Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Using negative space to create powerful compositions, part of Foundations of Drawing.
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…So what we're going to look at now, is how you can start to use negative space…to really build a powerful composition, by starting…to arrange objects that you got at home.…Often what can happened is, you're not quite sure what to start…with, what's going to make an interesting…composition, how it's all going to work together.…So I'm just going to go through the process of how…I start to, bring in objects or take objects out.…And then talk to you through step by step, the…decisions that I've made to come to the final composition.…So here the main focus really is going to be…the roses, I think they're going to work really nice.…
And all I'm starting to look at, is the shapes and the tones…we've got here, and start to look for negative spaces that are there.…So if I'm looking at the cup, I'm looking at the space in-between the handle, and…I'm turning that around to my viewpoint, so I start to get a shape in between it.…Also I can start to see the shapes here on this votive, so that's…got some great shapes that are going to…
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