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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Using Curiosity and Intention to Build Your Career

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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Lesson Info

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.

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

Using Curiosity and Intention to Build Your Career

now, curiosity is my favorite topic. I love curiosity. I think that if everyone in the world were more curious than we would have a much more interesting world, and I think that there is there to conversations to be had about curiosity. There's curiosity in the form of organic growth, and there's curiosity in the form of stimulated growth or growth that you really take control over. Essentially, curiosity is the most wonderful thing that we could never embrace. If you do so with intention, if the way that you explore curiosity really, really has a purpose to it, then you're going to find this amazing marriage of the two things that cause success in people, which is curiosity mixed with intent. And when you can mix those two things, you are on the way. So curiosity is essentially intuition. If the word curious doesn't resonate with you, maybe intuition does. It's that little voice inside of you. It's your guts saying, Do this thing go forth and paint and sing and dance and I don't know,...

be an accountant if you want. I just had a really funny conversation with my mother in law, and I said, What's your dream job if you could do anything and she said I would be an accountant and I like my heart sank. I was like an accountant, but But there are so many creative things to do in the world. And she said, But I love accounting and I love that because it was such a perspective shift for me, you know, that was her intuition. Like that was her first answer. And it doesn't matter what your first answer is. Whatever it is, be honest with yourself. What is your curiosity? What is your intuition telling you and follow that thing? Even if it sounds like something that maybe you would put down or you think wouldn't be accepted in society, it's okay, whatever that ISS. So the flipside of curiosity is intention. Intention, really is your goals. It's it's what can you set forth to do? That gives you some guidance with your curiosity, And it's really funny because I think of sort of two types of people with curiosity. I think of one type who is like, I'm just gonna do whatever I want all the time. Nothing matters. I don't answer to anybody, and then there are other people who are so focused on intent. I have goals I have, Dr. I have dreams. I'm gonna achieve them. And I think that in my opinion, the best artists are the people who combine those two things. I like to say that intention is testing. It's being able to say, Okay, here's where I wanna be now how can I get to that place and you test? You put things out there and you see how it reads and you see how people receive it. You see how it feels for you. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not asking yourself What do I want to do with my day? Just like every single day you wake up, What do you want to do, like what you want to spend your time doing? Do you want to sit at your computer all day and never look away like my husband? Do you wanna go play in the forest and get thorns all in your feet and be dirty like me? Maybe that's your thing. What do you want to spend your day doing? Literally. Our tow. Our It's important because if you don't consider that, then you may find yourself in a job that sounds good but really does not support your interests.

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.



Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Worksheets.pdf

Student Practice Images (large 1.9gb zip file)

Ratings and Reviews

Student Work

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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!