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What is Positive and Negative Space? (#BEKANTANKNOWS)

Positive Negative Space are 2 area of your design. Positive Space can be defined as the areas in a work of art that are the subjects, or areas of interest. Negative space is area around the subjects, or areas of interest.

Take a look at the image below. Do you see faces or a vase?

What is Positive and Negative Space bekantan creative bekantan knows
Rubin’s Vase Illusion
What is Positive and Negative Space bekantan creative bekantan knows

Seeing a vase, means you are seeing the white area as the positive space. The black areas become the negative space. Vice versa If you are seeing faces, then you are seeing the black areas as the positive space, and the white area as the negative space.

Positive space and negative space work together to achieve balance in a composition. Without this principle, a work might be too busy and overwhelming or not activate the layout at all (dull design). To ensure that a drawing or painting is in equilibrium, you must always remember to plan the areas of negative space as much as you do the active space.

Why Positive Negative Space important in Art & Design?

To achieve Compositional balance, one reason why negative space is so important in a work of art. Areas of activity—like the vase in Rubin’s Vase, for example—are only so striking because of all of the space that surrounds it.

Example of positive negative space use:

What is Positive and Negative Space bekantan creative bekantan knows
Balance of Positive Negative Space

What is Positive and Negative Space bekantan creative bekantan knows
Mostly Negative Space
What is Positive and Negative Space bekantan creative bekantan knows
Mostly Positive Space

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