Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Magpie

Friday, September 25, 2009

Figure Friday


Magpie

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sketchbook

Not what you'd want to meet in a dark alley, or anywhere for that matter.

Then again, maybe he's just misunderstood. He does seem to have a soft spot for birds.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tuesday's Tip: Negative Space

So it's Halloween and you remember how awesome I am and decide to make me some pumpkin shaped sugar cookies (slathered with orange colored frosting of course). You roll out the dough, press the cookie cutter down, and remove the cookie. What do you have left? A pumpkin shaped hole in the dough. The whole is nothing but empty space, a lack of dough, it is negative space.
Now that I've completely confused you, take a look at the illustrations. In this example, the girl, the subject of the drawing, is the positive form. The rest, the background, the space around the girl, is the negative space. You may have a preconceived notion of what a girl looks like which probably contradicts what your eyes actually see. The negative space is just a shape; one you probably don't have any preconceived notions about. This forces, or allows, you to focus on the the shape itself as simply a shape, not a girl, not a pumpkin or a cookie, but just a simple shape. Sometimes it's easier to draw the negative space than it is to draw the outline of the subject.
As far as composition goes, negative space is every bit as important, and in some cases more important, as the positive form itself, but that's another topic altogether.

Thursday, September 3, 2009