Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang

PictureThisBang, Molly. Picture This: How Pictures Work. New York: SeaStar Books, 1991. Print.

Genre: craft

Summary: Bang shares fundamental principles she learned, acquired, synthesized after years of wondering just how pictures worked. By “worked,” she means how they effect us or affect our emotions. Really, what she does is boil down and condense an entire Ph.D. study in art theory to a 30-minute read! A great read at that! As an eternally and incurably curious person, I extend endless thanks to Ms. Bang!

Critique: Read this book at your own risk! You’ll never look at straight lines or slanted lines the same again. Colors will take on a whole new meaning and have your wondering, Is that purple bowl safe or sinister? Bang will also rattle your conceptions about proximity and its relationship to tension/suspense. I can’t say “pre” conceptions because, if you’re a non-artist like me, you’d probably never considered it before. But you will now!


By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.

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