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The Figure Ground Relationship

The figure-ground relationship is the dialog between the figure and background that integrates the picture. An ancient standard in drawing and painting dictates that a form should not sit in isolation the picture plane; it needs a connection to the rest of the composition. With practice, an artists will develop a distinctive means of achieving this. This lesson will demonstrate the use of a contrast reversal to maintain an active relationship between the figure and its surroundings.

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