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Creating a Fine Art Series

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How to Tell a Story in a Series

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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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.


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1 Class Introduction Duration:07:25
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

Lesson Info

How to Tell a Story in a Series

once we thought about ideation and conceptualization through a Siris of images. We have to think about how to tell a story in a Siri's, and this is kind of a fun thing to approach because there are multiple ways that we could do it. Story can unfold thematically or abstract Lee linearly Concrete Lee There are so many ways that we can represent story across time. Ah, story could be representative time. So like your story might be, there's a beginning, a middle and an end. You're following a character or time is passing in the Siri's. That's a really fun way to make a Siri's. I've seen some amazing documentary Siri's that, you know, contain the passage of time for somebody. There's a beginning, a middle and an end. There's a story arc, and that's a really great way of creating. But equally a story in a Siri's could just elaborate on a single idea. That's actually how I work is I elaborate on single ideas, so I have a single theme, and then my Siri's is all about that theme. The timeline ...

of it doesn't make any difference. It doesn't really matter if you view one before the other because it's all about representing a theme individually in different ways. So that's kind of how I like to work. But your your Siris of images, I want you to think of it not as having to tell a story, but as feeling a story as feeling your way through whatever the ark is that you're creating, whatever that through line is. And that could be a much more accessible way of thinking about story. Instead of saying who it has to have a beginning, middle and end, or I have to create a character. No, you don't. It just has toe have a sense of emotion in the through line. Each image convey, build on feeling, or it can provide a road map for emotions to follow. So maybe it's really obvious how you're supposed to feel. Maybe it's not. But what you're doing is you're giving someone the tools to be able to emote with the images every single time they view it, and you could do that many different ways through the images themselves, without really having to tell the viewer very much about what you're doing. Um, you can write about it. An artist statement, for example, lots of different ways that you might be able to communicate that emotional roadmap to people. When we think about conceptualization, we have to think about the understanding of ideation, because ideation the coming up of ideas leads to image fluency. It leads us to be able to say I have ideas. Ideas are abundant because I have a creativity practice idea. Fluency leads to greater image connection, because when you can come up with many really deep ideas, then you're more likely to find one that resonates globally or with whoever you want it to resonate with. Image connection then leads to a better understanding of art and more successful images. The more we can understand every facet of art and everything that you're doing and what you're putting into, that how it connects to people in a deeply psychological way. Then you can begin to create a dialogue and impact and innovation, and all of that is vital to conceptualization. So I hope that you will consider how you can make a Siris of images may be in for 10 air. If you're being more ambitious, that's fine at Minimum five and start to come up with ways that you can make a Siri's that's authentic to you that creates a dialogue and that practices innovation.

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!