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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—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—remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? First published in 1991, Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.

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"A must-have for picture book aficionados."- School Library Journal, starred review

"Brilliant, insightful, and accessible."--Print Magazine''s Best Design Books of the Year

"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

"Will delight any artist, art aficionado or reader of picture books."-- Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Imaginative and impressive."-Noam Chomsky

"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

"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

"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

"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

About the Author

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.

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DarlaRose
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Kindle Copy is Terrible
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
This is a review of the kindle edition, not the book itself, which is an excellent and useful resource. The illustrations are not in the right spot in the text, and it''s not just because of the layout I was using - I tried adjusting everything to make the text and images... See more
This is a review of the kindle edition, not the book itself, which is an excellent and useful resource. The illustrations are not in the right spot in the text, and it''s not just because of the layout I was using - I tried adjusting everything to make the text and images line up, but sometimes the illustrations are literally in the wrong spot, following or preceding the wrong block of text. Which is the *entire point* of this book. In my opinion, as a digital book this should be formatted in a fixed layout so that you always see the text with the illustration it''s describing, in the layout the author and publisher intended.
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NJB
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This book is too large or too small for this idea
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2019
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... See more
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. OK...got it...either go deeper into that subject, or move on...that''s what this book didn''t do. I don''t understand how some people managed to use this as a reference, going back to it time & again. 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...guess I''ll have to keep looking.
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K Mills
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Text of Kindle edition isn''t properly formatted
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2016
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... See more
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 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.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2020
Molly Bang’s little book is very much her own perspective and may or may not work for you. It kind of worked for me, but I’m afraid that I got impatient as I discovered other ideas (radically different from hers) within her illustrations. I got more from her actual finished... See more
Molly Bang’s little book is very much her own perspective and may or may not work for you. It kind of worked for me, but I’m afraid that I got impatient as I discovered other ideas (radically different from hers) within her illustrations. I got more from her actual finished book illustrations than I did from all the contrived pictures about shapes that went before.
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Justin T
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Concise but Powerful
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2017
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... See more
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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Susan Harrison
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Shape, Color and Composition
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2019
How many times have you stood in front of a picture that you like but don’t really know what makes it have that effect on you. This book goes a long way into breaking this down into easily understandable pieces. A valuable resource for practicing artists and art critics as... See more
How many times have you stood in front of a picture that you like but don’t really know what makes it have that effect on you. This book goes a long way into breaking this down into easily understandable pieces. A valuable resource for practicing artists and art critics as well.
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The Hardcover version is wonderful
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
This delightful thoughtful book is just as fun for an artist as it is for non artists. It makes a wonderful gift and provides excellent ideas for discussion with others about visual meaning , design elements and our Individual response. I have already gifted it a... See more
This delightful thoughtful book is just as fun for an artist as it is for non artists. It makes a wonderful gift and provides excellent ideas for discussion with others about visual meaning , design elements and our
Individual response. I have already gifted it a friend outside the visual arts field and plan to gift it
To other book loving friends in the future. It is inviting and one wants to open it a take a look right away.
I highly recommend this book for a wide range of individuals and ages. When Covid season passes
I hope to enjoy this book in person with my grandchildren and use the discussions to explore
The many Caldecott award books we collectively own.
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Revelatory
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
A reasonably short, exceptionally well written treatise on pictorial composition, and color theory that will engage anyone interested in visual art, including film and photography, even if he or she is not an artist themselves. But note that this is essential theory, not a... See more
A reasonably short, exceptionally well written treatise on pictorial composition, and color theory that will engage anyone interested in visual art, including film and photography, even if he or she is not an artist themselves. But note that this is essential theory, not a guide to teach or improve actual technique. Still, it is seriously worth the small time investment it takes to read it. Highly recommended. I can see myself returning to this again and again over the years.
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Elisa
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A must read for artists
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 11, 2021
This is a shortish book but it sets out clearly the basics of picture composition for maximum impact and demonstrate them in a very accessible manner. Although we know instinctively these principles, we tend to overlook them when concentrating on other aspects of...See more
This is a shortish book but it sets out clearly the basics of picture composition for maximum impact and demonstrate them in a very accessible manner. Although we know instinctively these principles, we tend to overlook them when concentrating on other aspects of illustration so this is a very useful reminder. The exercises at the end are also very helpful.
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Mr. J. A. Smith
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Simple, accessible, brilliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 15, 2017
This book changed my life. It is the key that opens up the mysterious world of image composition. It does so by grounding the principles in a reality you are familiar with rather than presenting them as abstract, is ''diagonal lines create a sense of movement'' I''ve read it...See more
This book changed my life. It is the key that opens up the mysterious world of image composition. It does so by grounding the principles in a reality you are familiar with rather than presenting them as abstract, is ''diagonal lines create a sense of movement'' I''ve read it many times in books on art, but why? The answer is quite simple and in this book there ate many of these answers. I loved it.
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jb
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Interesting and Educational - very easy to follow
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 17, 2019
I was recommended this book for learning about composition in art - I''m glad I bought it, it opened my eyes to the ways in which artists can use different shapes, colours and positioning to achieve very different results.
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J. Baum
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A fascinating conceptual approach
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 21, 2018
With so many graphics apps offering click button support for classical composition, this goes right back to the core of composition, how it''s perceived, and how to think about applying these perceptions to your own work. It teaches thinking, and looking, and seeing. I saw...See more
With so many graphics apps offering click button support for classical composition, this goes right back to the core of composition, how it''s perceived, and how to think about applying these perceptions to your own work. It teaches thinking, and looking, and seeing. I saw it recommended via a Youtube video, and I can only highly recommend it.
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Can''t rate this book highly enough
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2018
studying illustration? want to understand composition and how to make pictures work for your narrative and ideas? Control pace and flow and reader inference/input? BUY THIS BOOK. READ IT COVER TO COVER AND KEEP FOREVER
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