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that negative space thing

This one isn't talked about much, at least once you're out of an academic environment.  It's kind of a headfuck to think that every time you draw a line, you're creating 3 things at the same time: the space on one side of the line, the space on the other side of the line, and the line itself. Pull back a little more and it's not a line, it's....say, part of a hand, or the edge of a creature's body.  But then again, that creature is really just a flat collection of shapes that fit together a certain way. Sometimes I'll draw reference images out, and I'll start with a sphere for the head, and the rest of it is just looking at all those spaces. Like that area outside the character's body from the arm to the edge of the face, draw that!

Yesterday I drew out these chains where I focused on those spaces a lot. It was so damn easy! Just felt out how the chain would be facing a certain way and worked my way down it. It was really fun too.  Try comparing that to using one line for each side of a chain link, drawing it in perspective, then fleshing it out. The result of that last method has this one little danger of letting me get hung up on the pieces and struggling as I work out the whole. I think I get hung up like that a lot actually. Especially with certain characters or things that have very unfamiliar shapes. I can sense that as I draw it out and I usually see the end result as a pile of garbage ^///^  I think that it's the one thing that I struggle with the most right now. Not everything I do ends up like that though.

I notice some artists' drawings where your eyes can just slide off the characters like butter. Everything in the picture just belongs there, without it feeling like it was forced in or some kind of guesswork.  Everything also looks solid, and well-formed.  But then again, that's also the artist working within their comfort zone. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing the comfort zone. People turn out some amazing looking stuff there.  I guess it just depends on how much stuff is inside your comfort zone to begin with. LOL...I think mine could use some growing.
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Added: 5 years, 9 months ago
5 years, 9 months ago
When I took a life drawing class in college, the best advice I got was to be told "Don't draw the person. Draw the space around them and in between them. Draw the hole their arm makes, the wedge up between their legs, the outside of their silhouette."
5 years, 9 months ago
Yep! ^_^ That's one of those things that's really great at creating those 'ah...haaaaa!' moments where you see things differently.  It's pretty incredible to think that it's possible to make an entire drawing with just negative space, not knowing a thing about the "object", what it does, what it's named, or how it works. Of course that's all left hemisphere junk that gets in the way XD
5 years, 9 months ago
I don't draw a ton, so it's still an uphill battle for me to feel good about what i've drawn. But I've always really liked trying to "see" the finished image in my mind's eye a project it onto the paper. That way I spend time with the pose I want, the shapes I want, the negative space, and I don't have to do a bunch of erasing. I just kind of "trace" my mind's image.

Well, actually that rarely works for  me, but mostly because I A) can't control my hands/fingers quite enough, or B) I can't say focused long enough to fully create and then hang onto the mental image.

And that's actually pretty similar to how I make music as well, I have really clear flashes of what the song's "supposed" to be in my mind, and then I set about figuring out the different parts and then playing/recording them. Only a somewhat higher degree of success with music, though. XD

I don't care, art is hard. Maybe I am, too <3
5 years, 9 months ago
Oh yeah, and thanks for sharing your thoughts, I found them interesting. :D
5 years, 9 months ago
My favorite artist is Dali.  I need to look at negative space just to see half of his art.  not to mention hidden stuff.
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