Negative Space Drawing Exercises

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In order to work with negative space the first thing you're going to need is a canvas. Learn about negative space drawing exercises with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Ray, I'm an artist. And I'm going to quickly show you a demonstration in the proper use of negative space. In order for us to get what negative space is first thing we're going to need is a canvas. So, let's just draw a simple square to represent the canvas. So, basically that's what we're going to do. Negative space is generally utilizing the negative space that's after drawing something there without losing the integrity of the drawing itself. So, for example we have a blank template here and what we're going to do is, let's say on this side we're going to draw an abstract woman, kind of abstract from behind, very general figure of a woman. So, the head, now we're going to go down into her shoulders and have her basically utilize this side of the, of the canvas. So, you see there's still negative space there. That's what negative space is. The character's here and everything else which is negative and not representative is over here. Now, let's say I want to add to the negative space. If I put another figure here, there's still negative space. So, let's say I'm going to put a gentleman over here next door. OK. The general abstract of a gentleman just from behind, general frame so that you get the idea that it is a man. OK. Now, you see here's the example. Now, we the two figures on either side and between them we have what would be considered the negative space. And for a drawing like this it's good because it symbolizes the distance between them. And that's the negative is needed to illustrate that. So, basically that's it. This is just an example of the usage of negative space.


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