Positive and negative space

For my first piece I found it hard just to focus on the negative space around the plant and table, so I decided to just lightly sketch out the whole arrangement and rub out the details later. I’m happy with the outcome, I think the leaves look cool as negative space, but I think I could have been neater with some of my brush strokes and lighter with my sketch as you can still see some of the pencil lines.

When drawing the second piece I found it much easier to draw the negative space as the sculpture is more complicated than the plant. I tried to be neater with my painting this time and I think it looks a lot better for it. I used fine liner to complete the other side of my piece, and added in all other detail from the sculpture to that side. The drawn side turned out much better than I thought it would as I struggle drawing the human body, and I thought it would turn out quite bad. I really love the look of this piece and I think the contrast between simplicity and detail is really effective. This is similar to what will be the out come of this project, a simple dress on one side and a more detailed, abstract dress on the other.

Noma Bar-

Bar is an Israel-born graphic designer, illustrator and artist. His work has appeared in many media publications including Time Out London, BBC, Random House, The Observer and The Economist. Bar’s work has been described as “deceptively simple”,featuring flat colours, minimal detail and negative space to create images that often carry double meanings. I love the bold colours he uses, and the style of his work reminds me of the bright, simple posters from the 1920′s.


Nataraja is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the divine dancer. The two most common forms of Shiva’s dance are the Lasya(the gentle form of dance), associated with the creation of the world, and the Tandava (the vigorous form of dance), associated with the destruction of weary world views-weary perspectives and lifestyles. In essence, the Lasya and the Tandava represent two aspects of Shiva’s nature-he destroys in order to create, tearing down to build again. Historic Nataraja artworks found in different parts of India are set in geometric patterns and along symmetric lines, particularly the satkona mandala that in the Indian tradition means the interdependence and fusion of masculine and feminine principles.

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