Most often white space, sometimes negative space comprises another colour such as black. In many ways,
, but negative space is not an option in most kinds of films, where there has to be some kind of backdrop. picturebooks are like film
Negative space is advantageous because lack of setting means a story may not date so much. Although crisp white backdrops in picture books feel contemporary, we can find many examples which are really pretty old.
Dream boats and other stories 1920 by Dugald Stewart Walker Marie Madeleine FRENCH NOHAIN Retold by Edward Holmes Illustrated by Ronald Embleton Eyvind Earle (American Painter 1916 – 2000) Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997) AWAKENING Dorrie and the Blue Witch written and illustrated by Patricia Coombs (1964) Nancy Ekholm Burkert, March from ‘A Child’s Calendar’ by John Updike – first published in 1965 M. Mayofis – Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Lazy Hans PICCOLI CONCERTI DELLA SERA (1980) Josef Palecek Fun for the Shut-in in Childcraft vol 11 by Carl Yates. First printed by Field Enterprises 1964 DIE WEISHEITEN DES HERRN APRIL (1963) Vladimir Fuka tobacco André François cover design for LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR (Jan. 1966) Alone Together, Toonerville Trolley (1921) Fontaine Fox Photo Magazin No 2 1956 Mirko Hanák Barbara Cooney (American, 1917-2000) ‘Chanticleer and the Fox’ adapted from The Canterbury Tales 1958 Animals from the Bible, part 1, all Kinds of Birds and other Creatures Fritz Hug 1960 Tall City, Famous Sally (1966) Chas. B. Slackman soft city ANIMALS AT HOME THE BEES (1967) Iliane Roels A Children’s Garden Of Verses, 1966, Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith Nicole Claveloux, Animaux étranges, 1993 Albert Dubout (1905-1976) Niroot Puttapipat – The Red Fairy Book Niroot Puttapipat – The Red Fairy Book Salvador Bartolozzi, 1923, Little Red Riding Hood The Painter by Kaho Nashiki illustrated by Iku Dekune 2014 Le peintre by Kaho Nashiki illustrated by Iku Dekune 2014. Interesting that the French edition has an entirely different character (design?) on the cover. Kritters of the Kitchen Kingdom by Aunt Jo and Uncle George 1922 Kritterkraft Books (left hand side) Kritters of the Kitchen Kingdom by Aunt Jo and Uncle George 1922 Kritterkraft Books (right hand side)
Interesting examples of negative space can sometimes be found on the back covers of hardbacks, under the dust jacket.
Abraham Lincoln lithographed on stone in five colors by the authors and printed by offset lithography in the USA 1939 back cover