masking Into Backgrounds 10:45 47 Editing Composite Shoot #2- Creating Rooms in Photoshop 06:11 48 Editing Composite Shoot #2- Compositing Hair 05:07 49 Editing Composite Shoot #2- Global Adjustments 04:49 50 Editing Composite Shoot #3- Blending Composite Elements 05:00 51 Editing Composite Shoot #3- Advanced Compositing 08:46 52 Editing Composite Shoot #3- Cleanup 03:34 53 Materials for Alternative Processes 06:20 54 Oil Painting on Prints 05:41 55 Encaustic Wax on Prints 03:09 56 Failure vs. Sell Out 05:14 57 Create Art You Love and Bring an Audience To You 03:35 58 Branding Yourself Into a Story 05:40 59 The Artistic Narrative 05:26 60 Get People to Care About Your Story 03:36 61 Get People to Buy Your Story 11:36 62 Getting Galleries and Publishers to Take Notice 03:41 63 Pricing For Commissions 06:43 64 Original Prints vs. Limited Edition Prints vs. Open Edition Prints 02:11 65 Class Outro 01:00 66 Live Premiere 16:14 67 Live Premiere: Layers of Depth 1 04:41 68 Live Premiere: Layers of Depth 2 07:12 69 Live Premiere: Q&A 16:10 70 Live Premiere: Photo Critique 47:33

Lesson Info

Conceptualization For a Series vs. a Single Image

How do we conceptualize a Siri's versus a single image? There's a difference. There has to be a difference when you focus on a single image, then you really focus on theme and visual theme is the idea of the image, and visuals are the visuals of the image. So you have an idea, and you represent that visually. And then that tends to be how we work with a single image idea. Visual done. A Siri's, though, requires you to focus on theme and visual. Of course, yes, but then toe add a through line. What is going to be the story that takes place through all of the images in the Siri's? You have an idea. You have a visual now. How do you stretch that across multiple images? Theme is just the overarching idea behind an image. So it's really just I have an idea. This is it, blah. Whatever you want to say. One word. Two words a sentence. That's your theme visual, You know, photographic elements. How do they come together to tell the story of that theme? But then the through line is making sure th...

at each image builds depth and diversity into the story while knitting together clues that point to a theme. So when you're talking about through line, you're saying, Okay, I've got this really cool image. Maybe, like I'm just thinking of one of mine. Maybe it's me standing in a field covered in butterflies. The theme is transformation. The visual is butterflies all over me. But then how do I extend that through a whole entire Siri's? Well, maybe I come up with ideas like, Okay, I'm going to have I'm gonna be covered in fewer and fewer butterflies until they're all flown away. Maybe that's one wayto represent a through line of a story of transformation. So think about the through line is a really important tool here. When it comes to a Siri's. This Siri's that I'm showing you is begin again. My most recently finished Siri's, and this is all about identity. So this whole Siri's there's a single theme. The theme is identity, and they're all visually represented. Pretty similar. They all take place in a field. They're all foggy. They all have this yellow tone over them, and they're all self portrait with this antique dress. Now the props differ, and that's how the through line continues through this story. You have this theme of identity represented visually in all those ways that I just mentioned. But the through line is examining how we deal with the theme of identity in our lives, by wearing a mask by looking in the mirror and by wearing a veil. And that's why you see all of these images here. So theme is identity. The visual is monochromatic, antique, foggy, but the through line is different ways of hiding ourselves from ourselves behind a mask in a mirror and behind a veil. This is the Siri's fourth wall, which I already showed you, and there's a lot of consistency within this Siri's. It all takes place in this one room with no windows or doors. There's a single subject in the center of the frame, and then all these different elements that I brought in. So the theme of Fourth Wall is secrets, things that you feel you can't tell anybody else, but that your thinking in your mind, something about you that makes you feel trapped. The visual is that they all take place in a square room shot from above. There are all trapped, all the subjects air trapped in some way, and I use abstract materials in every room the through line, then combining the theme and visual across all of them is that there are different representations of the things that we don't tell others, so there's always always a through line.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • 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

ABOUT BROOKE'S CLASS:

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.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • 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.

SOFTWARE USED:

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


ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

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.



Reviews

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!