January 28, 2015 § Leave a comment
Another example of using the negative space to create a sense of balance with the positive. Here the leaves fill the lower left area giving it density, yet the introduction of only a minimal portion of the subject anchors the upper right and works with the space to create harmony in the composition moving the viewers eye up and off the page.
January 21, 2015 § Leave a comment
Continuing in the series based on two dimensional design concepts, we look at allowing the spatial areas of our compositions to step forward and claim power on the page. Too often, we tend to try and fill our artwork with subjects that are figural. In order to create a sense of harmony and balance, we need to allow the negative passages to hold as much power as the positive. Here we see the leaves and berries enter the composition from the edges. They reach out to activate the surrounding space. Notice how important the small passages involving the interplay of space and form become.
January 7, 2015 § Leave a comment
Here is where I eat crow!!!! In years past I would give my 2D students an assignment where they create as much form in the positive space as the negative. This effect is enhanced by using black and white. Most of us can relate to this by remembering the face vase picture. A vase in the center is framed by faces on either side. Sometimes when we look at it we see the vase as form and the faces as space. Other times we see the faces and the vase becomes spatial. Finally I had to complete such a picture for The Little Book of Drawing and I can tell you it was darn hard!!! It is much easier to instruct someone how to do something than to do it yourself; thus the eating of crow!!!! In this composition, which is an extension of using the leaf form in more complex pieces, we see as much form in the black forms as the white. Other terms for form and space or positive and negative are figure and ground. Which are the leaves and which define the space? It is a tricky thing to accomplish as you need to create absolute equality between positive and negative aspects.
December 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
From the writings of Wucius Wong, I would construct my two dimensional design courses around the construct of a unit form. The students were asked to create a form; either white on black or black on white, that would interact and activate the surrounding space. They would then be asked to repeat the form creating a sense of rhythm and repetition. This would provide the basis for more complex compositions.
September 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
Here the forms are generally dark in value and the space around them are light, providing a stark contrast. There is also a give and take between the light palm leaves and the dark; creating a sense of interplay and a link with the frontal shapes and the ground. Think of the subjects as figures and the space as ground. Take the time to examine how you can activate portions of the composition usually not thought about by allowing the plants to break out of the borders, create dynamic movement, and instill interesting connections within those areas. Allow a real give and take between the positive figures and the negative space.
September 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
Too often we pay little attention to the space surrounding our subject. By defining the borders
and allowing the forms you are portraying to meander off and out of the picture plane, the composition is opened up to new possibilities, When the viewer is allowed to imagine what happens outside of the border, you begin to create interesting relationships with the space and form.