Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Negative space, part of Foundations of Drawing.
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…So what I've got here is a photographic reference,…the way they do a negative space drawing from.…Do you notice what I've got on the page are some cross hairs that's I've…just lightly drawn onto the frame, and this…is going to help us with the actual drawing?…I've also drawn these cross hairs onto the picture plane.…You can use the cross hairs just with a…non permanent marker or a permanent marker, if you…really want to make sure that you can rub…out your drawings, your future drawings you do on it.…I have also drawn the inside of the frame on here, so this way you…can just line up with the actual drawing…and line up with the reference phase graph.…
So as you've learned, the negative spaces…are the spaces in between the actual object.…We're just going to focus in on that.…So instead of having the whole flower, we're…going to focus in on a more detailed area.…And then to simplify it a bit more so, we haven't got the distraction of…the color, we've then just got a black and white image that you can work from.…
Shape: By focusing on the shapes of the objects (and more importantly the shapes between the objects) you can view subjects with a whole new outlook and focus.
Simplicity: You'll get better results by concentrating on simple subjects and drawing techniques that will still prove powerful when used together.
Structure: A structured approach makes drawing easier to master.
Each chapter in this course is built on these three principles, combining drawing theory and practical examples with worksheets and drawing assignments. Will Kemp brings his passion for teaching and infectious love of drawing together in these lessons. You'll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, and perspective, and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily practice.
This course was created and produced by Will Kemp. We're honored to host this training in our library.
- Materials you need to draw
- Drawing theory
- Framing your composition
- Using the picture plane
- Creating contrast
- Using negative space to create more powerful compositions
- Creating form from shadows and light