Negative space is the area around the an object. The object it's self is called the positive space because it is the part that is there on the frame. When I was cutting out the shapes, what ever was cut out was the positive space and what ever was left from the cutting was the negative space. In the stool drawing, the negative space is everything around the stool. It helps an artist to see the negative space because only the objects shape is standing out. It enhances the shape of an object.