Mountain sketches, mixed media, Renee Jorgensen
Is Negative Space a Bad Thing?
Of course not! When you have a more complex piece, it sometimes makes drawing easier using negative space. That is, outlining the space where things aren't, as opposed to where they are. For example, here is a picture of a charming little succulent garden planted in a shell.
There are a number of roots on the dirt, right in the lower center of the garden (see red boxed area).
If I outline each root, I'll get a tangle of shapes, but my outlines might be unwanted. In the picture below, You can see where I filled in negative spaces, leaving white spaces for the root structures.
You can see the area that used to be white now has some white shapes but the definition comes from finding the negative spaces. Very handy. You might want to consider this technique any time you're dealing with lots of little details. Fun, and it works. It's worth a try! Please send me your images to email@example.com and share your success. I'll post them here! We have 6 days left in our Drawing a Day challenge. Love to see your work!