Art by Jeff Knecht

Negative Space

21 Jan 2009

I am really unhappy with this. I considered not posting it at all, but then I thought there are probably a lot of other people who are considering picking up a pencil, but who don’t do it simply because they’re afraid to suck.

Well, let me tell you… it’s OK to suck. That’s why it’s called a sketch book and not an art book.

Anyway… the idea behind this is that you draw the shapes around the primary object instead of drawing the shapes of the primary object. By drawing the shapes around the thing you really want to draw, the left side of your brain is able to take control, because the shapes become more abstract. Instead of drawing the stretchers between the legs of the chair, you’re just drawing some interesting triangular type shapes.

Unfortunately, my proportions were all out of whack. The chair is too tall on the top and/or too wide at the bottom.

I was so unhappy with the negative drawing that I thought I’d take a stab at a more traditional sketch. That one didn’t work out so well either. Better, but not particularly good.

Well, some days are better than others. Guess I’ll just have to chalk this one up to “just one of those days”.

Both of these are 2B pencil.