Negative spaces

Negative space
Negative space experiment -graphite pencil on cartridge paper

 

Sunday’s creative experiment comes from New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing Being a terrible old hippy I remember spending hours trying to perfect the technique of ‘seeing the spaces between things’. Too much Carlos Casteneda at an impressionable age, I’m afraid! Now where did I put my ‘flying hat’? 😉

When I first tried this in the workbook I found it very hard indeed. Then yesterday I was watching the play of shadows from the rowan tree on the wall in our bedroom and something shifted and clicked. An ‘aha moment’ I suppose but not a verbal one. I dived off to grab a sketch pad and when I got back- gone! The sun had shifted too! I tried to capture something of what I’d learned by drawing the negative spaces in the plants of the bedroom terrarium.

P1050297When you do the workbook version of this exercise you use a cunning trick to help you. The book comes with a sheet of acetate in a cardboard frame. It’s a bit flimsy so you really have to put more card behind it. Once you have this you place it in front of the thing you are going to draw and trace the basic outlines on with a dry wipe pen.

Once you have your basic outline you use the guidelines to help you transfer it to paper. The pages in the book already have printed guidelines so that makes it fairly straightforward. The outline on the acetate can be quickly wiped off with a bit of kitchen towel.

I used this method for the hand I blogged the other day and for some of the other suggestions in the book but I got really stuck when I got to the negative space bit. I just couldn’t seem to get my head round it. Oh, right, another ‘aha’ I was like this about the optical illusion too. These must be related to my way of seeing, maybe even to my mild dyslexia. Doh!

There are a few of us on the 30 Minutes 30 Days Creativity Challenge Facebook group who are going to work through the exercises in this book each Sunday.

Creative bits and bobs – Day 12ish

A couple of creative bits today. The hand was a Drawing on the Right side of the Brain exercise that I finally finished. The watercolour is from my journal, might be an eye or the tail of a mermaid? I enjoyed making it anyway 🙂 The sketch of Andy is just from a scrap of notepaper. I did it the other day and I was quite pleased he actually recognised himself!

For the  30 Minutes 30 Days Creativity Challenge. This is days 11 and 12 I think 🙂 I’m not being too picky about it.

Contour Drawing Drives Me Nuts

Today’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain exercise is pure contour drawing. You are supposed to draw without looking at the paper. To make it force your brain function to switch into visual mode you have to draw something fairly abstract, like the lines on the palm of your cupped hand. It really is all about the process as the end result is indecipherable!

So I sort of did it, 5 minutes with a timer, and it was far more difficult than I could ever have imagined. The first time I was sure I’d drawn everything there was to see, so I stopped and checked the timer. Maybe it wasn’t working, er, no, I’d only lasted about one minute.

Then I tried again. I managed about 3 minutes and I never did get to the stage of finding the tangle of lines interesting in themselves that’s supposed to happen. I’m going to have to keep working at this one.

I’m blaming a summer cold! I guess that leaves around 25 minutes of creativity to catch up on! I’ll get to that later!

There are a few of us on the 30 Minutes 30 Days Creativity Challenge Facebook group who are going to work through the exercises in this book each Sunday.

New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing

 

Into the blue -30/30 Challenge

I’m not keeping up my blogging but I am managing to keep doing my 30 minutes of creativity. Once again I’ve combined two days into one post.

Into the Blue – the painting was done with my Inktense pencils and is for the Creative Beings prompt – Exploring the Blues.

The chilled borsht and salads were a more ephemeral form of creativity!