One Easy Trick To Being a Better Artist

How Using Negative Space Can Be Useful


What do you see?


Negative Space is the space that surrounds an object in an image. While we typically focus on how drawing a painting or object can improve an image, today we will focus on how not using this space can make us better artists. 

 While much of the time artists focus on the subject itself, by drawing or painting the space around the object you want to create, you can actually increase the accuracy and liveliness of the object by not constraining it to the shape or form that we recognize and give it. 

Next time you sit down to draw and paint off of a picture or model, look at the space and shapes around the object. This way, if you're struggling with an object, for example, if you can't draw a chair and can't get the proportions correctly, you can draw everything around the chair to reinforce the negative space around the chair. This will give you the right space to draw the chair. This will turn the shape of the chair, something familiar, to something new

The more difficult the subject is, the more useful negative space can be. For example, when drawing a hand, the fingers and knuckles and nails can all be intimidating. All those factors can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you focus on the spot around the hand, and between the fingers, the shapes become much less complicated.

By using this trick, your art can greatly improve when you hit a roadblock and can't figure out how to create a particular object with your work.


Home Art Studio Is Full of Fall Fun

Looking for a fun activity with your kids this Holiday Season?

The Home Art Studio, a popular resource for kids K-5, came out with their own Holiday Arts and Crafts DVD full of instructions on fun crafts for you guessed it, the Holidays!

Perfect for this time of year, this dvd includes two craft activities and a one food art project for holidays such as 

  • Valentines Day
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving 
  • and Christmas


Follow helpful Ms. Volin as she guides you and your children through kid friendly activities to do during the holidays. Projects are all geared towards grade levels K-5 and each project comes with a list of recommended supplies or recipes. 

So if you're interested in following along with any of these festive projects:

  • Valentines day: Hanging Heart Suncatcher, Heart Flowers, Pizza Heart
  • Easter: Call Lily Flowers, Bird Centerpiece, Jelly Bean Nests
  • Halloween: Candy Corn Garland, Monster Treat Bags, Haunted Caramel Apples
  • Thanksgiving: Corn Wreath, Turkey Pinwheels, TeePees
  • Christmas: Snowman Pencils Toppers, Elf Silverware Holders, Marshmallow Dippers

Check out the Home Art Studio Holiday Arts and Crafts DVD!



Artist Spotlight Reviews-Vanish 4-in-1 Artist Eraser by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

A Review of the Vanish 4-in-1 Artist Eraser


A Review of the 

Vanishing 4-in-1 Artist Eraser

by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson, artist and art instructor

Elizabeth Gyles Johnson of Wind and Honey Creations is a pencil artist who focuses her art on the delights of life.  Elizabeth teaches the intricacies of drawing at all skill levels to a collection of students worldwide through online workshops and classes at  Learn more about Elizabeth in our featured Artist Spotlight post, and enjoy her demonstration here of the Vanishing 4-in-1 Artist Eraser

As an artist who works predominantly in artist's pencils of various kinds, I have to admit that I am very picky about my erasers.  They must work well, efficiently, and cleanly.  There are a lot of popular erasers that I won't even purchase because they are not up to my standards.  My drawing students can attest to this.  So, when I first saw the claims made by the Vanishing 4-in-1 Artist Eraser I was hopeful but skeptical. 

I am so pleased to tell you that the Vanishing 4-in-1 Artist Eraser met all my expectations and more.  This eraser works cleanly and efficiently on graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, soft pastels, and even the challenging conte' crayon.  I have to say that I was impressed.   It can easily replace most of the other erasers I have used.  It worked smoothly and gently with even the lightest of papers.  And left no smearing or residue on the surface.

I enjoy the shape of the Vanishing 4-in-1 Artist Eraser.  It is a block that fits nicely in my hand.  The straight edges help to create clean lines when erasing and the corners can even be used for very small areas.  This eraser comes with a thin cardboard like cover.  I like leaving that cover on mine to help keep it clean.  But you can take it off if you prefer. 

Try the Vanishing 4-in-1 Artist Eraser.  The cost is minimal and the benefits are huge.  Next time you order from Jerry's Artarama be sure and add some of these erasers to your list.  


Vanishing 4-in-1 Artist Eraser
Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels
Derwent Graphic Pencil
UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper
Artist Survival Book
Reflexions Pocket Journal
Conte' Crayons


Watch as Elizabeth demonstrates the Vanishing 4-in-1Artist Eraser with several media


Elizabeth Gyles Johnson purchases all of her artist pencils from Jerry's Artarama because of their customer service and great packing of delicate artist pencils for shipping. Here are some other drawings Elizabeth has done with pencils purchased from Jerry's Artarama.


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