Positive & Negative Space

In my classes I enjoy teaching students more than just the skill of drawing.  Learning to see is the first skill you need to draw better.  One subject I introduce is positive and negative space.  In real life positive is anything you can touch and feel while negative is the air around the objects.  In art, positive is what the artist wants the viewer to see by making it dominant.  Negative is the background to the focal point which is considered less important.    In art we can create forms using positive or negative shapes or even interchangeable.  By using your imagination an artist can alter the space and create new and exciting designs.  Below are three examples of designs that manipulate positive and negative space. Cutler Whitmore and Elaine Pu both used marker as their media.

Cutler Whitmore.14yrs.marker.2015

Cutler Whitmore.14yrs.marker.2015

Cutler Whitmore.14yrs.marker

Cutler Whitmore.14yrs.marker

Elaine Pu.13yrs.marker

Elaine Pu.13yrs.marker

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