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Picture This How Pictures Work Paperback – July 1, 2000
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"A must-have book for anyone wanting to learn or teach about art elements and principles and their connections to (picture book) art and visual perception."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Will delight any artist, art aficionado or reader of picture books."--Shelf Awareness for Readers
"What a pleasure to be given a front row seat as Molly Bang explores and interprets the power and subtleties of shape, line, space, and even color. This is no dreary academic lesson in design. It is an accessible and engaging glimpse of a process of discovery as it unfolds in real time. For anyone wishing to expand their visual literacy skills, I can't think of a better way to start than with Picture This." -David Macaulay, author/illustrator of The Way Things Work, Cathedral, and Black and White
"Retooled and redesigned for a new generation, Picture This remains a peerless handbook and guide for anyone who wishes to make picture books or understand how visual narrative works." -Leonard S. Marcus, children's book historian and critic
"Picture This is the Strunk and White of visual literacy. A must for anyone interested in reading and understanding images."--Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal winner for The Invention of Hugo Cabret
"Molly Bang's Picture This remains a delightful excursion through the landscape of visual literacy. Students of art and design will benefit from its crisp examples and insightful analysis of form in visual communication while enjoying the book's elegant synthesis of type and image." -Robert Brinkerhoff, Head of the Illustration Department, Rhode Island School of Design
"Imaginative and impressive."-Noam Chomsky
"For the past twenty-five years I have had the privilege of seeing Picture This work with a wide range of audiences, from middle school art classes to children's literature graduate students learning about picture books. This edition will allow a new generation to benefit from Bang's explorations, culminating in her clearly-stated insights about what makes pictures work."--Lolly Robinson, Creative Director, The Horn Book
"Brilliant, insightful, and accessible."--Print Magazine's Best Design Books of the Year
"A must-have for picture book aficionados."-School Library Journal, starred review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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 Kindle 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.
Many other books on at go on and on trying to put thinks into worlds. this book uses pictures and graphics to tell you a story while at eh same time you see the decisions and thought process being made while telling you this story. kinda like watching a movie about making a movie. it's not like you read and then heres examples or read and maybe you can see how this works in practice. it's really effective and all there.
at the point I read this book I've done art for a while and though I knew composition. and I did. thats what this book was recommended to me as. but I find it to more about storytelling and how elements you never thought of like composition can be a great storytelling tool. and how graphically with out the superficial elements like drawing a good drawing of say a wolf in this cause. just using framing and position to communicate the story and feeling you clearly want to create.
I love this book, because it best illustrates a fundamental core skill every artist needs.
Some sort of index, which the book completely lacks, pointing to such principles or elements as 'movement', 'unity', 'form', 'emphasis', 'rhythm', 'texture', I feel would have helped me immensely and made a teacher's presence less mandatory.
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. So if you are interested in understanding how lines create tension, the impact of negative space, tonal relations, and getting a better understanding of color and emotional relationships/reaction I heartily recommend this simple little book. 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.
Using the story of Little Red Riding Hood and basic shapes and colors, Molly Bang shows why certain colors and shapes elicit specific emotions. Bang’s use of construction paper examples are surprisingly effective without appearing too juvenile. Her arguments are simple and to the point. Diagonal lines convey tension. Here’s a visual example. Decide for yourself whether you agree or not. Bang doesn’t cite much research backing her claims and her middle school art students are often her main source of insight. Obviously this book isn’t meant to be held under a microscope.
While a little more rigor could have been brought to the claims, I could see how this book may light a spark for some aspiring designers. Current designers and those well-versed in design principles may want to skip this one.