Clever Use of Negative Space in Design

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Design Theory
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A definition of positive and negative space in design can simply be described as that positive space is the areas in a work of art that are the subjects. Negative space is the spaces around the shapes. It is just as important to consider the negative space in a picture as the positive shapes.

Positive and negative space play an important role in determining the overall composition in a work of art.  By understanding positive and negative space and applying your knowledge, you can become more successful in designing your compositions.

Sometimes artists create pieces that have no distinction between positive and negative spaces. M. C. Escher was a master at creating drawings where there was no distinction between positive and negative space. Here is an example of Escher’s work which show the interplay between positive and negative space:

M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher

Here are more examples of clever use of negative space.

Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry

Two for Love Logo

Two for Love Logo

FIAT Girl

FIAT Girl

negative melbourne

negative throat

Peter and The Wolf- Phoebe Morris Illustration

Peter and The Wolf- Phoebe Morris Illustration

Lightbulb Art

Lightbulb Art

by Rene Gruau - awesome shapes and negative space and light!

by Rene Gruau – awesome shapes and negative space and light!

Rene' Gruau

Rene’ Gruau

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