Picture This: How Pictures Work

Picture This: How Pictures Work

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Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary.

Bang's powerful ideas remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius: Explore the intricate and thought-provoking ideas that Bang brings to Picture This including thoughts about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? She asks the right questions to get your wheels turning while the illustrations and thoughtful designs bring the words to life.

* Explores the mix of geometrical abstraction and emotional expressions, plus how a few clear principles can be used to build powerful visual statements.

* Encourages you to answer the question, "How does the structure of a picture-or any visual art form-affect our emotional response?"

* Includes powerful imagery and beautiful illustrations to help readers feel connected to the text.

First published in 1991, Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.

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 Award, among other accolades, in her long career as a writer and artist.

Picture This makes an imaginative and inspiring gift for any artist or loved one who is interested in design.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 255 x 243 x 16mm | 610g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Anniversary, Expanded, Revised
  • full color throughout
  • 1452151997
  • 9781452151991
  • 66,791

Review quote

"Picture This is the Strunk and White of visual literacy. A must for anyone interested in reading and understanding images." -Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret
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About Molly Bang

Molly Bang is a legend in children's books, and has received three Caldecott Honors, a Kate Greenaway Honor, four Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors, a Hans Christian Anderson nomination, a Charlotte Zolotow Award, a Giverny Award and a Jane Addams Honor Award. She lives in California.
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Rating details

4,158 ratings
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3 16% (656)
2 4% (174)
1 1% (59)
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