Sketchbook Practice : Using Pens to Explore Negative Space

Ohn Mar Win, Illustrator and surface designer

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6 Videos (33m)
    • Class Introduction

    • Materials and reference

    • Some examples

    • Posca pen with Fruit

    • Pens with Florals

    • Final thoughts and Homework


About This Class


In this class you will be creating an interesting, vibrant painted and textural 'ground' - the surface that our image will sit on. Then using a white Posca pen ( or white gouache ) we will be blocking out fruit 'shapes' and then adding small college details that will really enhance the look of your piece. The results will be super!

Further on we will explore a floral theme using posca and gel pens, where we will be mindful of the negative space between flowers to create a balanced composition. 

This class will be a fun exercise and would be suitable for all. Be open to explore this theme further perhaps with examples beyond what I have thought of ! I can't wait to see what you create.

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I find all of Ohn Mar's classes incredibly refreshing and inspiring. I hope she continues to have more classes here on Skillshare!
I really enjoyed this class. It's an easy technique, especially if you're intimidated by a white piece of paper. It's a quick boost of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. Sometimes I really struggle with overcoming self-doubt while I'm creating. I'm sure this will help me to focus on having fun creating instead of getting lost in self-criticism.
super fun and great tips
Cris M.






Ohn Mar Win

Illustrator and surface designer

Over Ohn Mar Win's 20 year career she has produced illustrations for editorial, publishing, advertising, packaging and branding. As well as designing for greetings cards, stationery and gifts. Ohn Mar is primarily known for her textural foodie images, which have now appeared in The Most Gorgeous Cookbook Ever, a book of 30 of her illustrated recipes.. She loves to draw, posting her sketch a day experiments, and work in progress on Instagram. And this year she is attempting 365 days of paint. She also has one of the largest foodie illustration boards on Pinterest full of inspiration.