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Creating a Fine Art Series

Lesson 27 of 70

Conceptualization: Rainy Plexiglass

 

Creating a Fine Art Series

Lesson 27 of 70

Conceptualization: Rainy Plexiglass

 

Lesson Info

Conceptualization: Rainy Plexiglass

we're starting our second Samsara shoot, and this one's going to be really fun because we're using this piece of plexi glass. It's very bendable and safe, and I'm excited to use it because having some sort of barrier in between the camera and the subject, it means that they can interact with it. And it creates a literal sense of being trapped and having a barrier when there's something in between the camera and the subject. So that's what we're gonna play on today. Is this idea of the afterlife, and you might be thinking, Wait, how did you just make that leap into the afterlife? Well, Samsara, the Siri's is all about death and grief, and I thought that it would be fun to play with the barrier between life and death. And what does that look like? What does that barrier, and would you try to come back to life, or would you float away into death? That's a weird, heavy topic, isn't it? But let's keep it light and are going to shoot this and have fun. And the reason why this shot is so impo...

rtant to me is because a lot of this Siri's has to do with simple compositions, and this is going to really exemplify that. I think that when you have an image and a whole Siri's that talks about subjects that are super heavy, it can often be really nice to counter that with simple visuals so that it almost massages the brain a little bit while it's doing work in another area. We talked about having thematic follow through and visual follow through in a Siri's. But how do they complement each other? How do you have a theme that's really heavy? And then visuals that support that? Well, one way is to have the visuals feel really heavy, too, and in a way, these do because there's a lot of contrast, a lot of darkness. But in another way, they're extremely simple. There's just a dark backdrop, a single subject and then maybe a prop in the shot. So we're gonna really play with that today with this really fun piece of glass that we're going to use as a barrier. Now, I've got a slightly different wardrobe here, so I'm going to have you, Anna. And for those who didn't watch the other one, this is Anna. We're going to put this on just over your head and that's it. And we'll just let the fabric drape. And this is one of those pieces of fabric that I love to use because it doesn't have to be really complicated to have a really nice looking wardrobe. So this looks really elegant, really simple. And what I'm trying to do is to essentially say, the body doesn't really matter so much in this picture. It's almost gonna fade into the background anyway, So I'm not really concerned with what the body is doing as much as the hands and the face. So I'm gonna have the hands in the face pressed up against the glass. In this image, we're gonna play with a bunch of different pieces of texture. One, we're gonna play with the breath so breathing onto the glass and cannot create some sort of distortion. We'll play with water droplets on the glass, maybe some syrup on the glass and see how far we can take it. To add abstraction to this largely representational Siri's. We talked about representation versus abstraction. Representative art is art where the thing in the image is what it is. Abstract art means that you're taking away those landmark visuals that we associate with objects and we're replacing it with something abstract. So in this case, we're going more abstract. We will see a face, we will see hands. We will recognize that there's a barrier. But I want this to be very smooth, very ethereal, and really have the body blend away into the background. So let's see what we can dio. Um, I am going to have Karen come in, if you don't mind toe help Hold this glass up. I I love the texture at the bottom. This looks great. And Karen, why don't you come to this side just because of the lighting? So I have a light over here that I placed, which is just a simple led panel, and it's going to be, uh, just add a little bit of a pop of light from the side, which I think is really helpful for an image like this that doesn't have a lot of depth to it. And in fact, we're cutting some of that depth off with this piece of glass. So that's what I'm going to do with that light. Just making a little bit of a pop. We might even move it around and play with back lighting and see what that looks like. We're just gonna play right now and see how it goes. Because that's the most fun way of creating. I'm gonna get my baseline shot. I'm just gonna back up and get a shot without any materials in the frame or anything like that. And we will see how this looks. So if you wouldn't mind, you can stay. Sitting, however, is comfortable. Just lean with your hands against the glass and then kind of press your face against it. There you go. Perfect. S O okay. Ooh, I love this already. Okay. I'm gonna have you stand up on your knees now, actually, if you can, And what I'm correcting right now is something really simple. Which is that I don't want her body to be is close to the glass as her face and hands. So I'm gonna have you just back your knees up a little bit. Just a little, cause I don't want to fall forward or anything. And then it's gonna be pressed lightly on the glass. Okay, so now we have the body moving away from the glass and the hands coming forward. We're gonna do the same thing with the face so that the faces coming forward as well. And I think that what I want to do instead of having so much of a cheek pressed, I almost just want, like your upper lip pressed on it. So it's just kind of exactly like that. So press and then pulled down just a little. Perfect. Exactly. And then close your eyes for this one, I think. Great. Alright, so that's our first test shot. And I'm leaving my settings the same that they were from my last shots, which are 2 50 for my shutter speed F 4.0, and s 0 12 50. So nothing needs to change. It looks really awesome as it is. And let's just play with Cem. Pose right now to see what kind of pose we like before we add all these other weird elements to the shot that might get a little bit sticky, literally and figuratively. So I'm going to have you do that one more time and maybe just spread your hands in a different way. That's right. And what I'm doing here is I'm creating a sense of shape. Instead of everything being right in a line on the glass, we're gonna move the hands and we can probably play with that a few different times. Just moving the hands, even mawr. Dramatically pressing versus having soft hands. And we'll just see what looks good to start. So let's do a few different things like that. Great. And I am at a bad angle. So there we go. We're going to play with hands in a different position for the shot. So instead of creating one straight line of the head in the hands, we're gonna try to move them at different heights so that it creates new shapes and gives more visual interest to what is otherwise a very simple shot. So we're gonna have the hand staggered. We're gonna try hard hands, really pressed and some soft hands with just fingertips to see how all of that looks, because it's going to evoke different emotions. So let's give that a try whenever you're ready. Good. Awesome. Oh, I love it. Okay, let's try, um, like, really pressing. I know that you're there. You go. Awesome. Fantastic. Okay, Now let's try, um, let's try opening your mouth slightly and just breathing out onto the glass and we'll see if we can get a little bit of ah oh yeah, perfect. It's like it's the subtle little things. And I'm so excited about this because I know that this is what makes something connect to an audience when you have an image like this and there's that little detail that you could just feel it makes all the difference. Like somebody is going to look at this and see that detail and know what it feels like. Toe, exhale that breath and and you know that feeling so it creates more connection. So that was super exciting to me. Thio Just to get that shot because it adds abstraction and it adds connection. Um, and it looks so beautiful. So I really like that. Now we're going to try a couple more. Can you back up even further from the glass? Great. And again, I don't want you to fall, so let me know if you're too far okay and we'll have you. Let's just do one hand this time, actually, and you can bring the other one. Maybe just like around your stomach around your ribs. Exactly like that? Yeah. And then if you compress your face against it, do But are you too far, okay? Yeah, Let's go for that. Perfect. Oh, I love that. That's really beautiful. So now let's try to add some angle with your face. And can you turn your head that way slightly? Oh, yeah, that's perfect. And then a good exhale out. Perfect. Got that? Okay, great. So I think that we have enough shots to test here and these air looking awesome. So I'm going to try the water first. We'll try some water and see how that looks on it. So it's almost like this rainy barrier. And after that, we might try some syrup. Ben, who knows where this is going to go because we're playing. And it should be playtime, huh? Yeah, So I'm just gonna add the water, and right now I'm doing this light mist, but I wanna make sure to get some spots where it's gonna drip like that. There we go. And this is right about where her face will be. So I wanna make sure that's the most distorted part of the shot because the rest doesn't matter so much. It really just matters where she is. Okay, let's try that, and we'll do the same thing. Um What? Yeah. 02 hands again. I think that's good. Yeah. Okay, let's see if I can even see the water, which I think I can. Okay, I'm gonna take a look at that test shot to make sure that it's coming through. Oh, it totally is. And it looks even more abstract. So this is This is where what I want to do with the shot is the first shots were really beautiful, but not super abstract. But now that we've added the water wherever it's really cloudy, that's adding that sort of blur where it's dripping. It's adding this really creepy Dexter, do it. So I love that. And the addition of syrup is going to do that, but almost make it permanent. So where every but the syrup, the syrup is not coming off. That's why I'm gonna wait on that element of it. I also might want to try some clay. Just try some like hand prints on the glass to see how that goes to. So there are a lot of things that we could do right now to make this even more fun. I'm going to take the spray bottle and sprayed on the other side so that when she presses against it, it's really gonna smear the water there, too. So let's see. Okay, Okay. Oh, and it's really interesting because the backlight that we've added is doing even more now for the shot because there's water for it. Thio work through, and so that's making it stand out even more so. I really like this back light and I am going to change it soon. So we get a true backlight and not a sidelight. We'll just see how it looks both ways, Okay? Oh, yes. You know, we could see the fingerprints. Do you see how it's really coming through? Because it's wet now. And, you know, I just had an idea. Go ahead and move back with your head because this is a really interesting shot here where we've got just the hands and then the faces obscured in the background. So I'll just take a quick shot like that because I think that's super interesting. So

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.



Lessons

  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

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!