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  • The moth image is dreadful and does not illustrate the effect of Negative Space as elegantly as the vase/face image. It attempts to duplicate the purpose of that image, and not only fails to do so (in that it doesn't look anything like a moth) but has obviously been uploaded by the creator for their own self motivated ego fulfilment. Delete. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:11, 27 January 2012 (UTC)[]
  • Off topic but man, this is a GOOD article! Kudos and thanks to all its writers!--Dagibit 16:35, 12 November 2006 (UTC)[]
  • I don't understand what is meant by 'The use of equal negative space' in the last paragraph
  • I believe they mean the use of a roughly equivalent amount of positive and negative space.
  • This piece didn't really have the information I was looking for. What's the difference between positive space and negative space? In a two-tone image what makes the black negative space or the white negative space in from picture to picture.

In simple terms, the subject it the Positive space and everything else is Negative space. In a two-tone image, I suppose, the artist decides which is the Subject and there by the positive space, according to this article.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:57, 11 March 2008 (UTC)[]

Call me a perfectionist, but the Rubin's Vase as a solid object is not drawn true to life. The right angle at the bottom of the nose cuts off the far side of ellipse that would see on the far edge of the vase. WonderWheeler (talk) 02:28, 17 December 2012 (UTC)[]

Origin of the termEdit

What is the origin of the term "Negative Space"? I fail to see what is negative about it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:19, 24 March 2016 (UTC)[]

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Let's clear up this article -- I'd be happy to help. 1. it doesn't really explain what negative space is, or positive space in relation to it; 2. the discussion gets side-tracked by confusing use of negative space with figure-ground reversal, which is a more specific strategy that is only sometimes used in dealing with negative space. Allenbham (talk) 16:48, 14 September 2018 (UTC)[]

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Merger proposalEdit

I propose to merge White space (visual arts) into Negative space. I think that the content in the White space article can easily be explained in the context of Negative space (they are almost identical), and the Negative space article is of a reasonable size that the merging of White space will not cause any problems as far as article size is concerned. Dylanvt (talk) 19:22, 20 May 2021 (UTC)[]

  • oppose merger - White space and negative space are two different things. Example: in graphic design, "white space" is a design element where the blank white paper background is deliberately left blank to create dynamic tension with other design elements such as typography and images. In fine art practices, such as painting or drawing, the negative space can be what is rendered (or not rendered) in the "background" of an object in space. That sounds a bit confusing but here's an example. If you were to draw a basic chair, the chair would be the positive space, but the space in between the legs of the chair is the "negative space". That negative space could be any sort of background, wall paper, drapery, dark shadows or whatever. It is everything the object is not. White space is more relevant in graphic design, where as negative space is more relevant in the fine arts. Netherzone (talk) 01:09, 18 June 2021 (UTC)[]
    • Okay but this very article discusses graphic design, and says that negative space is often called "white space" in that field. Even if they're used in different fields, they're very similar concepts that can easily be covered in one article. Dylanvt (talk) 20:04, 28 June 2021 (UTC)[]
Oppose merge, as these are different topics that sometimes use the same word. That FedEx logo on the White space (visual arts) page is misleading, though, because it is an example of Negative space, as well as an example of white space use (as discussed in the text of that article). Differences between the pages can be elaborated in a distinguish, or similar, hatnote. Klbrain (talk) 16:01, 11 October 2021 (UTC)[]
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