How to Observe Negative Space

by Renee Prisble

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

Supplies

  • View finder
  • Paper
  • Graphite.
  • Instructions

    Step 1

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

    Step 2

    Mark your view finder where the chair touches.

    Step 3

    Step 4

    Transfer your marks to your paper.

    Step 5

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

    Step 6

    Mark it on your paper.

    Step 7

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

    Step 8

    Create those negatives spaces first.

    Step 9

    Step 10

    Look at the interior negative spaces next.

    Step 11

    Begin to place those on your paper.

    Step 12

    Step 13

    Student rough draft on newsprint.

    Step 14

    Student rough draft on newsprint.

    Step 15

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

    Step 16

    Step 17

    Lightly draw the negative spaces again.

    Step 18

    Make changes as needed.

    Step 19

    Step 20

    Erase either the negative space or the positive space.

    Step 21

    Erase either the negative space or the positive space.