How to Observe Negative Space

This assignment is taken from Betty Edward's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

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How to Observe Negative Space
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Observe the chair through your view finder. Zoom in and out until the chair touches 2 or more sides of the view finder.

Observe the chair through your view finder. Zoom in and out until the chair touches 2 or more sides of the view finder.

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Mark your view finder where the chair touches.

Mark your view finder where the chair touches.

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Transfer your marks to your paper.

Transfer your marks to your paper.

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Notice places where the chair almost touches and mark those too.

Notice places where the chair almost touches and mark those too.

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Mark it on your paper.

Mark it on your paper.

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See the negative spaces created between the chair and the view finder first.

See the negative spaces created between the chair and the view finder first.

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Create those negatives spaces first.

Create those negatives spaces first.

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Look at the interior negative spaces next.

Look at the interior negative spaces next.

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Begin to place those on your paper.

Begin to place those on your paper.

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Student rough draft on newsprint.

Student rough draft on newsprint.

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Student rough draft on newsprint.

Student rough draft on newsprint.

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To begin the final drawing tone a sheet of drawing paper medium grey with graphite stick.

To begin the final drawing tone a sheet of drawing paper medium grey with graphite stick.

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Lightly draw the negative spaces again.

Lightly draw the negative spaces again.

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Make changes as needed.

Make changes as needed.

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Erase either the negative space or the positive space.

Erase either the negative space or the positive space.

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Erase either the negative space or the positive space.

Erase either the negative space or the positive space.

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