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Creating a Dialogue With Your Art

Lesson 14 from: Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Dialogue With Your Art

Lesson 14 from: Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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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.

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

Creating a Dialogue With Your Art

It's really important that we have a dialogue with our work, that our dialogue is happening openly between people. I know people and and there's no fault against this who release their work and their that's it, like it's theirs. They put it out there, but they don't want comments. They don't want feedback. There it is, and that's fine. But I think that a dialogue is important when we're speaking about art. From the standpoint of I want to affect somebody with what I'm doing, How can I do that? Will you open up the dialogue and a dialogue is really just two things put together. It's a provocation. It is me provoking you and then you responding to that provocation. That's what a dialogue is. Provocation can come in the form of a question. Discomfort, curiosity, shock. So many different things can cause a provocation in somebody even beauty. You may look at something and be awed by the beauty of it. That's your provocation. Now how will you respond to it? And a response could be looking a...

t it. That's your response. I've looked at it. I've responded by viewing it. Maybe you comment on it. Maybe you take action because of it. Maybe you saw an image of a sunrise. So the next day you wake up and you watch a sunrise that's taking action because of art. And as an artist, it is your job to provoke a response from the viewer. Be it little or big, uncomfortable or comfortable. It doesn't really matter as long as you understand what kind of response you want to provoke. And I think the best art knows that about itself. The best artists know what this art is meant to provoke from the person that they're sending it out to, And I think that's such a beautiful relationship to have with people viewing your art to say, I hope that this provokes something in you, whatever that may be. So then what's the goal of your image? Um, I think that when you take the creation of that goal to the extreme, make it as arresting as possible for the viewer. That's when you're going to achieve the goal that you have. You say What's my goal? What do I want them to do, What I want them to take action about Now make that as arresting as possible because art is generally fine. There's a lot of great art out there. There's a lot of good art. There's a lot of mediocre art. There is not a lot of really provoking art. So consider how you might address to that. And when I say provoking again, I don't mean controversial necessarily. I mean that it provokes a response. We can utilize verbal and nonverbal cues to provoke a response. The image might be the thing that provokes. Maybe what you write with it or what you say about it is the thing that provokes. So think about it beyond the art itself, How can you share in a way that provokes? What response do you want the viewer tohave? And then how do you want them to communicate that response? We have the ability to be very clear with the people viewing our art about how we want them to respond what we want them to dio, as opposed to you make something. You ship it off somewhere and you never, ever get to meet the people that are looking at it. We have that amazing ability. So think about the response now. Response comes from reaction and action. Everybody has a reaction to art, whether you ignore it or you look at it or you feel something or you don't it's a reaction no matter what, then you have to couple action with that reaction. So you react. Then you act. What's it going to be? How do you help people in that way to react and act to your art? Because most viewers will stop it. Reaction. And this is what causes lack of engagement with art is sometimes people stop with reaction because they don't know what else to Dio or they don't care enough. And that's okay. But I think that it's the job of the artist to then say, Well, I'm going to give you the tools to react to this in the way that I want you to or in the way that will be the most productive for our conversation. So as the artist putting your work out there, ask yourself, How can I give tools to my audience to take action in the way that I want them to? Then ask yourself, what is your call to action to your audience? You is the creator. What is your call to action if you had to write down which I am asking you to dio, if you had to write down what call to action you want people to have when they look at your work, What's it gonna be? I have a few images that I have put here that I want to show you in terms of the titles that I have associated with. Um, this is just one way that you can provoke a reaction and inaction from your audience. Titling is a really good way to lead people into a certain understanding of the work. This image that I'm showing you here is titled I got Trapped inside the House that I burned down myself and it's going to illicit a response from you because it's an evocative title. It is a title that you really have to read through. And then once you catch the meaning of it, you start your own associations with what that could mean to you and for you and what it has meant. This particular image is called. I blamed 100 hands for my violence. What does that mean to you? How do you associate with that even further because I could have just showed you this picture. But without the title, it leaves it more open ended. This image is a much simpler title. It's called offering. And what does that make you think of religion, perhaps giving to others? What does offering make you think of this image is called Risk Simple one word title, but it guides your thoughts in a certain way because we as artists, have the ability to guide our audience.

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Ratings and 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!

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