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

Negative spaces is the space in a piece of art that is not occupied by an object. It is usually one of the darker spaces in the drawing and artists usually fill the space with dark scribbles or ignore it.  

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

Negative space was the space in my cut-out that wasn’t occupied by the pink silhouette of the bird. It was relatively simple to find because it was the contrast of two very different colors, pink and green. In my still life drawing, it was also easy to see because the negative space was where the object wasn’t. It was pretty much a black and white contrast.

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

It helps an artist to see negative space so you can define the shape of an object without drawing all the tiny details on the object. Negative space helps define the main focal points on a piece of art.

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

I think negative space enhances drawing because it makes the contrast of the object and the empty space more dramatic. This means that you can more clearly show the object without having to define all the tiny details.


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My Podcast

​I have got to say that I have had a lot of fun with finding just the right music and trying to work with my intonation, though I might not have achieved the "perfection" there.
The instrumental is called "A hint of jazz" by Roy Todd (here is his youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/roytoddmusic?feature=watch if you are interested in more) and the monologue is written by Kellie Powell called Like Dreaming... Backwards. Both are beautiful pieces in my opinion! 

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Negative Space

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

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

At first it was very hard for me to find the negative space. To find it in the cut out I had to first find the actual shape that I was making, than find all the space around it. It was much easier to find the negative space in the drawing, but I had to look at the object, than I looked at what I saw around the object, and I could draw it.

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

I think it helps an artist to see in negative space because than there is contrast that they can see.

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

I think it does enhance the drawing because there is so much contrast.
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Negative Space Drawing

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

Negitive space is drawing the background, of an object not the actual object.


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

I found negative space in my cut out when I pasted my turqouise pieces down on bright paper I could really see the negative space. I found negative space in my still life drawing, by shading in between the white space around my object.


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

It helps an artisit to see negative space because the object becomes clearer

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

It does enhance drawings because the object becomes more prominant. More frount and center.



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Trosario- Storytelling Project

This is my project, it is not based on a true story but more of the stories I have heard and encountered. 

I chose to make a video with images I drew since I didn't like the idea of reading my work out loud. Having the words on the video gives the reader the chance to image what the characters sound like. Also I left the story open to the point that they are left with a main question that they get to think about their answer. 

I think that the way I showcased my story was interesting and different since I created all of the images myself. 
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Negative space Drawing

Negative Space Reflection/Blog:

1. Photograph your negative space cut outs

2. Photograph your negative space drawings

3. Upload them to your blog

4. Answer the following questions in full sentences.

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

Negative space is the space around the artwork that is filled in. The image that is shown is negative. Meaning blank. 

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

I found negative space in my cut out, by cutting one piece of construction paper while using the template as a guid to create the tree. Once I had the half of the cut out I had to look at which spaces would best accommodate the full picture. In my still life drawing I had to really look at the space around the objects in order to leave the drawing of the object inside of it. 


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

Because you are not looking at only the image itself that you are drawing but it helps you look at everything around.

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


Yes. It makes things more vivid because you see the curves and things that negative space makes you look for when you are coloring. 

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Lee,Othello

Donesha Lee

Journals English


Journal #1:

IAGO

That Cassio loves her, I do well believe ’t.

That she loves him, ’tis apt and of great credit.

The Moor, howbeit that I endure him not,

Is of a constant, loving, noble nature,

And I dare think he’ll prove to Desdemona

A most dear husband. Now, I do love her too,

Not out of absolute lust—though peradventure

I stand accountant for as great a sin—

But partly led to diet my revenge,

For that I do suspect the lusty Moor

Hath leaped into my seat. The thought whereof

Doth, like a poisonous mineral, gnaw my inwards,

And nothing can or shall content my soul

Till I am evened with him, wife for wife.

Or, failing so, yet that I put the Moor

At least into a jealousy so strong

That judgment cannot cure. Which thing to do,

If this poor trash of Venice, whom I trace

For his quick hunting, stand the putting on,

I’ll have our Michael Cassio on the hip,

Abuse him to the Moor in the right garb

(For I fear Cassio with my night-cape too)

Make the Moor thank me, love me, and reward me

For making him egregiously an ass

And practicing upon his peace and quiet

Even to madness. 'Tis here, but yet confused.

Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used.

 

 

Well, within this paragraph is mostly addressing the audience, as well, as himself. He gives the audience the preview of his plan to began. Where he discusses that he will"have wife for wife". He feels as though the Moor stole his wife. He says he loves Desdemona only for her ability to help carry out his plan. she is like his favorite game piece.He wants revenge on Othello so much that he says it's eating him up inside. He says that he will not be happy until his plan is carried out. He also discusses his plan using Roderigo and Cassio. Although, he is mostly using Cassio. He said he doesn't have all the details but, he has a good plan overall. His plan will be happening blindsiding the people he is using, but putting his plan in motion directly in front of him.Also, at the beginning of the paragraph he discusses and admits that Cassio is actually a great guy, however he still needs him becuase he is in the “loop”.Meaning he is close to Othello. So, saying that we find that Iago has intentions to pursue his plans using Iago.

 Journal #2:

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Lodivico walks in just in time to find the pimp slap of his cousin Desdemona, by her husband General Othello.He sees the tension of the room increase. The tension sees to rise due to Desdemona as well, as himself talking about Cassio in front of Othello.He doesn't know why Othello would be so upset to know they need to go back to Venice. He ask questions about the whereabouts Cassio to have Desdemona answering them, rather than Othello. Soon Othello goes on a little temper tantrum and ends with Othello hitting Desdemona. He ask othello of why he has hurt Desdemona, but is pretty much answered with an exit of Desdemona.Othello answer him by telling him he will follow threw with the orders of the letter.Then he exits. Leaving,Lodivico to wonder why the self-controlled guy he once knew to become filled with rage.Knowing of Othello being upset he begins to question. Seeing the story threw Lodivico’s perspective it is as though your on the outside looking in, and when that happens it becomes easier to see who is doing what.


Journal #3:

Emilia was always a brave hearted women. Her mother named her Emilia Rose to represent the strong woman she wanted from her daughter. She was born into a family that was not very wealthy. Due, to the way things were, her parents put her into an arranged marriage. Knowing of this she decided she would go along with it , But she had to meet him first.She was not presented with a prince charming, but a man she had to grow to care for.She wasn't in love with him, but she respected him. Since he was close to the army. Iago helped her get a job being a maid for Desdemona.Although, she had a money,place to stay, and a husband. She never had what she really wanted, which was a child she could call her own, for her husband was always to busy with "duties".So every time it rained she would picture all the souls of the children she could never have.


Journal #4:

  • What specific actions, movements, and tone of voice are you bringing to your character during your performance?

-I bring caring and the movement of touching my cross at the exact movement she refers to the “heavens”.However, when my husband enters I get a little feisty.

  • What PROP and/or COSTUME item is your character going to have? (It is your job to brainstorm one item that you are responsible for. Some props are clear, like a handkerchief or a wine glass. Others will take a little more creativity!) 

-handkerchief

-cross tights 

-cross necklace if I can find it

- What is going to make your group's presentation stand out? What have you worked on and agreed on as a group for your scene?

-I memorized my lines, so that should help.We all get use the handkerchief.

Journal #5:


“My wayward husband hath a hundred times woo’d me to steal it, what he will do with it, Heaven knows,not I.I nothing, but to please his fantasy.”

“Do you not chide,I have a thing for you.What will you give me for the same handkerchief?”

-Emilia


These quotes was important due, to Emilia showing two different sides toward her husband. In the first one she is alone and talking to herself.She says that Iago begged her to steal it, although she doesn't know why. Also, that he only wants to “cater” to him.She goes from caring about Desdemona to wanting to please her husband.Then when he comes in her whole mood changes, she sees the person she married, and a whole different perspective than what she wants.I delivered both lines to show her change in character.My group performance  was good and went as expected. We all had props, I’m proud of memorizing my lines. It is hard to memorize Shakespeare!I wouldn’t have changed anything.I now know more about the play, and I found out a different  ending than what I thought.

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Story Through Sketches

Initially I wanted to create a film with minimal character dialogue – similar to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Seeing as how my quarter three benchmark was an analytical essay focusing on Kubrick's works, I decided I wanted to do something different and step outside of my creative comfort zone. Recently I've developed an appreciation for George Condo's paintings (You can check out some of his work here, here, and here). Through his works I have come to appreciate paintings and illustrations as mediums to tell stories. What I wanted to with this project was tell a story simply through illustration.

I knew facades would be a focus of my story, but I was unsure of what story to tell. I decided that instead of creating a story to illustrate, I would create my story by illustrating. 

I began my story by creating a few rough sketches. First I drew a man who had an eye encompassed in a rectangle. Then a blank bottle. Finally I drew a man of utter absurdity. In these sketches I saw three themes: facades, dependence, and psychopathy. I decided that these themes would be the timeline of my story – beginning with facades, and ending with psychopathy. From there I took my rough sketches and began to give them character.

The man with the eye encompassed in a rectangle became a man of two faces in a tuxedo; the blank bottle became a bottle of bourbon. I didn't realize it at first, but I was taking pieces from Stephen King's The Shining – a film Kubrick directed, and giving it my own twist. 

I really enjoyed this project as it allowed me to push my creative comfort zones. If I were to do this project in the future, I would do a few things a bit differently. I would choose to tell a story through more sketches and color. I feel that I limited my story's potential by sticking to only three sketches – though I believe that if I had created more the quality may have suffered. In the future I would also chose to create my story before illustrating.



My sketches can be found here. My story sketches are Final_Image_1, Final_Image_2, and Final_Image_3, while my rough drafts are labeled "Rough_Draft_x" Enjoy!

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Othello Journals

Journal #1

 

Bade him anon return and here speak with me,

The which he promised. Do but encave yourself,

And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns

That dwell in every region of his face.

(Look out onto the audience) For I will make him tell the tale anew

Where, how, how oft, how long ago, and when

He hath, and is again to cope your wife.

I say (whisper low to Othello), but mark his gesture. Marry, patience,

Or I shall say you are all in all in spleen,

And nothing of a man.

 

This whole soliloquy will be spoken somewhat to Othello. Iago should speak this in a low and devious voice, almost whispering to him.

 

 

Journal #2

Barbantio

In the beginning sequences of the play, Barbantio is told by Roderigo and Iago that The moor is having sex with his daughter. This makes Barbantio angry and causes him to send out a search party for his daughter and Othello. Once he finds them, Othello is taken to the duke where Barbantio expresses his disgust and anger. It may have been different had he been told that the moor “fell in love with Desdemona”.

 

Journal #3

 

My Role: Othello

Othello is a Moor. The word "moor" is a word for the black people that inhabited Europe during that time period. The Moors brought over a lot of new cultures and ideas, including warfare techniques. This is was allowed Othello to serve as a general in Venice. Before, Othello was a slave of the Persian’s. The army of Venice and the Persian’s were at war, with the Persian’s losing severely. Othello was one of the last men standing, with no intentions of holding back. Barbantio took notice of this. With Othello’s blade staring down the face of one his soldiers, Barbantio commanded him to stop. He then asked Othello to stop killing his men. Barbantio offered to make him a general in the Venetian army. That was the birth of his new life in Venice.

 

Journal #4

 

The way I perceive Othello is nothing like myself. I’ll try to overcome this by standing up very tall and straight, to show his masculinity and firm build. Also, My voice is not as low as I imagine Othello’s to be, so I’m going to make my voice a little deeper. As a prop, I’m going to try and find a turban or a kufi. More than any of the props, I hope that our understanding of the lines will make our scene stand out from the others.

 

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Journal #5

 

“Why, why is this? Think’st thou I’ld make a lie of jealousy, to follow still the changes of the moon with fresh suspicions? No, Iago; I’ll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove, and on the proof, there is no more but this,-- away at once with love or jealousy!”

 

 I said this line as if I was telling Iago he was jumping the gun. He was making too many assumptions. Our scene went exactly as planned. We all played our parts as we rehearsed. If I had more time, I’d have memorized my lines so that I could make contact with the other actors. The language in the book is a little hard to read so, acting it out gave me a sense of what the characters’ words actually meant.

 

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Q4-BM: Othello Journal

Journal # 1: Find a soliloquy in Othello when Iago might be addressing more than one of the possible audiences discussed today. Write out / copy and paste the soliloquy, and add your own "director's notes" indicating where Iago would switch delivery techniques to appeal to a higher power, and then to himself, etc. Indicate how his line delivery and physical movement might change to show he is changing audiences.

“I have rubbed this young quat almost to the sense,

And he grows angry. Now, whether he kill Cassio

Or Cassio him, or each do kill the other,

Every way makes my gain. Live Roderigo,

He calls me to a restitution large

Of gold and jewels that I bobbed from him

As gifts to Desdemona.

It must not be. If Cassio do remain

He hath a daily beauty in his life

That makes me ugly. And besides, the Moor

May unfold me to him—there stand I in much peril.

No, he must die. But so, I hear him coming.”


Here, Iago is speaking to himself about his plan. He is speaking is a low, hushed tone because if someone overheard him, his plan would get out and be ruined. Towards the end Iago says “But do, I hear him coming,” He could either be talking to himself, realizing to himself that someone is approaching or he could be talking to Rodrigo to warn him. If he were talking to Rodrigo his voice would raise slightly so that Rodrigo could hear him. Also when he says “That makes me ugly,” he would say this in a disgusted, or sneaky tone. This whole speech is sneaky because he's scheming and plotting against people, and thinking to himself how he will do it.


Journal # 2: Choose another secondary character from Othello (that is, not Othello or Iago or Desdemona) and investigate the play for his/her perspective. Answer the following prompts in paragraph format (150-200 words.)

Name a couple of important scenes that this character appears in. (You'll have to look them up, and include the act and scene numbers.)

- What does this character observe first hand? (What do they see personally?)

- What does this character observe second hand? (What are they told by other characters?)

- How can we understand this character's motivations better when we concentrate only on their scenes?

Scenes:

Act 1, sc 3: Emilia first appear in the book.

Act 3, sc 4: Othello questioned Desdemona about the handkerchief after Emilia took the handkerchief and give it to Iago.

Act 4, sc 2: Emilia help proof Desdemona is inderstion  

Act 4, sc 3: Emilia discuss with Desdemona about how men use women

Act 5 sc 2: Iago kill Emilia.

What Emilia sees happen is that Othello  is angry with Desdemona. Emilia does not know why he is angry, she just thinks that he is jealous of her. As the scenes go on, she also sees Iago wanting Othello’s handkerchief, but she doesn’t know why. She see’s Othello get angrier and angrier, for some reason, and Desdemona getting more and more worried about Othello. At the end, she see’s Desdemona dead, Othello kill her, and Iago was the one who lied all along. Emilia’s husband Iago leaves Emilia in the dark for most of the book. He tells her to give him the handkerchief, which is why she picked it up, but he never gave a reason for needing. In addition, Othello told Emilia that Cassio and Rodrigo are dead which was true. At first, it seems that Emilia only wants to please Iago and is on his side because she steals Othello's handkerchief, and does not tell Desdemona she gave it to him later. But, later in the play, she tries to comfort her and even stands up for her. She even dies because she tried to avenge Desdemona by telling everyone the truth. At first, her motivation was to please her husband, but later in the book it was to get justice and serve desdemona.

Journal #3: Write a character background using your Character Sheet as a guide. Tell the story of the life of the character before they enter the play. Explain how these events influenced them to be the kind of person they are during the events of the play.


Othello lived with his parents until he was 13. When he turned 13, his mother died and she gave him a handkerchief. She told him it was cursed, so he had to be careful with it. He escaped slavery when he was 19. He went on many adventures after, looking for work. Later in his 20’s he became a moor and worked for Venice. While there, he met Desdemona, and told her about all of his adventures. They fell in love and married. These events influenced his actions in the play because Othello probably was worried about losing Desdemona like he lost his mother. He wanted to in control of everything, and that was why he became so jealous. Also, at that point, he’d been threw so much that he couldn’t take anymore grieve. Desdemona was special to him and the idea of losing her made him crazy.


Journal # 4:This is your last journal before your group's performance on Tuesday! Please respond to the following prompts in paragraph format (150-200 words):

- What specific actions, movements, and tone of voice are you bringing to your character during your performance?

- What PROP and/or COSTUME item is your character going to have? (It is your job to brainstorm one item that you are responsible for. Some props are clear, like a handkerchief or a wine glass. Others will take a little more creativity!)

- What is going to make your group's presentation stand out? What have you worked on and agreed on as a group for your scene?

The scene that I am playing in is when Othello gets angry with Cassio because  he thinks that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio. In the scene I, as Othello in the scene, hide in the shadows listening to Iago and Cassio talking to each other. The tone of my voice will be mad and angry. I only had a few line to say but through those lines I will express a lot. When I stand a side I will try to do more then just stand. I will act like I am trying to hear what they really saying to each other. When I see the handkerchief I will express madness with my face. My voice will be strong and I will stand tall because Othello is strong man. For the performance I will wear all white. I had a hard time picking what should I bring for my character. Some of the suggestion that my group had was to wear what Othello had in the film. I went online and google Othello most of the characters were wear white. I thought it would be a good idea to wear white. I also decided to bring a toy gun. The reason is because he is a soldier and of course all soldiers have guns with them. I also could use the gun during my scene when I say my line “ How should I murder him, Iago.....” I can show my madness through the prop that I bring.

One of the thing that our group agreed on is to show a lot of expression and stay true to the character during the scene. The presentation will be more interesting when the we express our feeling out without being afraid to speak low and clear. We have a very small scene therefore every emotion needs to be expressed in words and in actions. For example when Liza and Wendy suppose to run they were really running not acting or just stand . This will help to bring an intensity to the scene and make it more realistic.

Journal # 5:

- Analyze one of your lines from your scene. Quote it directly and then explain why it is important to the play, and how you showed its importance in your performance. How did you deliver this line?

- How did performing the play change your understanding of it?

- Did your group's performance go as you expected and planned? Now that it is over, what are you proud of? What would you have done differently in your performance?

Othello-

“How should I murder him. Iago, a fine woman, a fair women a sweet women”

This quote shows that at that point in play Othello was crazy. Even though he loved his wife, he was driven to kill her. He even knew she was fair and sweet because he said “ fine woman, a fair women a sweet woman”. This was important to the play because it tells the audience that Othello is about to kill Desdemona, and that Othello has finally gone crazy. This also shows that Iago’s plan is working. I showed it was important by sounding angry, because in my mind, it seemed like Othello would be angry. He'd be mad about the handkerchief and even madder at his wife I delivered this by showing my anger and taking out my gun to show I was angry.

Our group performed better than I would expected. During the morning practice at the beginning of the class we changed a lot in the scene. I change how I speak and how to use my hand for emotion. We were able to look at each other more then the paper the performance went so well then I though. Wendy also was able to express more feelings and be true to the character. I’m really proud that my group was able to perform and express our characters as well as we did. The little small detail when Loyd start to laugh or when Wendy give the handkerchief to Liza it took a couple line scene to a whole new level. If we could do the performance different I would want our group to do the scene without the script because then more expression and eye contact can be shown.

When I performed this, I understood how Iago was smart enough to make Othello think Cassio had Desdemona’s handkerchief. Also, Othello was so crazy and jealous he couldn’t think straight and by acting like this I could see how angry and crazy he was. Also, I could see how angry Bianca was. Before I thought she was angry, but now I saw she was. It helped me understand why Othello was mad and why Bianca was. She thought Cassio was cheating on her, and Othello thought Cassio was with Desdemona.



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Negative Space Reflection

Negative Space is the space around and between an image. It's used to be presentable in 3D.
I found negative space in my cut out when it was all put together & I could see the image come out at me. I was able to understand the story that the image was trying to to me through negative spacing. In my still life drawing, I found negative space after i shaded around and inside the spaces of the image.
It helps an artist too see in negative space because it helps identify the real subject in the image.
Seeing in negative space enhances drawling because you can easily tell the main subject of the image.
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Negative Space Pictures

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

Negative space is basically just the space in between whatever the object is that is not the object itself. When you draw the negative space, the thing you are drawing will appear. 

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

I found in my cutout by cutting around the template with the paper behind it. Once I had all the pieces cut, it was easy to find the negative space and make the bird's shape. I found the negative space in my still life drawing by looking at the object I was drawing and one by one drawing the spaces in between it. 

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

It helps an artist to see in negative space because they can make the drawing more detailed and it will look better/more realistic. 

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

Seeing in negative space does enhance drawings because it makes the details stand out and overall it makes the picture more interesting than if it was drawn normally.

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Negative Space Reflection

A. What is negative space.
Negative space is the area of a picture that is blank. The negative space doesn't have any detail, it's just the silhouette.

    B. Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your still life drawing? 
I found negative space in my cut out by using the template to trace. I found it in my still life by drawing the items, erasing any detail and then shading the spaces in-between.

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

By focusing on the spaces in between objects, you can more clearly see the negative space.
    D. Does seeing in negative space enhance drawings, why or why not?

Yes, because it let's you see what you are drawing, painting etc. in it's simplest form. The better you understand what you are replicating through art, the better your art will turn out to be.

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SLA home to one of Philly's top poets

Congratulations to SLA Junior Joshua Melendez for being one of only six poets in the city to make Philadelphia's youth poetry team. 

Josh will be representing Philly this summer at the International Brave New Voices Festival in Chicago, Illinois.


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Negative Space

    A. What is negative space (explain this concept to a fourth grader that has never heard of it) Negative SPace is the space that make up the the drawing and object .

    B. Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your still life drawing? I knew that negative space was the space outside and in between the holes of the object in the drawing.

C. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space? It helps so they can see the tricky parts of the object.

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

Yes because it show people all the aspects and sides of the drawing and it's another way of art without really sketching things out. 
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