Negative Space and Negative Emotions (Maybe. Or Maybe Not.)

Here is a mail art postcard made in 3/21. To create it, I covered the background in random colors and patterns. I then used India ink and a bamboo brush to wash around the figures and the little checkered floor they are standing on. Quick and easy.

I find when I do this process the figures take on a life of their own. These two may be having an argument, and I think the one on the left is no longer listening to the one on the right. In fact, she is walking away. Maybe to think happier thoughts?

16 thoughts on “Negative Space and Negative Emotions (Maybe. Or Maybe Not.)

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I learned it from this book: – I’ve also done most of the other techniques in the book at least to try out. Changed my whole approach. Anyway, if you do this, I think it works best at first with a liquidy substance like India ink and a swishy brush, if possible. As you get into it you will see where you want to take it. I don’t do watercolors (not yet anyway) but it seems to me it could work with them too.

  1. petrujviljoen

    Negative space: something I learned about at an art college I attended a lifetime ago. A whole new world opens … at least a field of vision.

    Btw, your ATC arrived! Thanks so much! Into the collection box it goes.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Oh good, I am so glad. These days we do not know what the mail will manage to handle. You know, I never heard of negative space until maybe a few years ago (being self-taught, there are gaps…) I understood the concept but did not know it had a name. Anyway, you are so right – a whole new field of vision opens when you stop looking at the one and start seeing the other.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. It is an interesting technique and always leads to unusual results, I think. I also enjoy the switching of perspective I get as the drawing progresses, from seeing the outline to seeing the outlined.

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