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?.
Email address: Please provide an email address. Categories of Interest: Select All. Current Affairs. Historical Fiction. True Crime. Event Coordinator. Film Executive. Feb 08, Maddie rated it liked it Shelves: I decided to start with this one solely because it was the shortest, page count wise. This book takes a deep look into how we respond emotionally and psychologically to pictures. It is written in an easy to understand way, so it is very accessible.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in art or graphic design. There are wonderful books, and lovely books, and delightful books. There are also valuable books that satisfy intellectual cravings and hunger. Molly Bang's Picture This falls into that valuable category. I can admit that I know next to nothing about art and illustration; now I know a bit more.
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The book is really amazing because Bang tries - and I think succeeds- in teaching you how to look at a painting or picture, and really understanding what it going on. Not necessarily the intention of the There are wonderful books, and lovely books, and delightful books.
Not necessarily the intention of the painter or illustrator - although that is still certainly true - but also why, when you look at a painting, certain things going on in the painting make you feel and react the way you do. Bang does this cleverly and in such a way that you get it; she's never talking down, nor does she ever dumb anything down.
A remarkable book! 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 I've never encountered such a precise simple book on 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! A book taking apart what we perceive to see using simple construction paper cut outs. Simple shapes depicting emotions like you've never really imagined.
As a photographer, I felt this book reinforced basic principles and made me look at layout more critically than before. I highly recommend this quick read to anyone involved or interested in any visual art. You can be an amateur photographer, film director or doodler - this applies to all of us at some basic level. It describes picture structure in terms of our feelings. A unique exploration of form and colour that Kandinsky would have been proud of.
Molly Bang breaks form down to the basics: She uses four colours: By playing with the sizes and shapes, with their colours and their positioning, Bang illustrates the principles behind our feelings for structure.
Smooth is stable; pointy is scary. Verticals are active; diagonals are dynamic. Larger is stronger. The upper half of picture plane is freedom and happiness; the bottom half is heavier and sadder.
Contrast enable perception; wide spaces engender tension. Chaos is alarming; regularity is reassuring, until it becomes too persistent and tips into horrifyingly mechanical.
I particularly enjoyed her paraphrase: Either extreme is terrifying. I think of a remark made by the Japanese novelist Akutagawa, that for him the worst hell would be an unending forest of cherry trees in full bloom.
The language is simple, the conclusions seemingly simple, though actually fundamental. This is be a book a child could read, and I'd offer it to one, but it is a book every adult should read: I think the similarities are there and stem from similar underlinging thought processes.
I'd be curious to see a study investigating the subtle differences between visual and verbal metaphors. Know any such studies? Send them my way! Aug 01, Spindrift rated it liked it Shelves: This is an interesting book, and it does a good job at explaining the effect of some! There's something to be said for having all the underlying principles in an overview, but these only fill a small section of the book.
For illustrators who never considered the way shapes and colors ef This is an interesting book, and it does a good job at explaining the effect of some! For illustrators who never considered the way shapes and colors effect us it might be an interesting read. But since it's kind of an essential chunk of knowledge in our work the chance is small that you aren't already familiar with everything in the book unless you are new to the field.
For more experienced designers this book is too superficial and the examples to narrow to gain a deeper and more practical understanding of the topic which is what I hoped for when I downloadd it. Back in the day when I read the original version of this seminal work on illustration and how pictures work, I raved about this book, and I found it incredibly insightful and important in how I reacted to images.
Today, twenty-five years after it was published and with expanded elements, I have not changed my feelings at all. Using simple shapes such as triangles and c Back in the day when I read the original version of this seminal work on illustration and how pictures work, I raved about this book, and I found it incredibly insightful and important in how I reacted to images.
Using simple shapes such as triangles and circles as well as colors, Molly Bang demonstrates how moving those elements or changing them slightly can evoke different reactions in readers.
The examples speak powerfully, and the supporting text enhances what she has drawn. Visual literacy surely got its start in this book, and I felt honored to be taken on a tutorial of the essential elements of illustration. Fans of picture books will find their appreciation of the format enhanced after reading this book, which has multiple uses for young readers, academics, and artists as well as those of us who marvel at the creative process of authors and illustrators.
Definitely a must-read for anyone who makes their living reading picture books.
There is so much interesting analysis that is implicitly known, but I hadn't quite put my finger on it before. I haven't been a fan of Molly Bang's illustration before, but I am definitely going to revisit her books with fresh eyes.
A Definitely a must-read for anyone who makes their living reading picture books. A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design also for kids. Introduces readers to the structural elements that make the pictures we view so emotional for us.
Picture This: How Pictures Work
Topics covered include: Extension activities can be found at the end of the book. Each concept is supported by Introduces readers to the structural elements that make the pictures we view so emotional for us. Each concept is supported by computer generated graphics using basic shapes and colors. This book is incredibly useful for parents and educators who spend a lot of time reading picture books. It adds a depth to a reader's understanding of the artwork whether they have much formal art training.
Highly recommended read for all ages! Feb 08, Ms. This is a decent little book for someone just getting started in graphic design or visual art. It presents some general psychological principles regarding how the things we see translate into emotions we feel. However, there is enough here for the beginner to get her feet wet, and start thinking about visual present This is a decent little book for someone just getting started in graphic design or visual art.
However, there is enough here for the beginner to get her feet wet, and start thinking about visual presentations in a more nuanced way. David Bayles. Visual Grammar Design Briefs. Christian Leborg. Product details Hardcover: Chronicle Books July 1, Language: English ISBN Start reading Picture This: How Pictures Work on your site in under a minute.
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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. site Edition Verified download. Low score for major format issues in the electronic edition I saw this issue mentioned in a number of reviews of the past edition, but hoped it would be resolved in the re-release. Alas, it is not. If you enjoy reading a coded text in which almost all characters that aren't standard letters are some other thing, this book is for you.
I'm sure it provides additional brain exercise while you absorb the images. Incidentally, the images in the site edition are also appearing somewhat off from their descriptive notes, which is also a bit confusing. I adapted and figured it out after a while, but wish I hadn't needed to. Here's hoping the publisher will notice this and fix it and retroactively fix everyone's e-copies. That would be great.
The book itself explores useful concepts of composition in a relatable way. Paperback Verified download. So when a photographer recommended this book I jumped on the opportunity and I'm very happy that I did.
Molly Bang's "Picture This: 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. If you have any interest in learning how using lines and shapes can create a story, download 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 bookFrequently bought together. I'd be curious to see a study investigating the subtle differences between visual and verbal metaphors. 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: I taught the course for several years to high school and college students, teachers, non-teachers, men and women in jail.
The book is a ground for understanding this aspect of visual art and for and making it. This is an amazing read for anyone interested in the arts.
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