Drawing tips positive and negative space.

Drawing tips positive and negative space. In this pose, you will learn to understand how important a silhouette is in concept design and composition.

Your ability to draw will be greatly enhanced when you know how to identify and create silhouettes or positive and negative space, visually measure distances, and apply the resulting information to your drawings. A silhouette is a view of some object or scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouette usually being black. Or a two-dimensional representation of the outline of an object, as a cutout or configurational drawing, uniformly filled in with black, esp. a black-paper, miniature cutout of the outlines of a famous person’s face.
It is very important in design, especially characters and creatures. Most of the time we want to make the character silhouettes being unique and distinctive. Example: From just this silhouette alone, you can already tell that it is a female figure. It doesn’t take much, just black and white some knowledge and accuracy….with a bit of imagination.



It’s Negative space can also be useful in creating an overall composition of the illustration or color sketch.

negative space

negative space

Here is the original art, female superhero.

female superhero

female superhero

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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