2018 Sketchbook Practice #1

Who loves Sketchbooks?! I DO I DO!

The sense of freedom that comes with creating is a sketchbook is fantastic. Your sketchbook can be a private place to play experiment scribble, write or test out supplies. It is a place that has no rules and can be just focused on you without the pressure of making finished "Art". Last year I created a series of sketchbook practice exercises and I had so much fun I decided to start a whole new series for 2018! So lets jump into week one series 2 of sketchbook practice 2018!

This week are exploring negative space.

Terminology refresher:

Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative spacemay be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally is used to artistic effect as the "real" subject of an image.

Every positive shape is surrounded by negative space. Learning to see and work with negative shapes in your art demands a whole new way of seeing. In this exercise we will be working on training our eye to truly see the space around an object and how that space helps define itself and the as well as the object you are seeing.


Your Sketchbook: Mine is a Global Art Hand Book Watercolor Journal (landscape)

A Pencil

A Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen (fine Tip)

Basic set of watercolors

An objet to draw

Check out the video below to see the process I used for this exercise. If you don't have watercolors feel free to use whatever you have on hand colored pencils, acrylic paint, pastels etc.

Bonus Sketchbook extra idea!

Once you have a page filled up with negative space studies look at the they negative space still left on the page and use it up! You could doodle, add shapes and marks that push you to experiment with your supplies try out some new color combinations or add some other color medium you have been eating to try. Here is your chance to add color and life to the extra white space and explore, play and have fun! Check out my picture below for my before and after fill in the negative space extra fun!

I hope you enjoyed this quick sketchbook exercise and I hope are able to find some time to explore! It is never a to late to start creating and exploring your creative process.

If you want some extra Sketchbook fun check out my $5 Sketchbook Practice Mini Class! It has 11 exercises to get you creating and filling up your sketchbook in no time! I would also love for you to share your pages and explorations in my Facebook group Creative & Caffeinated and/or on Instagram using hashtag #DrawRiotSketchbookSeries I find that sharing with an online creative community helps keep me going and inspired!

Until next time! Enjoy Your Creative Journey!

XOXO - Tori

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