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07-16-2000, 04:06 PM
Thought you might like to see this example of a negative space drawing - that is drawing where the figure *isn't* until the figure emerges. Very good for developing ability to see shapes correctly. Also letting the colour/tone of the paper do some of the work. And only uses one pastel! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
White pastel on black paper 26cm x 21cm (8 x 14 inches). Done from life model.
[This message has been edited by sandrafletcher (edited July 16, 2000).]
Thanks Sandra for submitting this piece. One of my assignments for this week in my drawing class is to do a negative space drawing. Your example is very helpful in helping me to understand what it should look like.
07-16-2000, 08:03 PM
Thanks for sharing...maybe we should do another group lesson learning about negative space drawing when we are done with Michael's lessons. Might help us to see shapes in another way...Whaddya say Sandra? Or maybe Michael can include it in his lessons series????
07-17-2000, 12:58 AM
Sandra - thanks for the submitted drawing. It is very helpful to see the shapes. And it is very cheap with one pastel. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif
07-17-2000, 06:13 AM
Sandra - I really like this drawing also! I don't recall doing any of these, so it is nice to see yours here. Really a good tool for helping artists see. I like your handling of this...very clear. I think it is an extremely good exercise for helping artists to see contours, porportional relationships, and of course..the nice negatives between the arm and body..and the figure and the chair. Glad you posted this one!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
07-22-2000, 05:21 PM
Deb, ReNae, Gerak and MichaelRH!
Thank you for your comments. I'm so glad you thought this was useful.
I decided to make my drawing this way because there was a very light conservatory and french doors beyond the model, so she made a darker shape against a light background. It was a shortish pose so I couldn't put in too much detail and it seemed like a natural choice to make a study of the negative shapes.
So, Deb ... how'd your assignment go?
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