- The perception (or seeing) of spaces and shapes.
Remember a shape is created when a line comes back to where it starts. The perception of spaces is important for the following reasons:
- Focusing on shape allows the artist to draw with accuracy.
- Focusing on shape can make difficult drawing tasks easier.
Specifically we talked about how Positive Space/Shape is the activated space in a drawing or subject - in other words, the "stuff" that you are looking at or interested in. And Negative Space/Shape is the empty space around the object that you are looking at.
We can use Negative space/shape when drawing, for the reasons outlined above, to help in drawing accurately. The reason that drawing the Negative spaces works to draw an object, is due to the fact that the Negative Spaces share EDGES with the Positive Spaces. So if you draw the Negative, you automatically draw the Positive.
The Powerpoint that I showed in class today can be found here.
The text at the beginning is good review, but the really useful part is the series of images at the end.