PICTURE THIS
HOW PICTURES WORK
by Molly Bang
Little Red Riding Hood.
What shape and color did you choose for her?
Little Red Riding Hood
The Mother
How can we make her more lovable?
Who looks like the main character in the story?
The mother is still similar to Little Red Riding Hood.
The Forest
I wanted to stay as simple as possible.
These trees are too friendly and remind us of Christmas.
This sense of depth is accomplished simply by arranging the pieces so that the
thinner they are, the higher up on the page...
What can I do to Little Red Riding Hood—ONLY to the
triangle—to make the picture feel scarier?
What can we do to the trees to make the environment more frightening?
Diagonal lines give a feeling of movement or tension to the picture.
The Wolf
How can we make the wolf more frightening?
Why do these triangles look so scary?
What else does the wolf need in order to look more wolfish?
But even though wolves’ eyes are often pale blue, it didn’t look right.
What happens if the eye is made exactly the same color
and shape as Little Red Riding Hood?
The picture feels very different, and yet all that has
changed is the shape of the eye.
What feature could I add to the wolf to make it yet more frightening?
When two or more objects in a picture have the same color,
we associate them with each other.
Why does the picture feel more threatening?
What has happened now that the teeth are white?
THE PRINCIPLES
Make note of the principles printed in red.
1. Smooth, flat horizontal shapes give us a sense of stability and calm.
2. Vertical shapes are more exciting and more active.
3. Diagonal shapes are dynamic because they imply motion or tension.
A triangle placed on a flat base gives a feeling of stability.
The same triangle placed on a diagonal gives a sense of movement.
What increases the sense of movement even more in this picture?
The addition of each new element can modify the effect of the other elements
or even change them completely.
The principles described so far result from gravity's effect upon us and the
world and the pictures we look at.
Composition
Putting one shape in the middle of the page is the most uninteresting
composition possible. How can it be improved?
Move it out of the center.
Add More Shapes
Change Proportion
Change Proportion
The next principles have to do with the picture as a world of its own.
6. White or light backgrounds feel safer to us than dark backgrounds because
we can see well during the day and only poorl...
We associate red with blood and fire.
What things in nature are either black or white?
Curved shapes embrace us and protect us.
We feel more scared looking at pointed shapes;
we feel more secure or comforted looking at rounded shapes or curves.
The larger an object is in a picture, the stronger it feels.
The same figure appears much more vulnerable if it is made very small.
Space isolates a figure, makes that figure alone, free, and vulnerable.
Wide space can create tension between the divided objects...
Space implies time.
The picture is extremely simple, and extremely effective.
Open-Notes Quiz
1.

Smooth, flat, horizontal shapes give us a sense of _________ and _________.

2.

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

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