Stop, Look, and See
Sunday, January 3112 PM - 3 PM
To you make positive use of negative shapes in your sketches? Flipping the script can produce sometimes surprisingly powerful results as Wendy Easton’s lovely banner sketch shows.
You might think of rendering negative space as drawing the shapes on your page around and between objects, rather than drawing the objects themselves.
Don’t forget, though, about interior negative shapes – recall that Beatles posters where each Beatle is instantly recognizable from the shadow shapes in the eyes and under the nose and mouth.
Wendy’s sketch uses both approaches:
- Through the window, the trees appear as bare paper surrounded by sky shapes
- Within her studio, the shadow shapes within objects reveal curtains, furniture, and art supplies.
You can use negative shapes for an entire sketch, or just in selected areas.
Join us for our virtual throwdown on our group Facebook page on Sunday, January 31, between noon and 3pm, but always welcome late entries.
We follow USk Global’s guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos. When outside your home, be sure to socially distance and wear a mask to help everyone stay safe. All skill levels welcome – happy sketching!
To make your sketches easy to find and see, please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and Instagram.
Banner Sketch by Wendy Easton
Want to keep up to date by email? Fill in your email address in the place provided in the upper right corner under the banner. We look forward to hearing from you.