Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, and not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space is occasionally used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image. The use of negative space is a key element of artistic composition.


The examples above give a very clear depiction of how negative space can be used in drawing. The key to using this art principle is making decisions about what is and what isn’t drawn. In the examples below you can see how this can be used in very creative ways to create interesting images that tell a story. Using the images below as an example create your own drawing making use of negative space to illustrate a moment from your favorite book. In class we will be using pen & ink with watercolor but outside of class you could use any computer drawing program you wish and turn it in to your album.