Let me back up a bit though. Through my study of cubism, I have been thinking a lot about how a sketch or a painting can be pleasing even if it is not representational. I think this is the very thing that drew me to cubism initially. Once an artist has mastered to some degree the ability to represent a subject, it can become unchallenging, and even boring. Of course, there are many ways to expand one's talents. Right now, my focus leans toward Formalism, wherein I am attempting to fine tune my awareness of the Elements of Art (line, shape, color, value, and texture) and the Principles of Design (rhythm, movement, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, and unity).
It would seem like an almost impossible task to attend to so many items while making a work of art. So, I use my sketchbook to practice each day, sometimes concentrating on certain elements or principles at the start of my drawing, but always analyzing my product with the use of these guidelines
As I look at my sketch from a few days ago, I consider the way cubism impacts positive and negative space.
For some great example of the use of space, click on the image below to open a new window at www.creativebloq.com:
The image below was my first real attempt at a cubist composition: