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How to See & Draw Negative Space for Beginners

teacher avatar Selina Shapland, Art, Writing, Fiction Genre Coach

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      New Introduction_2020


    • 2.



    • 3.

      Seeing Negative Space Examples_2020


    • 4.

      Draw Neg Space - Pen


    • 5.

      Draw Neg Space - Keys


    • 6.

      Draw Neg Space - Metal Book Mark


    • 7.

      Draw Neg Space - Triskelion


    • 8.

      Draw Neg Space - Bilby 1


    • 9.

      Adding Colour & Shade - Bilby 2


    • 10.

      Neg Space - Person in Procreate


    • 11.

      Neg Space - Eyes In Procreate


    • 12.

      Your Project - Negative Space + Figurine_2020


    • 13.

      Draw Neg Space Wrap Up 2020


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About This Class

How to See and Draw Using Negative Space is a beginners course to help you understand the difference between a positive and a negative space. We will work together to draw everyday objects, understand how to see negative space around a person sitting in a chair and how to see the white's of the eyes as negative space too.

NOTE: In the course you will see several examples of life drawing so be prepared to see a nude or two. 

This course has many demonstrations and I encourage you to draw along with me. In the resources section you will find photos of all the objects used in this course. Feel free to download the photos and use them or grab something similar from your own environment and practice drawing negative space from still life.

I encourage you to keep drawing even if you make a mistake or the lines are wonky. It's all practice and it's all adding to your artistic development. Even the greatest artists have drawn many wonky pictures, learned to see what was in front of them rather than listening to what their brains tell them is there, and they keep turning up to the page to draw.

Drawing is a great fun skill to learn. Please try not to be critical about your work. It is a process and every step, every line, every shadow counts along the way.

So, please join me, draw with me, and show me your progress in the project section of this class. 

Thanks and happy creating. 

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Selina Shapland

Art, Writing, Fiction Genre Coach


Hello and welcome to my profile page. I'm Selina.

I draw, paint, play and be creative. I write paranormal fiction stories and I coach people to achieve their creative aspirations and goals. 

Keep reading to find out a little more about me and my work.

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I love fiction writing. It's a passion ... or maybe an obsession for me. I write paranormal speculative fiction with romance, wonder and horror beats. I'm an avid reader of genre fiction. Some of my favourite authors include Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Marian Keyes, Kelley Armstrong, Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb and Stephen King (of course!).

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I'm also an artist who is always learning and growing as an eternal student. I've been drawing and painting on and off mo... See full profile

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1. New Introduction_2020: Hello and welcome to Seeing and Drawing using Negative Space. I'm Selina, and I am an artist and creative writer. I am also an eternal student. I do my best to develop my skills as I go along and build on them, and I hope that I can pass on that philosophy to you. I'd like to pass on some of the amazing things that I have learned: how to see objects and how to draw them from a negative space perspective, which will allow you to see the item or the object come to life on the page in its own way. Even with wonky lines, it doesn't matter. It all gives it character. In this class. I'll be going through the materials. I'll show you a little bit about how I see negative space, and then we'll start doing objects. And I'd like you to think about what kind of objects around the house you might want to draw from negative space. Good things are pens, keys, anything that might have some negative space around it. Within the materials video definitely go through the objects of which I've chosen to draw, and I encourage you to draw along with me if you can. If you don't want to do exactly what I'm doing, then please do find your own object and do draw with me, using your own object. And the same with mediums. I'm going to use pen and watercolor, and watercolor pencils. That sort of stuff. But if you have a favorite medium that you prefer use, then by all means that. So, we will get onto it. We'll jump into the next video and go through some stuff, I may repeat myself a little bit, but I hope you hang in there. Just remember that art is a relationship with the object in front of you, you're teaching your brain to see it, and to be kind with yourself regarding how you approach the artwork and I'll give you the best tips that I can along the way. And I will also just draw so you can see how I'm drawing it, and it will not be perfect. I allow whatever comes onto the page because what I've learned is that in order to get to that level of drawing that I want to get to I need to embrace the mistakes, I need to embrace the so called "bad drawing" and accept it and appreciate it for what it's taught me. And if you can have that philosophy, that kind of mindset that very much help you with your own artwork. So, let's get into it, and I'll see you in the next video. 2. Materials_2020: In seeing and drawing negative space we're going to use materials, and you have a choice of using your visual diary, Something like this, that's got fairly thick paper that allows you to do scribbles and draw, anything in it that you're interested in but is fairly thick paper that when you wet it with some watercolor, it's not necessarily going to wrinkle. Some visual diaries will wrinkle, so this is one of my visual diaries. It's got lots of lots of different bits and pieces, experimentation in it. And that's the sort of thing you want to be able to create and to be able to see and draw using negative space to create something like this at the end of this class. The type of paper I have is a Fabriano. It's a mixed media paper. It's 160 gsm, and it's acid-free. I like this paper because it's fairly robust. And when you create a drawing like we're going to of a figurine, it does buckle a little bit with the watercolor on it, but it is a nice paper that will take many different mediums, so it's got pen and watercolor on this one, and watercolor pencils. So, we're going to be using those. Next up, let's talk about the drawing implements. So, you have your choice of anything you'd like to use to draw your negative space images. You might want to grab a graphite pencil if that's what you're comfortable with using to draw. You might like it because you can rub out mistakes. However, I encourage you to just be a little bit brave and go straight to pen and play with pen in your visual diary. Make mistakes and like this one, where I've done the bilby, if it if it goes off the page, just let it go off the page and enjoy the process off drawing what you say in front of you and embracing mistakes because as you do that, you'll learn and you'll keep growing as an artist, and in the ability to draw what you see. I really like to use a Kent graphic for a fine liner. I like it 0.1. It's one of my favorite pens. It's got a fairly small nib, and I enjoyed drawing with that, but you can get a whole heap of pens, fine liners, but it really doesn't matter, it's whatever you have at home. What I do. use in this class is one of these brush pens. It's filled with water, and when you give it a squeeze, it will wet the tip and you'll be able to use that to spread watercolor across your drawing. Give it a bit more life. The other thing that I use is a gray Ecoline brush pen, and I really enjoy this kind of pen and you'll see why once we get into it, because you can create shadow at the bottom of the image, and then you can put water on it and it will soften and give you more of a gradual shadow, which is quite fun on your artwork. So, if you can get hold of one of those, that would be great. If you don't, you can just use lines, anything, you can just use watercolor. You don't have to have that pen, but it's something I enjoy. I also have this black ink pen, and that's quite fun to use again. It's squeeze and it will come out, and that will give you many different lines that you can use. And don't be afraid. to use something that's experimental as well on your drawing. You will need some paper towel to dab any excess water off your image. I use Inktense watercolor pencils. This is my little set of watercolor pencils. I enjoy using those with my drawing because you can draw directly on to the paper, and then it will become watercolor once water is applied. The other thing you can use is a watercolor set. I've got a Jazz Art watercolor set. Again, it's got another watercolor brush in it. I will wash all of this off before we start, so we don't muddy any other colors. You'll also need a container of water, whatever comes. And it would be great if you can find some models for you to draw around the house. So we will use a pen, I've got a little BIC pen here. A piece of jewelry that I got in Ireland when I was traveling over there. This has got some really great negative space in the actual jewelry, and because it's a little bit complex, it will start. to take me away from being worried about drawing the jewelry and just focusing on the shapes within the silver parts. That's very helpful if you can find some jewelry that you like, what you can follow along with me. I have this book mark. It's got lots of negative space between the tongue and the outer part of it. And of course, if I put it down on the paper, you can see that there's a shadow underneath it. We will be drawing that shadow and will be drawing all of these negative spaces around the outside of this object. We will be drawing some keys. Then, of course, there's the Bilby I will put a photo up of the Bilby. The Bilby has negative spaces in here. And around the tail, and the back of the leg and under it. And then, depending on what angle you're seeing it You're seeing it from here. But I'm looking in this direction and the light is coming down. So that will add interest to the drawing. And I would really like to see what you come up with from finding a figurine of your own. We're going to do a little study of drawing and seeing negative space around a person, and I'm going to use Procreate for that. So, if I take the photo out, you will see what the outside of it looks like and we will step through that to. The other thing that I'd like to show you is how to draw eyes using negative space. So, once you start seeing negative space and understanding what you're seeing, it does help with you drawing to make it a lot better and you can apply it to anything. You can apply it to drawing fruit, to vegetables, to trees, jewelry, everything. So, grab some stuff from around the house and we'll get started. See you in the next video. 3. Seeing Negative Space Examples_2020: This is a negative space drawing of a tree. When I went outside, I sat down with my visual diary and I did it in pencil first and then went over in inks and watercolor. I looked specifically at these spaces either side of the trunk of the tree. And then I looked at the spaces between the branches. As you can see there's some that look like they're together, but there were crossing over, and I've used my judgment as an artist to see what I want to keep in the image, versus, what I want to take out. And so I thought that was interesting, so I kept it there. I've then looked more closely at the root system and I've just drawn the shapes in between the roots, and as I've done that, the roots start to become more visible on the page. When I did this drawing one night, sitting down watching television, my partner was seeing on the green chair across from me. He had his foot up and it looked so interesting. Now it was a bit overwhelmed by how was I going to draw this cause your feet and hands can be complex. And so I went right back to basics of looking and seeing the negative space. So I look for the negative space between the toes, and I drew that and around the toes. I didn't think about the toes. I was just looking at the little round loops here and around the top. And then when I saw that the big toe, I was looking at that in relation to his, his face and the back of the chair, and again over here with the leg. Now there's lots of things that could be better about this drawing. But I actually really love this drawing because it uses a lot of fore-shortenings. That means it's bringing the the foot really forward and the rest of the body backwards, and it's taken me a while to get to that point where I'm learning to draw like that. But I really enjoyed making the foot really big. Again, it was about seeing the shapes and drawing the shapes, not drawing the person, not drawing the feet. I've drawn my Lamy pen, and I've used negative space again to get the shape of the pen before I've given it some detail. I use negative space to think about drawing people as well. As I learn and develop my own portraiture skills. I now don't necessarily look at the faces as a whole. I don't look at eyes as a whole and nose a mouth anything. I look for these interesting shapes, so I'll often start with the eyes, go to the noise and in the mouth and then all feeling around. Other artists do it differently, but this is how I do it. I look for the light and shade in the image or the person, and I'll often followed the darks with my pen or pencil to give me the shape of the person. But I'm always looking at these shapes here. I'm not looking at the iris. I'm looking around the iris to get the shape of the eye, of the inner eye, and they are different. You will find that on every single person and again to get the the headphones as well. I will just flick through and show you a couple of the drawings that I've done for the faces. The portraitures that I've been doing, and again I've used negative space and seeing negative space to guard me in each and every one of these. But I use different mediums to create them. Again with the glasses. The glasses were a negative shape around the eye, and you will see here there's a bar above the glasses. So I've drawn that. And then I've drawn the rest of the glasses and in then the eye inside of the glasses, and even with hair, I'm looking at the negative space to get the hair to look the way I want it to look on her forehead. Drawing negative space can really help when you're drawing botanicals. When I started this drawing, I really started with three flowers and then put the leaves in behind it. But as I did that, I was thinking about how things could overlap. And as I've done that, I've looked for negative space in the object on drawing and placed it on top of the leaf, for example. Similarly, when I'm drawing a human being, just as a whole, and I go to life drawing classes, it can be so over overwhelming when you first go into a life drawing class, and this is a person usually naked, standing right in front of you, and you think, How am I going to actually draw this human being? For me, I start with looking at where they have their weight distributed in their body, and I begin without lines. And for me, I'm looking always at the outside of the body. I'm not even thinking about her being a human being, and I'm looking and following these shapes all the way around. And it is a process of trial and error. But their legs are great because, you know, there's often a space triangular space there. Space between the head and the arm there's a triangular space, even the faces is like on oval, haven't putting her face because she was in shadow. In this 10 minute pose by the model, I've again been honing my skills on developing how to get her in proportion. But the thing that really always helps me is looking at the negative space around her, and if you look at hands fingers in particular, you can see often that there's space between the fingers. So between my hand, there's a space, and you draw these spaces and it really does help to develop the drawing. She had a very interesting shape, this lady, and it's almost mountainous as you go along it. And so I encourage you to look at things and not see the object. But see the space around it, and you will start to see things that when you draw it, it will begin. to give you confidence and allow you to have more accuracy in your drawing. In this five minute pose, this lady was sitting in this direction and it was really great because I could get little negative spaces between the breast and the upper arm and the leg, between the bottom and the foot, and even between her toes. And then, of course, I was looking around her for the shape. And then after that, I've gone into bring shading in with pen to give her some volume, and even a hair shape... I wasn't looking at her hair, I was look at the shape of her hair, and so if I'm following that part, this would have been like negative space to me, and even the ear. I do a lot of travel to and from work on the train, and it's a great time to sketch. So I was sitting on the train one day in September of last year, 2019, and I sketched each one of these people. Now they're not exact representation of the person, But, there's lots of use of negative space in and around each one. And there's just so many fun things that you can do once you learn how to develop your sight for seeing negative space. So this little circular part of the eyeball... there was a light falling on it. So, for me that would have been like negative space, or a positive space with the upper part of the eyelid being in negative space. So there's lots of opportunities for you to develop your drawing and to go beyond what we're going to do here. And, I can't wait to see what you come up with. 4. Draw Neg Space - Pen: So today we're going to draw this pin. What I'd like you to do is draw along with me and either get your own pin to use. Or you can use this big pin as your basis we're going. Teoh draw around the object. Not not the pain itself actually might just put a frame around it, the frame around it. So you can say where I'm looking for the negative spice. All of this spice around the pants pain is the negative spice. You can either draw a box yourself that's generally the same size. We'll go free hand. Okay, so let's start at this end and be looking at the spaces away around the pin. And what I do is I slowly Lou, use my eyes to move along the side, capturing the edge of it. And I don't think too much about the object. I think, really, What's the space around it? I don't think of it as a pin, so it's just drawing. I'd like you to start drawing with me and put it either any visual, Dari or on a pace of multimedia piper watercolor paper off. So coming down here is a little spice between these pots and the pin. Okay, it's a bridge that might not be an exact replica off the pin, but if you want an exact replica, you are better off taking a Friday, and I think it the joy of drawing is just embracing the stakes and having some fun as well . So he off looking at the outside Egx. It's a little leap, and he we've got the pin in an outline, said. That's That's how you would draw negative spice. After saying the negative spice around the image now guide Philippine a bit, so it looks more like a pin. So if you say he that the edges a curved, the best way to make a pen look like a pin with the lead used to kid that line and then down here again, it's a curved line again. Here it's a line, and it's got blue in the center in this little section, the need pot, which you can draw in if you like, Well indicated, What does the books menace inside in cartridge? Yeah, which Okay, so underneath the pin is a shed. Are we want to indicate that shut our and you can use lines and color the brush pin that I've been speaking about in the earlier parts of this course. No, they'll be a bit of a shed. I between the lead pin. Okay, I'm going to grab my Russian and go over those lines with shadow is to make a pop off the page a little bit more. I love these pins. You just get any corner even like a watercolor pin. Um, there the art stores, if that's what we like to use or disuse. A watercolor brush since very dark here. Kind of lines up, the very dark down. I'm going to use this water brush, t soften the edges of the shadow and Teoh, give it some depth. I'm going to use my watercolor palette. T give it some blue as a data. I'm going. Teoh, avoid touching the blue To where I see the light on the pin. Definitely please it. I got in the line. Well, I'll do that after it dries, but this is all part of the process. Is just keeping on having a go at it. Yeah, there's a lot of blue here is actually a blue shed. I wonder they, you know you can just spread the blue bit is ongoing. T put a bit more dark with in Contra Jews, and I don't mind if it blades. Some people don't like that, but I don't want no gonna be brown in color and the bullet here We can use pencils to that . If you don't have water color what you don't even have to. You can just show that we keep in and you put more shading with the dark blues on and let Scheiding way a lot of colors and, of course, no shedding with his light. Dab some of this water off, and that's the pen drawn with. And that's a pen drawn, seeing the negative space around the outside and drawing the negative space only. And then going from a general sort of perspective into specific details. Specific details, along with the internal lines of put down and adding 5. Draw Neg Space - Keys: let's draw these case. I'm going to do it right underneath. Um, going to draw these case as as much as I can, using the spices of round the case themselves. Not like you to draw along with me as much she can. It doesn't matter if you go ivy rather drawings. Condom gets an interesting year. You're not with. But of course, if you don't want to do that, don't worry about it. Use another pace of Piper. Okay? I'm gonna get around the edge of the key there. A straight line. It's this age here, this trying. Ls it a spice? If you make mistakes, don't worry. Allow the mistake toe happen. He do, you know, have to get everything 100% sure it? No, it's in section here. That's right. Okay, that's the general shape of the G. K's with the room. Now we comport in these negative spices. Indicate that the ring guys through, I hope. Now if you wanna make the more interesting look like more like the case, you can begin to fill in some of the day tile That you saying on the object on the case? That's got the word. Lockwood T This is a strike section here, kid. And on another strike section, Yeah, sounds got one too. So that's the case. Now you will see that I have shed are underneath. Um And if we anchor them with the shadow that look more three dimensional on tight. So again, I like teeth. This little gray e to Lina UK Brush Equilon brush. What did doing these exercises to see To draw up in the negative spice. Who really helped, too? Your eyes t see what's in front of you and to stop your brain from taking a river and telling you what it thinks is in front of you. And you drawing will improve edgy practice, they sorts of little exercises. You can practice it in everything you do every time you come to draw. I would encouraging the practice practice, saying the negative spice and drawing the negative spice meeting from a general generalized outline. Teoh specific item that you've object that you're drawing keys have got a little bit more darkness around the bottom of the the shadow. Someone putting some Blackwater color. It's a tip. See, when he has is another one stand on the case and that is drawing the kidneys 6. Draw Neg Space - Metal Book Mark: gonna have dot Drawing this bookmark and saying the negative space in between the tongue and the outside of it and a ram little creature on the end. The tortoise. I'm just going to follow the outside lines, but looking at all of these negative spices around it and not worrying about the object in front of me exactly. It's allow you I to God, the pin. Usually the slower you gari the bit of the outcome. One of the great things about drawing negative spices. It makes you slow down. Enough. Please. Again, drawer along with me, if you can. Why get an object that you think you'd like to draw and, um, draw that. Now I am gonna be at a strange angle. He because on seeing it from the side. So it might not look quite the same as if you're seeing it from above, Excellency out lawn. I'm gonna look at the tongue. Just gonna full of that around. Okay. Now gonna fill in his little tile. He's gonna do feel extras he to bring him to life. He's got I don't think you need to be t worried about under present accuracy. It's an impression off unless you want Teoh, create something that's far more realistic. T what you've seen, but I'm happy with an impression of my no to This is what you can be a little bit more like , You know, I'm interpreting. I'm making this object my iron as well. But it is an observation exercise. So if you feel like you want Teoh, spend more time doing the observing and the accuracy, then please go ahead and do that. Say I'm giving him some three dimension. No, I came in a little bit more three dimensional, like to white. To them, it's got shadow underneath it and away around. So again, going t defeated one brush pin to capture that accuracy and, well, sending accuracy and ease just to give the impression that it's sitting on the table. Water. Shut up in here for May from this angle and a little bit of water color. Teoh Answer. What a brush. So from the ages of the shadows, then if you like, you can coloring his little shell leg with maybe reds and boy, he's some sort of Cullerton making Papa B. And if you want to keep him, give the turtle more detail. You can just use a little dots to indicate his skin, his reptilian skin on the other, the reptiles. Well, this game I'm just gonna get between all of the shell pots. T make it look more like like that the bookmark, and then we have it. 7. Draw Neg Space - Triskelion: The true scallion is a Celtic symbol consisting of three legs or lines radiating out from the center, and it looks a bit complex. But today we're going to give a go of drawing the negative space in between the three legs and all around it. I'm going to begin by drawing the first inside section and following the silver edges, just to get the negative shape between the three legs, just around the killing pot here and up to where the soldering has been done on the jewelry . I'm really mindful not to be thinking about the jewelry itself. I'm looking at the shapes that make up the swell on the distance between the three legs and the in a part of the circle. And there we have three legs in negative space, and so I'm moving on Teoh developing that the actual swell of the jewelry, always looking at the negative spice. Don't worry if it's wonky or you might mistake, just keep going. Embracing the stakes at the moment, it's only about learning to see what's in front of you. I use negative space in nearly every during that I do, and I still have challenges with accuracy, but I am learning every time I come to draw how to develop that accuracy. And also, I think I quite enjoy some of the lines not being 100% accurate so that it gives my during some personality as well. Um, of course, I'm always working towards a level of accuracy or likeness, especially when I want to do really stick types of artwork se That's the jewelry done only focusing on the negative spice and you'll say on putting in extra lines to fix some of and correct some of the issues that I've made have had with drawing that particular piece of jewelry. So now I'm gonna take the Seeker line pin and give it a shadow so that it looks like it's anchored to the page and sitting on a surface se. If you've got one of these, use that or some water color or pencil. I like these ones because you can soften it with the water brush on. Just the shadow around with the necklace is sitting as well. I'm going to use a watercolor pencil the orange, because that appeals to me to fill in the negative space. Dio Shari that This is a piece of jewelry that got spice in between the three legs and then quite like doing this. They look quite fun in your visual diary. No, I'm taking my water color brush and just adding a little bit of water to the water color and letting it Teoh become basically like water colors. But you've just used a pencil for instead of a pan. Yeah, sometimes they go over the lines, just brush it off or use a bit of extra water and maybe even dab it off. You see how the jewelry is starting to pop off the page with shadow as well. Aziz. Fairly accurate representation off. Not on absolute 100 sin but a fairly accurate representation of the jewelry. And there's a little bit of the doctor color for the next slice, which again on we'll use the water color the water brush. T you ease the water color in there and give some more dips to the shadows, and I'll just add a little bit more watercolor pencil to the image, moving around the base of it and then spring it out with the water brushed, T developed. The shadow is a little bit more around the bottom of the jewelry. Depends on how much pressure you put on. How much ink? Yeah, well, for them, the intense watercolors or how much color goes on the page. But to you, you can make it your own. And I look forward to seeing you creating your own pace of jewelry using negative space. Either in your visual, Dari are on a piece of pipa that is loose life. Sorry. Yeah. Come white. That's That's the jewelry. See you in the next video. 8. Draw Neg Space - Bilby 1: so I'm pretty excited to animals or figure rains. Animals are a little bit more difficult. T chase around the house and get them to sit still. So it's good to have a little figurine or a toy or something to use. Alternatively, you can sneak sketch your cat or your dog or your other animals when they're sleeping. Been in my experience is the minute that you start to sketch sketch them, they wake up and move on. So, um, it's a challenge, if that's what you'd like to do with drawing negative space. But for the moment I'm going. Teoh show you how I'm going to draw these Bilby. It's a little ceramic bilby from Australia and very cute. I'm gonna use native space to draw him and also color him in. Let's get started. Just take your time. And as your armies around the outside of the little figurine, use the pin to trace it, you know, is that part behind it? You belong. Nori's pointed like that. So the disease and then Kia, he's He's tile, sleeping, killed up. On top of these tail is there's this little section here, and even though that's a positive aspect on looking at that as negative space, and this is negative space. And this here as negative space. When I draw it, it's leg. Now he's got his title coming through here, on under his chin is another section here that I can see, which is these other foot. So I'm just going to use that and think about that as negative spices, well, side that puts him day. Then there's this little, uh, sport he were on putting the pin that I need to draw so that he looks like it's that his chin, his poor show up in I can see another little negative space there. And then I'm just going to add in the arm his poor. It's up here and there's a little triangle down them in that direction. He has Mrs kind of these poor okay, said, that is the outline of the bill be I'm going to fill in some details like he's e uh, and start to make these parts of his body more three dimensional. I'm going to do the I and the whiskers area. That's Bean indicated by the other artist. And the noise. Sorry, his tiles. God, it's, um blinds like that to give them to give it a sense of it being entitled. Yeah, yes, that one. A little. I It is. Yeah. Gets don't. My name's nor is at. So the sleeping Bilby has a shadow underneath him in this direction, and I'm going to use my acre lawn pin to give him a shadow. She's very gray, and I will probably increase the shadow a little bit as I put a bit of water color running and please g create one of these yourself. I would love to see that in the project section where you've gone a hidden found, a little animal figurine or something that inspires you and you've drawn him in your visual diarrhea or another piece of paper like this. I was very cute. And they fund to draw, say happiness, enjoy other. Just gonna use more water, brush toe, soften that shadow a little bit mixed media papers. Quite good for this type of stuff. Or you can use visual diary depending on how it manages water and some visual diaries. Wrinkle. And the other thing you could use these. What color Piper. So that's the bill. Be next. We're going Teoh color 9. Adding Colour & Shade - Bilby 2: I'm going to use my intense pencils and some just art watercolors to give him some volume and interpret what I see of him. And although it won't be an exact color match, it's gonna be my interpretation of how I see. And I'm not using too much of this intense pencil, because why don't you wit it? It spreads, but in the water color, we'll say. And Ola, he's Nori's is very orangey. Rid on the figure reign of going to my sign calories disease. Okay, giving these things. It's very key. Coming, Teoh coming to life on the page. What? Sleeping on the page. Things were key. And if you notice the figure, rain has a little bit of extra pink here. I'm going to bring that upon his little snot minute. Begin to blend with the gray when I get around to it. A bit of gray in his ear, because a low. I'm not saying that that will give him some dips and it will marry with the rest of what he looks like as well. Maybe a bit of Jess ready pink fella. He James. I get what can I just put a little bit of this around here because the figure rain has the sort of dark apart patch is sort of like do it in a way, and you'd expect that with will be, I guess that would have a little bit of dirt on, uh, ciggies, some baked earth color. I just use what you've got it home to To bring in little drawings toe life and use the things that you've learned in this class with drawing negative spice Teoh build and create a little drawing like this and put this into your project file at the end of the class because I would love to say it be awesome, awesome to see did on his feet and red tail. Well, that's the other thing. So in the under here there's the tail goes over the bottom off him, and it's hard to see. I can't show you on the video real well, but he's tail. Actually, Gerry's up this way so you can always add little extras. Um, so that makes sense in your image. Let me get some luck to add to his tail because you mean just got a bit of black on his tail. The sorry figure rain has black on his tail, his old just watercolor here and feel free. Teoh. Be creative with it. Don't feel you're locked into making it look exactly like what you're seeing in front of you. The whole point of art is to express the way you see it, so you can do it realistically or you can do it. Interpretive Lee. It's more what type is beginning to buckle a little bit now, so just have a little bit of metal blended I can. And the good thing about watercolor pencil. Easy kin just gave back. Union, even though is dry pencil on actual watercolor and add some more dips to the area. Most still wit like around he's lying. Keeping Why operandi? Spice. Good thing about what color did you just can keep spreading it? I need you need toe lording enough for the shadows, I think. No. What do you put the The lot of the shed it becomes, So he's a bit of there's a little bit of a shadow underneath. He's Nori's. He's Sleeping City. Well, this is just aren't gray and blank. Mixed. What color justice show? Where I'm saying that the dark and light on this law will be his body. It's a lot more, Doc this way. The thing about the intense pencils, all the watercolor pencils, depending on what you've got is when you use it straight into the pulled water into the water. It gives it a bit of a texture. So I think isn't a bad thing. It's actually quite nice to see needs. I'm gonna add a bit of blue t him to give him some more dips because the gray isn't war cry blend. And this one is the intense Say blue that I'm using maybe a bit of blue for my just and some interest to the colors when you're done. If you do this on a piece of paper like this, if you want to, you can actually stick it individual Dockery. So you don't don't leave it if if you want to keep it in your visual diary so you can just gluing the way that, yeah, I would do. Just be creative, dying Fuller Everything exactly as you see it in colors. Just because a lot of colors let gray. It's black, of course, but you can have blues and other turns. A swell a little bit of darkness down around me, that brush thinking, keep things, take a little bit of that. All I left want around me, the the leg because that's how he looks here. It had been a white everywhere. I mean, the shadow is even though we've used the dry, I'm going to use a date in to go around the shadow area off the building, Mr Helping pop off the page a little bit cool. Its title not there, a little bit sloping. And if the blue goes into that, that's OK. It's just blend it a little bit. Give that a bit of dips. He's in pink. Actually, that's not a bad idea to give him some tips on TV people, should I? And a bit more from the dots and a little bit more pink for easy. It's called open Shadow. They I'm going to just take them. It'll be defending a little bit of darkness in around his belly on that has been drawn by using negative space, and then you go in. You go from a general to a specific and you, too, can create a drawing like this and I cannot wait 10. Neg Space - Person in Procreate: I'm using procreate to show you how tiu C negative space around a person and an animal and maybe even furniture. My partner has very graciously allowed me to use him as my model, so I have imported his photo into this procreate up, and then I've added a layout and I am using the doing sketching pencil in black. So let's begin at the moment. It's just tracing, however, when you're doing it in return from life, imagine that there is a rectangle or a frame around the person or the animal, and animals are notorious for moving very quickly. So you have to skip fast if you're going to do something like this, some going T fist outline the frame, and I'm not gonna worry about it being t specific. It's just a general, I think. So. I'm going to move around. He's hit and shoulders, and then oh, by And then around the name and around the side area of the chair, down on the outside of the chair around down his leg, and then imagine where his foot well in there, up around the base of the foot, in the bottom of the chair again around up around the back of the chair, the shoulder, the neck and around the head again, but just remained the fighter for a moment. That's what you get. And when you're trying to draw a person from negative space, this is a really great way of thinking about it that were on the laity. I want Teoh fill it in a bit. Sorry, I'm going to look at the negative spices around the chair and the legs, little triangles. And it's just like this when you're sitting outs, hired, observing your best friend or whatever with someone in the strait. Even it's just look for these little are you planes to filling the the image. Just keep drawing boys. And don't worry about seeing the person or the animal or the chair that raise a little triangle leg a little spice there. No, it's take that often safe, of course, the mall. So now you can see him, but you can't see the cat. You can just say that there's a chair in there and that he's sitting there. It's a great way to learn how to use Native Spice, had to see it and how to use it. I'm going to continue to me down and use these angles here to Sherry. There's negative spice in there between these arms in the leg, and the chick is this one around here company. Why it's around there. I can probably get the hearing. These are the things you do. But don't you know if you're doing it from life, you're going to probably spend a lot more time getting accurate drawings and measuring anchor points. It's a really great way I do love procreate. It's very helpful in learning how to see and draw using negative space just all the way trances. So if I was just on my on the page, these is the ways I would be outlining each part off the image. So I'll be looking to say that this negative spice so even that the positive space I'll be looking at it as a negative. Spice Cats blending with the the top there. So it made hair Rand. She's looking a bit grumpy today. Then things he wants to be a part of the class. No, shrink that down again. Take that out. Um, there is how you can use. I fight I as a reference Teoh, get your by six. Put down to create an image that looks like a human being and to see the negative spice around them. And it's just a matter of filling in the blanks and saying What? What works for everybody else, Her se just and your interpretation is you go and, uh, yeah, the guy, that team and all me that Iran they. So that would be a this yet. So it's a lots and lots of looking and double checking, but the big best way is to look for all of these spices and drill boys. 11. Neg Space - Eyes In Procreate: I just want to start a space in a human eye. It's very helpful when you drawing the on to understand how to see the people versus the rest of the I. I'm gonna use this image here of my own eyes and what you'll see. He R is negative space around the iris, and that's really what we're going to draw so that we're not drawing symbols of what we think the I might look like. So begin here. First of all, I'm going to put a structure line because I want to know where my eyes are. My face there. The first thing I'm gonna do is draw this part here, which is the inside of the the far I and then people is completely round. The best way to do it is to look at the wines oops of the eyes and see how curves around. And that is a very little hot of the I. Then I look at this part of the eye and these parts to get the negative space of the I. I'm just going to a rice. It's one. So I'm not on the way back to the pencil near There's a leap around the eye. That's a negative spice. No eyelashes. They It is a negative spice that grazed down that way across the I Dan in this direction. Still, my fabulous wrinkles, then the ars, the people and there's actually a light shining in the in. My are they said, Oh, use that our little books to give that to keep that the way it's meant to bay color They are the people in. And then he, uh, I'm looking to do the eyebrows here. The eyelashes are actually coming off. Is this part? And if you don't make the I look for more accurate, probably taking this line out that line out because, well, just color being with the ours, there's always more shadow at the top of the I. Then the bottom is if the light is coming in this direction, which it is on my on that photo, it's lots of dark here already, the eyes starting to look like a really, why isn't dark here cross hatching? It's sorry good for developing shading on these things, and then, yeah, much more depths of darkness under there and has done US instruction. So you want to use shadow. Will you see the talk of pots? The on more shadow days crossing by in that direction? More shadow here, More eyebrows, my unruly eyebrows. I mean, I guess that's one I you the on there. And let's just have a look at the second I it'll be on the same Grady Int line. The negative spaces around the irises are just a little bit different, so they're not the same shape. Is this one? So that's why we need to look at what the white is around the iris. Normally, eyes are 123 So I said, This will be one J said, I'll start around here so I will just draw in the negative spices away. And the good thing about this that might she look at what is truly in front of. You know what you think is in front of you? A bit of that line since the inside of my eye. And now I'm going to look t David top of it. The bottom has a leap again, but it type is in that way. Is this part this spot of the are the people. He's a little bit different. You see, there's a light coming there on the I In another part, there the I lied comes this way and around. Meanwhile, I should is coming off in this direction. I'm just going to a rice Aly. It'll be to this cleaning up a little bit, just helpful denarii way the lines some gonna color the eye in and then using this course a little bit cross hatching. And remember that there's a lot more shadow above understand that the couple leads, which makes makes that I look more real and the noise is coming this way again with my eyebrows lips. Why, it was a bit of a shed. I they I just wanting that up a bit much more shadow that why can say that? You can see that Mark. Just lighten this up, only to beat. Yeah, the thing. Sometimes you take a little bit too much out. Don't put it a little bit too much in sir. I mean, eyelash is coming off that's dropped. And then how you create all eyes using negative spices. He's the eyes, He's the drawing and that's it. 12. Your Project - Negative Space + Figurine_2020: I hope you've enjoyed the class. I would love to see your work. Please put a project up in the project. I'd like you to come up with the page figure for visual diary or another piece of paper with just objects that you have drawn using negative space. Something like this are something like this where you can draw a box around it and then draw the negative spice and color that negative. Spicy. I would like to see your progress shorts. I'd like to see your end page so I can give feedback on it. And also, if you're up for the challenge, it will be great to see the bill be what? Some other figuring that you would like Teoh complete. Say, That's my Bilby. And it would be really great to have that put up in the project as well. So I can say where you're at and where you going with your negative spec story on to the next video 13. Draw Neg Space Wrap Up 2020: So that's it for seeing and drawing using negative space. I heard you had a really great time doing the activities with May. I hope that you've learned a lot and that you will continue to practice this. I had some really great advice from an excellent portraiture artist in a recent workshop that I did with See that the portrait that I did behind me That's actually my month. She she does have our Simon's and this is how she looks at this point. And I wanted to capture that on the page. She this artist in Australia is amazing Porcher artist and one of the tips that she gave tow us Waas that the rial artwork is the rial artist is developed three practising the skill and that resonated a lot for me and eso. I want to pass that on and encourage you to continue to practice all of the skills that you learn learn not just in my classes but in every class you do but die. Maybe muddy the waters too much with your mind. Allow yourself to learn a skill fist and practice that school maybe for a while now for me when I get back into my oil painting. I'll be practicing everything that she's taught me that four days to continue to develop lifelike portrait off in oil on campuses. So seeing and drawing negative space has come very much into this process for May. And I hope to see that you will continue to develop yourself, I believe, but is a lifetime relationship with yourself. And you know, when you do things on paper on the page, you really are creating something quite beautiful. Even if it doesn't work out for you at the time, you may have hundreds of bad drawing, so to speak, until you get that really fantastic one. But when you get there, you know what? Wow, I did that. And you know you'll have done that because you've persevered and moved through all of those drawings that maybe went as satisfying for you. So embraced the challenge. Be the ultimate student. That's my best tips for the day and practice what you learn and just keep having faith in yourself, trusting yourself and moving forward. Okay, until next time, I'll see how Hartley in the military in the future Bye for now,