Molly Bang's How Pictures work
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Art Anderson
Hi Proko Composition followers. Has anyone else read Molly Bang's book How Pictures Work? I am just starting it and wanted to start a thread to see what others opinions are.
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Marshall Zazen
I think it's one of the best books on Gestalt principles I've ever seen. I read it a long ways back in college and thought it was a children's book with how it was designed, but what I discovered is that it was written simple enough for anyone to understand how the picture making works. Using only 2 tones is genius in that it creates the only option of front and back, toward and away, etc. Z Depth unconcerned with X and Y, and yet... flat as can be. It's an easy read that gives a LOT of insight in simple digestible pages.
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Zoungy Kligge
I have it and just taught a continuing ed class with that as the text book. (Based on Marshall's recommendation in the Draftsmen podcast). I love it! It's great to use in conjunction with picture books for young readers or well designed film clips, analyzing each scene, page or spread. I found I was noticing new things in storybooks that I'd read dozens of times already.
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Art Anderson
Nice I am about half way through it and really liking it. 
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Rebecca Shay
Yes I have! I checked it out from the local library. It’s a quick read unless you want to follow the exercises. I don’t think I would’ve appreciated as much if I was just starting out. I don't know if I would purchase it though, feels like very simple concepts that I can easily retain because she explained it so well. Definitely worth a read!
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Luigi Manese
From what I can remember, it's a very quick read but with a very impactful takeaway. I think most artists can get carried away with adding detail to make a composition feel more 'finished', but Molly Bang points out that having a strong simple statement with a good read is infinitely more effective. Worth the read through, and it's something that you can apply to your pieces right away.
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Izak van Langevelde
Great starter, I like its simplicity! However, you need to follow through with books that address more complicated compositions.
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Art Anderson
Nice thank you. Got any suggestions?
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Tristan Elwell
It's my favorite composition/storytelling book. A classic.
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Art Anderson
I am really enjoying it
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