Positive and Negative space drawings
Positive space refers to objects themselves.
Negative space refers to the shapes of spaces between and around objects.
- an artist’s journal, unlined notebook, or piece of paper
- pencil, 8B pencil, blending stump
- a chair or stool
Negative Space Drawing of a Stool
This YouTube video is a great demo of this exercise.
- Carefully look for the negative spaces and recreate the space on your sketchpad.
- be careful to ensure that the spaces between are accurate and correctly lined up.
- you can use a ruler to make sure your lines are line up properly
- take one colour and colour in the negative spaces. You can practice working on value. Press harder to create a darker value close to the stool and as you pull away ease up on your pressure to lighten the value.
Here is my attempt at a negative space piano stool
Reflections on the Exercise
- This was so hard!
- Need to start with a neutral background behind the object to reduce visual noise.
- Get a good angle on the stool before you start to draw – maybe next time, use a simpler stool.
- I used the 8B pencil and blending stump to do shading and go around the outline at the end
- This exercise takes longer than a lot of the others. This is best done when I’m not feeling rushed.