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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Transforming a Single Image Into a Series

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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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.


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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

Transforming a Single Image Into a Series

How, then do you go from a single image to a Siri's? Here's an example with fear. So let's say that the idea is fear and we have to write down ways that we can represent fear visually. So I came up with shadows, darkness, heights, loneliness, things that we fear. Um, I think that shadows would be the most fun Thio visually represent. So that's what I'm choosing. How can you best portray that fear? You have the theme of fear. You have shadows. What could you dio? And I want you to think about this. I'm not going to give an example, because fixation So I don't wanna fixate on my example. I want you to just think for yourself. How would you take this theme of fear and a visual representation in the shadows? And what would you do with it? I would love to hear what you would do with it. What would your image be? And then how can you expand that into a Siri's? How can you create that through line of what it's going to look like from one image to another image to another image to make a Siri'...

s? Consider if you're going to expand the idea or the visual and or both, because that's very valid from one image to the next, you might think. OK, well, you know, the theme is gonna be different for each one, but visually, they're going to look very cohesive. Totally valid way of creating or the opposite. The visuals are going to be pretty different, but the theme is gonna be, ah, meditation on the same idea the whole time, totally valid. But when you do both and you're able to expand the theme and the visuals altogether across time across that Siri's, you're going to succeed, perhaps more so at engaging an audience and getting them to really understand more deeply how the images are connected, which is what we really want. If you put all of the Siri's images together without explanation, would it be clear that they were made to go together? That's really the question that you wanna ask, because if it's not clear, then you know somebody who owns a gallery and they're looking at your images to put in a show. They're gonna think, well, patrons are gonna walk in and be confused. They're not gonna understand this is all the same, artists, perhaps, or understand how they go together. And people need that kind of sense of expectation. Okay, these images were made for me to look at them together. Now what is the story that I'm going to see? So think about that as you move forward. If you explained the theme of your Siri's, do you think that you could find the thematic connections or that a stranger could find the thematic connections? If you said this is the theme, do you see it? Do you see how all of these images represent that? And that's always a good Touchstone Tohave. I always aim for 10 10 images in a Siri's, but it could be more or less, I would say more than three and any amount you want. But Curation is really important when it comes to a Siri's, because a lot of people include multiple images from a single photo shoot in the Siri's, when really it's not necessary as the as the viewer somebody in taking that Siri's, we just need to see the single best representation. Learning how to curate is key

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!