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Letting in the Light: Negative Space in Abstract Drawing

By Abstractartbylt @artbylt

Negative space is essentially the space between objects (forms) and lines.  In a drawing, it is the white space of the paper showing through.  The shape of these negative spaces is as important as the forms themselves.  In the abstract drawing below, I've emphasized some of the negative spaces by outlining them with a fine point black pen. Other negative spaces are made subtle or bold depending on the thickness and intensity of the lines which form them. 

   2011 Abstract Drawing #12, 11.5" x 9" archival inks on paper.

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