Fern Sketch - Negative Drawing

Original Post: 7/31/2010

Ferns. I love them, they are rich in texture and would be a great addition to wooded scenes. They've been elluding my pencil though. In Mike's book "Drawing From Line to Life", he suggests disengaging the subject by drawing the space around it, or what is called negative drawing.

So I ignored the leaves, focused on the dark spaces between the leaves. I also did not outline anything, again the focus on only tonal shapes "between the leaves".

This is so exciting!!!! Ferns appeared for the first time on my paper! Very fresh, spontaneous and organic.

Here is the small incomplete sketch, but expresses a major milestone....one step closer to the negative world.


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