Negative/Positive Contour | Architectural Drawing
As we discussed earlier, there are three major types of contours:
In this article, we will discuss in detail the method of drawing a “Negative/Positive Contour” and its relevance to Architectural Drawing.
A negative shape is defined as the shape of space that surrounds the object or that permeates it.
Negative shapes drawn from any subject matter WILL, WHEN COMPLETED, SUGGEST the positive shape of that which you are drawing.
The purpose of this exercise is to turn your thinking and seeing from the object itself, to that of seeing shapes of space which surround or permeate things.
The process requires that you see space in a new way. Conventional spatial expectations are reoriented.
Draw the negative shapes seen from your point of view, regardless of the separateness and overlapping of the objects.
Select a specific point of view and compose the drawings. Predominantly horizontal compositions look awkward when they are drawn on vertical paper. The same criteria apply to a vertical composition on a horizontal sheet.
As a general rule, place a horizontal composition on a horizontal plane and a vertical composition on a vertical plane. Variations on rules will require further experience on this subject.