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Ver La Tele!: Let's talk about TV

​This time around I want to talk about something specific. I feel comfortable now not relying on Word Reference. I use it a bit for some words for clarity, but I'm trying really hard. 

this time I wanted to know more about a conversational topic. I asked about TV! 

I spoke with a woman from Chile who was 20 named Mariana. She was easily the best conversationalist I've had on Shared Talk, it was great!

y questions for beforehand were:


¿Donde vives?
¿Cuantos años tienes?
¿Qué las programas miras?
¿Miras las programs de los estados unidos?
¿Donde estudias inglés?

I love Shared Talk so I feel confident about my conversation today. I think I'm better at conversation already.

Afterward: 


Proving my idea again, love Shared Talk. I had my best conversation yet. The girl requested me, funnily enough. She had a lot to say and was so easy to talk to. She corrected me a few times but did it very nicely. I love saying jajajaja instead of hahahah


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Henninger Conversation, Post 2


In this conversation I tried to sound natural and keep the flow of a normal conversation going.  


•  What will be your topic of conversation be? 

I wanted to try to have a natural conversation and get to know my conversation partner. 


•  What are 5 questions related to your conversation goal that you can think of ahead of time to ask your partner?

- What do you like to do?

- What do you like to learn about?

- Where are you from?

- What do you want to do when you're older?

- What brought you to sharedtalk?


•  What are you looking forward to about this conversation? 

I think it will be great to get to know someone in a completely different place than me. I want to know exactly how different or similar we are. 


•  What are you nervous about? 

I hope I can keep the conversation moving without using a translator. 


Afterwards:
What did you learn about your partner?  

I learned a lot about my partner in this conversation. We had a very good conversation that progressed as one would between two native speakers of any language. I discovered that my partner Rafael(19, Brazil), very much enjoys learning other languages and has a great love for China. He's also part polish and likes learning about astrology. 


What did you learn from them?

Honestly, I didn't gain much from this conversation except morale. Before this I'd had many dud conversations but this was uplifting. I didn't learn much because he chose to write in english, while I wrote in spanish. In the end, it worked out because I could tell if he understood what I was writing by his responses and it was much easier to do in english. 


What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that in trying to be quick and consistent in my responses, I let some spelling and grammar mistakes get through. I was worried about responding quickly, because with other people when I'd take too long trying to make sure everything was correct, they would disconnect. 


What were you surprised about?

I was surprised he knew so many languages. Rafael knew english, spanish, portuguese, and chinese. 


What are you proud of?

I was proud that he seemed to have no trouble understanding what I was writing. He never mentioned any mistakes which made me happy. 


What follow-up questions do you have?

I just would have liked to know specifically where my spelling, grammar, or usage could have improved in our conversation. 


What will you improve on for next time?  How?

I will think about the context of things before I write them so I use the correct tense of words and such. I'll carefully read and take a moment to fully comprehend what I'm reading so I can answer accurately. 




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Week 2- Maintaining a Conversation

After learning the correct order of a sentence I practiced those skills by maintaing a conversation. This helped me know what and what not to say. It also helped me a lot where I knew how to keep a conversation going correctly.


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Gender-Specific Articles

Some things are attached exclusively with either men or women. We may associate things like perfume with women and things like football with men. Though these objects carry these connotations, we do not specifically refer to gender when we bring them up in conversation. As far as our indefinite (“a” and “an”) and definite (“the”) articles are concerned, nouns do not belong to any specific gender. Consequently, an understandable point of confusion among Spanish students is the assignment of nouns to certain genders. As English speakers, we may not understand why gato is masculine and manzana is feminine. This becomes even more confusing with words that violate the “-o and -a” suffix rule of thumb for nouns. Phrases like La mano have time again been the source of frustration among those learning the language. While this may seem strange to native English-speakers, but as always seems to be the case, we’re the odd ones out.


Like most European languages, Spanish is derived from Latin, one of the oldest world languages. Latin words have always carried gender specific connotations, which were represented in evident parts of their language. In fact, most world languages follow a similar path. Many other languages even use a completely different word to address certain genders. English is unique in its gender neutral articles.



When learning Spanish, it is important to identify the gender that each noun corresponds to. However, misusing the gender-specific articles is not the most egregious grammar error one can make. In today’s world, it’s easy to understand what someone is trying to say, even if they mess up a minor part of the language. Especially in Spanish, the reasons that some nouns are attached to certain genders are not very clear. It’s interesting to think about the way that ancient people saw certain objects as being masculine or feminine, and how much that has changed over time. Even more intriguing is the way that this has apparently led to English, a language in which gender is not explicitly represented in the mechanics of conversation.

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Proyecto de Conversación (Pt. 2)

Who did I speak to and why did I choose that person? 

I spoke to Miguel G. from Panama. I chose Miguel because he speaks and teaches, Spanish, English, and Italian. 
What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them? 

I learned that Miguel was a teacher and it was easier to speak to someone who knew English and Spanish because most people were too eager to speak English, they didn't want to assist me in learning Spanish. 

How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

Speaking to a person who could help and converse with me helped me because I started having more fluid conversations in Spanish. 

What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations? 

I was able to keep up with the questions being asked without taking an extended amount of time to respond. 

What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again) 

Something I need to improve on is asking more questions. I need to plan more questions to ask. 
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Conversation Proyecto_post dos

This person Charles was nice and willing to talk to me. Our conversation went well there was something to talk about and it was patience during the conversation, there were times when I did not respond as fast because I had to figure out a way to work my question or response.
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Week 2 - Past and Future

    For my second week, the question that I am looking to answer is basic shortcuts to knowing when to use past and future tense. Some difficulties arose, as I was unable to find anyone on livemocha that would aid me, or even respond to me after I asked for help. The people who messaged me asking me for help suddenly stopped responding once I asked for help in return. Hrump. For this week, I instead chose a friend who is a native speaker as the alternative. It was difficult to find a time that would work for both of us, so we decided that texting would be the best alternative.

Before I did the conversation, I answered the prep questions. -

Cuál es tu tema de conversación?
    De tema de conversación es pasado y futuro tenso. Yo necesito un refrescar en tema.

How do you anticipate your partner will respond to these questions?
    They may not be able to understand them too well, as writing the language is not something     they're beyond proficient in.

What are you looking forward to about this conversation?
    Being able to talk to a close friend of mine in Español. (Not something I do often.)

What are you nervous about?
    I'm a bit concerned about my friend's written spanish, as he's much better at speaking it than     writing. It shouldn't be much of an issue though, as I should be able to understand it.

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Art Project Quarter 4: Photography

Dalena Bui Photography

 

For this quarter I decided to choose to do my own project involving photography. Last quarter is when I choose to do photography. I was a bit rusty at first now I am more comfortable finding or taking pictures and editing them with photoshop. This whole process made me way more comfortable with photoshop and being able to edit pictures like the way I want and everybody else to see it. i am able to photoshop in a snap and not think twice about it and I really enjoy that feeling. My pictures have become sharper and cleaner and more precise.

Process...

For this quarter I decided to put down my camera for two reasons. One because I was to busy to go out and take pictures and second I have been on Tumblr a lot and I saw a lot of pictures I could edit. I am a Tumblr user and I loved the different pictures I seen on there and how people could capture such a beautiful moment. But I always saw something was missing in the picture and it could be better. Then I thought if I could take those pictures and make them… prettier? Then I decided that would be my project this quarter of taking art and making it better and most importantly my own. I really liked what I did because I am so much more comfortable with photoshop and making the pictures the way I want it to look.

Closing Out The Quarter...

Overall this whole year has been awesome. I let myself get creative and be myself in a artistic way I never thought I could. I tackled photography which I never thought I could do before.I got to do something I really enjoyed but never did because I didn't think I was good enough. Because of art I started to see things in a new perspective. I would like to thank Ms. Hull for letting medo this project and giving me the chance to try something new. I ended this last quarter strong. Hope you enjoy.

 

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Español 3 Q4BM Semana #2

Meaningful Questions and points:

  1. What is your native language? 
  2. Was it difficult learning a new language? 
  3. What are some things you remember from your experience of learning a new language? 
  4. Have you kept your native language, and or passed it down to other generations? 
  5. What were some benefits or downfalls  in your life growing up in a bilingual home? 
  6. What were some difficulties in attending school or work when english was not the primary language spoken at home? 
  7. How has learning two languages helped your life?

    Este audio es de los preguntas ariba. Yo hablo con una de los estudiantes de SLA, quien sabia español. Este audio es de Emilisa
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Starting a Conversation Politely

​This week I wanted to know if there were any special ways of staring a conversation politely verus the alternative, rudely.  When I say starting a conversation I don't just mean walking up to a random person and starting to say something completely random or interrupting someone else's conversation to start your's I mean starting a new one even if it is with a random person.

This week as I mentioned in my last post I was going to try and get down to my old school to talk to my old spanish teacher, Maestra Sandra.  Thankfully we both had an opening and I was able to then go back to my old school and interview her.

Questions

- ¿Cuales son algunos de las formas para empezar un conversación? (What are some ways of beginning a conversation?)

- ¿Usted tiene una forma favorita? (Do you have a favorite way?)

- ¿Hay mas formas a empezar una conversación con alguien cortésmente o mas formas que no son cortésmente? (Are there more ways of starting a conversation politely or impolitely?)


I learned a few things through this interview, one being that that it really doesn't seem like it's all that hard to start a conversation politely.  Another thing that I learned is that being polite when starting a conversation is extremely important in some place, more important than I thought.

One way to be polite while starting a conversation can be found here
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Fail Attempt But Interesting Outcome

What does sports look like in Brazil?

¿Qué déportes important en Brazil? 

¿Qué deportes en muy grande en Brazil? 

¿Haces ves fútbol? 

¿Deportes es mucho importante en Brazil o arte es muy importante? 

¿Deportes en las escuela?


What are you looking forward to about this conversation?
I really want to learn about other countries and their views on sports!

What are you nervous about?
I am not really nervous, I tried to have this conversation before and it didn't work. I just hope I can find someone to talk to me on LiveMocha. 

Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?
I spoke with a boy from Brazil. I figured this would be a good country to find out about. 
What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?
I learned that he is very lazy. Now that I am done the conversation I understand that he likes to use a lot of slang and teen talk when talking. This is why I was so confused. 
How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?
This didn't help me with my goal, like at all. But it did give me a new idea for my next round for a conversation. It allowed me to be exposed to slang in spanish, which is new to me. 
What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?
I continued to ask questions about sports and followed it with follow up questions to try and understand and get some answers. 
What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)
I need to pick better people. It always seems like the people that I wind up talking to all suck. lol. I would also try to understand things better, and ignore a word or two if it confuses me. Try to get the general feel for what my partner is saying instead. 

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Negative Space Reflection:

Negative Space Reflection:

A. What is negative space (explain this concept to a fourth grader that has never heard of it) - Negative space is showing the space between all different figures in reality.

B. Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your stool drawing? I find negative by looking at the actual object.

C. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space? It can be helpful because it shows what they need to add or decrease.

D. Does seeing in negative space enhance drawings, why or why not? Not to me it makes things unclear and not able to understand the drawings.


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That Random Epic Reflection (TRER)-Sabian Rosales

Negative Space is a way to draw by using two colors and one picture. You cut out the picture and put one piece to one side then the piece under that piece to the other side and you continue that until it looks close to the drawing below.
I find negative space in my cut-out by finding the alternating colors and picturing the drawing to a higher level.
The stool drawing (which I did not complete because of time issues) was black and white, opposites. Opposites create a cool effect between the two colors and make it pop.
Seeing in negative space gives you a different perspective of the drawing that you are making and allows you to think of what to add or take.
I think negative space enhances simple drawings but creates a problem in complex drawings.
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Negative Space-aeddy

What is negative space?
Is space around your drawing that isn't being drawn on. 
Explain how you find the negative space in your cut out and your stool drawing.
In my cut out I used another cut out for reference, also I cut out my cut out on colored paper so the colored paper was the drawing and not the negative space
Does seeing in negative space enhance drawings?
I guess it does because it makes a drawing look more realistic. 
Why does it help an artist to see in negative space?
Because the artist needs to see everything in their drawing in order to perfect it.
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Negative Space drawings

A. What is negative space (explain this concept to a fourth grader that has never heard of it)

Negative space is the space that is not apart of the object.This space is like the emptiness in a shape. Exp.In a chair there might be a whole in the chair, and that would be the space.

B. Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your stool drawing?

In my cutout I just chose what I wanted to be my negative space. It didn't really matter when I cut out the white and black shapes. In the stool drawing it was easy to find the negative space because it was basically just the empty space between the stool.

C. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space?

It helps the artist see all the details of the picture.

D. Does seeing in negative space enhance drawings, why or why not

It does because it shows a different more interesting view of the picture.


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Español Conversación #1

Who did you speak with and why?
    On Sharedtalk, I spoke with many people. The person I conversed the most with was a guy named Rafael. It was a little bit of a challenge to speak with three people at once, switching between languages, but overall, it was worth it. I did help some others practice their english (and most of them were Native Spanish speakers).

What did you learn about the person? What did you learn from the person?

    I learned that Rafael lives in New York, but before lived in South America. It was quite hilarious when I tried to figure out why our time zones were the same if he lives in South America, but then after some clarification, I realized he lives in NY, which was cool, because it made us feel closer to one another. We became good friends, even over Facebook. I learned about sentence phrasing the most, and how to say things.

How did the interaction help you with your personal goals?

    This interaction helped me with me gain a little bit of confidence with my understanding of spanish. I also learned just how not to be afraid if I don't say things correctly all of the time.

What did you do well to achieve your personal goals? What do you need to improve on to achieve your personal goals?
    I need to improve on my uses for estar and ser. However, I have improved on how to ask for help, phrasing general questions, and improving my overall spanish immersion.

Preguntas:

-¿Cómo puedo tener un conversacíon normal en español ?
-¿Que tipo de música/deportes les gustan? (Aprender sobre la cultura.)
-¿Que son los similtudes en mi vida y la vida de las personas en SharedTalk?
-¿Por qué la gente quieren aprender Ingles? ¿Que es difícil cuando aprender Ingles?
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Symone's Negative Space Drawings

​Negative space, in art, is space where other things aren't "present", as in, you can't see it. I found negative space in my cut out by tracing the original drawing, and cutting those pieces out. When gluing, I found out that every piece had a meaning to it. When I cut out one thing, the "extra" was actually a piece that showed negative space. When I glued it on, the blank space created a shape that made sense to show my picture as a fully grown tree. I also found negative space in my stool drawing by shading in areas that where in between the object. For example, in a stool, there are empty spaces that sort of have no meaning. I shaded in those areas to create and demonstrate negative space in the set up. 
It helps an artist to see negative space because the space that's around the object they're drawing or in between are just as important as whatever they're drawing. Artist love details, and negative space sometimes brings those details to light, and adds character to the drawing. Without negative space, the drawing, painting, whatever, may not make sense. 
I think that negative space does enhance drawings to a certain extent. Negative space enriches the drawing, and creates a better understanding of it. Say if someone is doing a drawing on a lamp, for example. The person may not be focused on the shape of the lamp as much as everything else, like size and color. When you do a negative space drawing of the lamp, the shape of it is more visible. 
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⚾ Deportes de Argentina ⚾ (Segundo Objetivo)

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​Argentina National Football Team
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Conversation Question: What does sports look like in Argentina?


Pre-Conversation:


•  What will be your topic of conversation be?

The  topic of conversation will be about the sports that are played in Argentina and how that relates to the culture of the country.

•  What are 5 questions related to your conversation goal that you can think of ahead of time to ask your partner?

1. What is the most popular sport in Argentina?

2. What kinds of sports do you play?

3. What is your favorite football team?

4. Do most children like playing sports in Argentina?

5. Who is your favorite soccer player?


•  What are you looking forward to about this conversation?

I am looking forward to learning about the sports of Argentina since I myself is a big sports fan who follows professional football and even play football on SLA's varsity football team.


•  What are you nervous about?

I am only a little nervous about having a full conversation without using a translator. However, I have learned how to deal with this from my work on my first goal.


Post-Conversation:

Reflection:

• Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

I spoke to Juan Vela and I spoke to this person because I wanted to know about sports in Argentina and he is a native of Argentina.

• What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

I learned that Juan is a very passionate soccer fan. I learned that football is the most popular sport in Argentina but other popular sports include volleyball, tennis and basketball. I also found out that Juan plays football and tennis. His favorite football team in Argentina is Boca. Juan's favorite player is Carlos Tevez. Juan also learned that I also play football for my school and my favorite football team is Man City in the English Premier League.

• How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

I am very passionate about soccer and I wanted to learn about soccer in foreign countries and Argentina has one of the best national soccer teams. I have learned a lot of sports vocabulary while at the same time learning about something that I enjoy doing. I also liked that my conversation with Juan included different tenses.

• What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

I was able to learn so much about different types of sports in Argentina and the role it play in the lives of an individual. I also able to utilize all the pre-conversation questions to guide the conversation in the direction that I wanted. I was also able to share information about sports in America with one. It was a two way cultural learning process.

• What specifically do you need to improve on?

I need to improve on my punctuation and to not rush the conversation. I need to stop asking so many questions in a short period of time.


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• What specifically do you need to improve on?

I need to improve on my punctuation and to not rush the conversation. I need to stop asking so many questions in a short period of time.

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Boca Juniors, Juan's favorite football team. 
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Carlos Tevez, Juan's favorite football player.
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Blog Post 2: The Dating Scene.

​In America there are different ways to ask a person out on a date or flirt. I have talked to both Seniorita G and Bridgette from Peru.  Last week I posted about how to greet people of different ages. Now we can move on to dating. 
While talking to Bridgette I learned that
1."Entonces los caballeros son de ofrecer pequeños detalles como flores, o son de crear poemas... ellos son mas romanticos" translated to english she said that "they give flowers and write poems, which is romantic"
2. "Estas rica"- is a phrase that means like common sense.
3." y son palabras que te lo gritan en la calle y incomodan bastante" - Sometimes they yell words across the street and that is quite uncomfortable.
While talking to Senorita G 

She conformed that mean are poetic and gave some great piropos (flirting) in spanish.
The twitter name: #piropitos
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Negative Space

A. Negative space is all the space that is NOT taken up by an object. It's the background space.

B. For my cut out, I found negative space in the outlining of the different parts. For the stool, I first focused on the outline of the stools and then looked at the space outside the outline, not inside.

C. Seeing negative space can give an artist more insight into what they are drawing, and how the object affects the space around it.

D. I think that negative space enhances a drawing, because you become more aware of the environment that the object you are drawing is placed in.


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Negative Space Drawings

​What is negative space?
Negative space is the empty space that is around and inside the drawing, it is whatever the drawing isn't.
Explain how you find the negative space in your cut out and your stool drawing.
First, the entire shape has to be drawn. From there, you shade in all of the empty space that the shape does not cover. Everything you shade in is the negative space.
Does seeing in negative space enhance drawings?
I think it does, because it is a simple concept yet it allows the drawing to be seen in a completely different way, and it looks really cool.
Why does it help an artist to see in negative space?
It helps the artist because it lets the artist see the entire drawing as a whole, including the space that is not being used. It could inspire unique ideas to alter the negative space, and gives the artist a different perspective that could give the artist a whole different view on future projects.

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Getting los Numeros - Spanish Flirtation

​Spanish flirting and English flirting are extremely similar. Everything begins with small talk, but you can begin small talk without getting the person's attention first, can you? 
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These are things that one might yell across the street to a person they find attractive. If the person takes the bait, you can move on to the next step, which is making small talk. 


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Once small talk has been initiated, and a conversation is going, the next step in Spanish is the same as it is in English. Set a date. Ask them out. 


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Alright, you've obtained her attention, and free time, now you have to get her number. It's time to seal the deal. 

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Here is an iChat of a boy (right) asking out a girl (left) using the terms we just learned. 
Getting Their Attention & Making Small Talk
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Asking Them Out
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Getting the Digits
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That's all the time I have for this week! Check out the next blog post where we're going to discuss Spanish Insults!
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Addition to Week#2 Post Welcome Diego!

Another conversation that I completely forgot about was one that I had with Diego, a guy I met on conversation exchange. Our conversation wasn't very much but it did run pretty smoothly until he started correcting me and having me talk in English. But it did start off we just Spanish right off the bat. Which was pretty neat, and I was happy to see that he used words I didn't know with me. This isn't much since I hadn't talked to Diego since that chat but I feel as though him and Kleber are the most helpful out of the ton of other people I got in contact with.
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Negative Space

A. The space between the objects and air. It helps you not get confuse on if the drawing is an item or just blank space.


B. Cut out:

The black paper helped me determine the negative space.


    Stool Drawing:

The dark area helped me determine the negative space. 


C.  It help an artist to see in negative space so the artist would get distracted by the empty space before the object itself.


D. Seeing in negative space enhance drawings because it make it seems more realistic.

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