Artist Uses Negative Space to Create Dreamy Horror Landscapes

Dan Elijah G. Fajardo is a Filipino graphic artist who specialises in pop culture illustrations that make use of negative space.

Negative space refers to the space around the subject of a piece of art. The most recognisable example is the optical illusion Ruben’s Vase – where both a decorative vase and silhouettes of human faces can be seen. The curves of the vase, when reflected form the shape of mouths, noses and chins.

In art and design, this space is used to draw focus to the subject and to prevent the image appearing crowded. It’s commonly seen in logos, where key images and words need to be clear and readable. This can also be observed in text – larger spaces between lines make large portions of text easier to read.

Fajardo uses the negative spaces in his artwork to create a moody sense of atmosphere or reveal details of fictional worlds. He has covered many pop culture favourites including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and more. However, it’s his horror inspired works that grabbed our attention. These include pieces paying tribute to Stranger Things, Friday 13th and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Check out more from Dan’s portfolio here.

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