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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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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.


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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

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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


  • 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!