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Molly Bang has authored and illustrated more than three dozen books and has won three Caldecott Honors, a Kate Greenaway Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow . Everyone knows that a picture tells a thousand words. Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers editorially hand-picked. This is a great, but THIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME BOOK AS "Picture This: How Pictures Work." It's in the fine print, but I bought them both and only then realized it.
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Picture This book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Everyone knows that a picture tells a thousand words. But what about. Picture This: How Pictures Work. First published in Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition published in About the Story I had illustrated several books and. 2. How can I make her feel less overwhelming and more huggable? How can I keep her large but give Little Red Riding Hood prominence in the picture?.
How Pictures Work" is a fantastic resource for any creative person trying to get a better understanding of visual dynamics. The frist thing I did when I got the book was to simply look at the pictures -- even without reading the text the graphics tell the story of how to create a more visually dynamic image and story.
If you want to get a better understanding of what "draws your eye" or to get a handle on "seeing" rather than simply "looking" then check out this book.
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If you have any interest in learning how using lines and shapes can create a story, buy this book It's one of the few books required for grad school that I used and am happy to keep on my shelf.
I didn't like this book's format to illustrate the ideas of evoking emotion in pictures by the shapes, the colors used, the spacing of key parts relative to each other.
This is obviously a big topic, with lots of ways to interpret the ideas and many ways to illustrate those interpretations. But for all that, it still felt like this book was spending way too much time on each idea. Perhaps that's because the treatment was very superficial - it did make for a striking lesson on how shapes evoke emotion to show how the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood could look 'bad' by making him a pointy triangle vs a rounded amoeboid.
After 3 pages I knew where it was going, but I still didn't feel like I had learned anything new or useful. I'd rather have a more in-depth analysis and lesson book One person found this helpful. I required this book in my university-level art courses: I've never encountered such a precise simple book on composition. When I was in art school, we experimented with composition with our teacher saying "just draw shapes".
It was very frustrating because I didn't know why certain shapes worked and others didn't, and so I never got anywhere. For years I struggled with composition and knew something had to be done about it. After reading this book, I finally understand composition!
When you first open it it looks so simple you get worried you already know everything in it, but Molly explains everything so perfectly, showing you both examples of what works and what doesn't, and most importantly, why. There are also exercises at the very end of the book to put your knowledge to the test.
This book should be mandatory in any art major! I loved it. Bang provides simple visual examples to her narrative explaining how and why we are impacted by pictures.
I even did the exercises which are well worth the time and effort.
I nice reflective reprieve from my normal 'to do' list and they inspired greater curiosity. I'm a photographer and I'm looking to improve my ability to frame and compose images.
I didn't think this book would be exactly relevant to photography, but I decided to give it a try, based on the glowing reviews. This book offers simple but profound insights on the psychology that drives human reaction to pictures, and I'm eager to apply the knowledge I've gained to my photography.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Picture This by Molly Bang. Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang. Everyone knows that a picture tells a thousand words. But what about the elements that make up a picture? Using the tale of Little Red Riding Hood as an example, Molly Bang uses boldly graphic artwork to explain how images -- and their individual components -- work to tell a story that engages the emotions: Why are diagonals dramatic?
Why are curves calming? Why does red f Everyone knows that a picture tells a thousand words. Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold?
Get A Copy. Hardcover , 96 pages. Published July 1st by Turtleback Books first published September More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Picture This , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 30, HBalikov rated it really liked it. How does composition of a picture affect the viewer?
Molly Bang's study of color, shape, position, etc. What I mean by that is that it made me look at paintings, photos and other graphic material with some new insights as to what the artist was trying to convey or why the work affected me the way it did. I believe it will also make me a better photographer as I, more consciously, employ some of her insights.
Aug 18, Jane Dugger rated it it was amazing Shelves: I discovered this book on Penelope Trunk's website.
I don't usually go for books like this and almost didn't read it before returning it to the library. But I am sure glad I did.
And be sure to read the whole thing i. This was such a fascinating book and you will never look at art, pictures, etc. I inhaled this book.
I wish I could renew it to be able to read it again and again and refer back to it. It's that amazing. It's not difficult reading b I discovered this book on Penelope Trunk's website. It's not difficult reading but there are some serious concepts in it that will change how you think about perspective. Seriously, one should read this in grade school, high school, college, our 30s, 40s, 50s, etc.
This would make a great book club pick. It's not a long read but thought provoking. Everyone could bring one of their favorite pictures, artwork whatever and talk about how it speaks to them and how they think about it after reading the book. Wouldn't that be a fun book club, different than the usual stuff?
View 1 comment. Thrown in the midst here I have a book about how picture books work. Though the theatre voice in my head says that this should be required reading for every design and directing student to teach them about how stage pictures work because the concepts are the same and Bang communicates it so well. She uses Little Red Riding Hood to demonstrate many of the key points. She keeps on track with very little tangents and the points she gives cut straight to the core.
Nov 18, Ahmad Hossam rated it really liked it Shelves: I've recently become interested in the world of graphic design. The first thing I found out that it's not about what tools you use, it's about how you see. So this is my entry book to the field, and indeed it delivers.
After going through its simple illustrations and insightful comments, I don't think the way I see the world will ever be the same again. Jan 16, Sylvia rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this deceptively simple book, Molly Bang uses basic geometric shapes to show how pictures work: Using cutout shapes to explain abstract statements such as "smooth, flat, horizontal shapes give us a sense of stability and calm" or "diagonal shapes are dynamic because they imply motion or tension," Ms.
Bang walks the reader through the psychology of a picture. She shows how Little Red Riding Hood can be illustrated using these In this deceptively simple book, Molly Bang uses basic geometric shapes to show how pictures work: She shows how Little Red Riding Hood can be illustrated using these principles and simple shapes.
She analyzes the emotional impacts of design elements such as composition, shapes, colors, contrast, and space. While much of this is intuitive, having it articulated in simple graphic form is invaluable to any visual artist. An elegantly simple intro to visual design, exploring how different shapes, sizes, colors, and spaces evoke the emotional responses they do, and how to tell a story with the barest of materials i.
Tracing the author's journey of experimentation and discovery, the book invites readers to become newly curious about their intuitive responses to various images, and to imagine tweaks that might induce different responses. All pretty fun and eye-opening. Perfect for a n An elegantly simple intro to visual design, exploring how different shapes, sizes, colors, and spaces evoke the emotional responses they do, and how to tell a story with the barest of materials i.
Perfect for a new designer-in-training, or for anyone who appreciates the strategic use of images. Feb 08, Maddie rated it liked it Shelves: I decided to start with this one solely because it was the shortest, page count wise.
But most third graders are not bursting with violent emotions, and since strong emotion was the aspect I found myself most interested in, I decided to work with seventh and eighth graders.
As we worked, we kept trying to figure out what changes elicited which feelings, and why. I got a clearer and clearer idea of certain principles that enable artists to imbue pictures with fairly specific emotions. The following year, with the help of Ann Stern, I honed the course in Cambridge public schools and eventually self-published two manuals: I taught the course for several years to high school and college students, teachers, non-teachers, men and women in jail.
It became clear that the folktale format was a good way for each person to tell a tale that both worked as a story and gave insight into the writer's own fears and abilities. The course was also a very effective way for people to begin to understand how pictures work. Yet I realised that the principles apply not only to folktale illustration, but to sculpture, movies, architecture - to all the visual arts, so I wrote up the picture section of the course separately as Picture This.
After being rejected by about twenty publishers, the book was finally published by Little, Brown, and went out of print a few years later.As we worked, we kept trying to figure out what changes elicited which feelings, and why. Event Coordinator. If you're interested in art theory, or how pictures do what they do, I highly recommend reading this. Email Address. It can be helpful both for beginners and those who have some experience in drawing and illustrating.
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