If you haven't ever heard of drawing negative space, it's likely that you haven't taken an art class. Don't worry though, there's still time! Drawing negative space should be one of the fundamental exercises for a beginner, but also for an artist at any age. I remember first drawing negative space in an 8th
grade art class. My teacher made us draw from our desk, the view
around his head, as I recall. Then, the space around other objects,
like chairs, and some more organic shapes. It was eye opening to find
that I could render an image by drawing the space around it! The
important thing he was always telling us was, "Stop fretting over not
being able to draw a chair!! Drawing is about shapes, the shapes that
make up the subject, and the shapes that make up the background. The
Subject is your positive space, and the rest is your negative space.
So, just draw the shapes around your subject, and you will have the
chair you are trying to draw! Eventually, you will begin to understand
how a given subject is formed and it will become easier and easier!"
This is part of my 31 days of rhinos, an adventure into the history of art, the various genres, techniques and exercises that enhance our world!
Media: Prismacolor marker on paper
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