Lecture: The Power of Negative Space - A Look at Guernica
Seeing negative space. Why is it important to drawings?
Picasso's use of negative space is as powerful as his use of positive space (objects). In the example below, the black areas represent the negative space and the white areas the positive space. His use of negative space is so strong that it is almost equal to the positive space. These interesting negative space shapes add an additional level of strength to the image.
Negative space to positive space