Off the Shelf : Picture This - How Pictures Work by Molly Bang
July 14, 2017
Another peek at what's on my bookcase...
I can't remember how I came across this book - it was probably recommended to me by someone arty - but it's packed with really useful info on how the shapes, colours and composition used in creating pictures can have an effect on how they're perceived.
Throughout the book, Molly uses the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood to illustrate her ideas, covering thoughts on how the shapes and colours used in the pictures can help to subconsciously inform the viewer of what's happening. This not only reinforces the 'actual' story, but can also add an emotional element to it - for instance positioning characters (in this case, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf) in a particular way to introduce tension and fear.
I'd recommend this book to anyone involved in any creative endeavour that requires some sort of narrative - from picture book illustrators to photographers to graphic designers. Being able to introduce an extra layer of emotion to an image will always make it more compelling.