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Little red ridinghood. Principles and Composition

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By Molly Bang

By Molly Bang

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  • 1. PICTURE THIS HOW PICTURES WORK by Molly Bang
  • 2. Little Red Riding Hood. What shape and color did you choose for her?
  • 3. Little Red Riding Hood
  • 4. The Mother
  • 5. How can we make her more lovable?
  • 6. Who looks like the main character in the story?
  • 7. The mother is still similar to Little Red Riding Hood.
  • 8. The Forest
  • 9. I wanted to stay as simple as possible.
  • 10. These trees are too friendly and remind us of Christmas.
  • 11. This sense of depth is accomplished simply by arranging the pieces so that the thinner they are, the higher up on the page their bases are placed.
  • 12. What can I do to Little Red Riding Hood—ONLY to the triangle—to make the picture feel scarier?
  • 13. What can we do to the trees to make the environment more frightening?
  • 14. Diagonal lines give a feeling of movement or tension to the picture.
  • 15. The Wolf
  • 16. How can we make the wolf more frightening?
  • 17. Why do these triangles look so scary?
  • 18. What else does the wolf need in order to look more wolfish?
  • 19. But even though wolves’ eyes are often pale blue, it didn’t look right.
  • 20. What happens if the eye is made exactly the same color and shape as Little Red Riding Hood?
  • 21. The picture feels very different, and yet all that has changed is the shape of the eye.
  • 22. What feature could I add to the wolf to make it yet more frightening?
  • 23. When two or more objects in a picture have the same color, we associate them with each other.
  • 24. Why does the picture feel more threatening?
  • 25. What has happened now that the teeth are white?
  • 26. THE PRINCIPLES Make note of the principles printed in red.
  • 27. 1. Smooth, flat horizontal shapes give us a sense of stability and calm.
  • 28. 2. Vertical shapes are more exciting and more active.
  • 29. 3. Diagonal shapes are dynamic because they imply motion or tension.
  • 30. A triangle placed on a flat base gives a feeling of stability.
  • 31. The same triangle placed on a diagonal gives a sense of movement.
  • 32. What increases the sense of movement even more in this picture?
  • 33. The addition of each new element can modify the effect of the other elements or even change them completely.
  • 34. The principles described so far result from gravity's effect upon us and the world and the pictures we look at.
  • 35. Composition
  • 36. Putting one shape in the middle of the page is the most uninteresting composition possible. How can it be improved?
  • 37. Move it out of the center.
  • 38. Add More Shapes
  • 39. Change Proportion
  • 40. Change Proportion
  • 41. The next principles have to do with the picture as a world of its own.
  • 42. 6. White or light backgrounds feel safer to us than dark backgrounds because we can see well during the day and only poorly at night.
  • 43. We associate red with blood and fire. What things in nature are either black or white?
  • 44. Curved shapes embrace us and protect us.
  • 45. We feel more scared looking at pointed shapes; we feel more secure or comforted looking at rounded shapes or curves.
  • 46. The larger an object is in a picture, the stronger it feels.
  • 47. The same figure appears much more vulnerable if it is made very small.
  • 48. Space isolates a figure, makes that figure alone, free, and vulnerable.
  • 49. Wide space can create tension between the divided objects...
  • 50. Space implies time.
  • 51. The picture is extremely simple, and extremely effective.
  • 52. Open-Notes Quiz 1. Smooth, flat, horizontal shapes give us a sense of _________ and _________. 2. Vertical shapes are more _________ and more _________. 3. Diagonal shapes are _________ because they imply _________ or _________. 4. The upper half of a picture is a place of _________, _________, and _________; objects placed in the top half often feel more _________. The bottom half of a picture feels more _________, _________, _________, or _________; objects in the bottom half also feel more _________. 5. The center of the page is the most effective _________. It is the point of greatest _________. The edges and corners of the _________ are the edges and corners of the _________. 6. White or light backgrounds feel _________ to us than dark backgrounds because we can see _________ during the _________ and only _________ at _________. 7. We feel more _________ looking at pointed shapes; we feel more _________ or _________ looking at rounded shapes or curves. 8. The larger an object is in a picture, the _________ it feels. 9. We associate the same or similar colors much more _________ than we associate the same or similar shapes. 10. We _________ contrasts, or, put another way, contrast enables us to _________.