Negative space is the negative or empty space around the object. In the cutout project, you could find negative space with the tan (the left) surrounding the pink and the pink space (right) surrounding the tan. Because of the negative space, you could really tell what the picture is supposed to be, a tree. It just stands out more because of the negative space and with the colors contrasting it. In the stool drawing, the negative space is the shaded area. Negative space is important because it really gives effect to what your picture is.