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.

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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.

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!

Creativity is Contagious

creativity quote
Creativity is contagious!
Mandala - 8 slices of pie
Mandala – 8 slices of pie
scones
Scones can be creative – who knew they’d taste so good with buckwheat flour?

Three days for the  30 Minutes 30 Days Creativity Challenge Why not join us on the 30 Minutes 30 Days Creativity Challenge Facebook group ?

Update – Just realise I left out the link to the Mandala inspiration post – just in case anyone wants to give it a try

 

 

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – 2

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain this week – been down so long it looks like up to me!

This week’s challenge was to copy a drawing upside down. The theory is that this bypasses the left brain language centre and allows you to draw just what you see. I rushed this a bit and ended up not very pleased with the result. Still I can see that it would have been harder to try to copy it the right way up. I’ll share both the horse and an earlier attempt at the exercise. The main thing that’s going on is getting the proportions wrong. My horse ended up more like The Old Grey Mare than the prancing colt of the original. Still there were moments when it worked and I’m keen to carry on.

horse drawing
First draw it upside down

Then turn it the right way up:

horse drawing
The old grey mare ain’t wot she used to be….

 

As well as these I thought I’d add the ones I did from the book before the challenge started:

You can click through if you want to see them in more detail.

 

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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

Finisterre

Raw Art Lesson 9 part 1.

While in Spain I went to Finsterre. This is a photo of the view looking out from the very tip of the Cape. It is totally unaltered(!) I took it partly because I knew we’d be doing something like this in the workshop. The words down the side are the names of the shipping areas. Three times a day BBC Radio 4 broadcasts a shipping forecast and it has done so all my life.
In 2002 they changed the name of the Finisterre region in the forecast to Fitzroy but the damage was done.

I had to see it!