Drawing Negative Space - this simple yet effective drawing technique helps train your eyes to see the 3D world in a 2D way.
The spaces between the frames become the negative spaces.
(below) A simple tea-pot handle makes a great negative space shape.
Notice how the negative space changes shape when we look at it from a different vantage point.
In the example to the right, the shadow has been included as part of the "object".
What is negative space?
The spaces between and surrounding objects, not the objects themselves, are considered "negative" spaces. These negative shapes can help you draw an object accurately. Depending on what you label as "object" any given still life may have varying layers of negative shapes. Below, the red areas represent all possible negative spaces.
1-tree detail 2-the tree is the object 3-the tree and fence are objects 4-the tree, fence and leaves are objects 5-the tree, fence, leaves and sign are the objects.
How do I turn a 3d obect into a 2d shape?
When you begin a drawing, try not to identify the objects in your still life for what they are. ex: "I am drawing a tree or, I am drawing an egg".
Instead, look carefully at the spaces between and around the objects. ex: "The space where these two tree branches meet forms an upside down triangle or, the bottom of the egg has a different shape than the top of the egg".
How do I put that shape onto paper?
Take your time, erase, redraw. Begin by drawing one simple shape. As you feel ready, move on to more complex arrangements for drawing negative space.