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Old 12-28-2007, 08:14 AM
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I have seen a lot of positive comments on books about notan so I ordered the one with the best reviews. I was tremendously disappointed. If any of you are familiar with this, please tell me what I am missing.
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Old 03-03-2017, 09:57 AM
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Re: Notan?

Hi guys, any advice on good bookson notan by any chance?
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:46 AM
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Re: Notan?

You don’t say which book you bought on Notan? I don’t have a particular book on it myself but there is usually brief mention of the term in books on Design.
Both “the Art of Color and Design” by Maitland Graves and “Art Structure” by Henry N. Rasmusen refer to it and put it into the broader context of Design.
As you know Notan is a traditional Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark elements usually presented in paint or ink using a flat pattern treatment.
Chiaroscuro is another way of using light and shade but in a naturalistic way, the two can be combined as in Dean Cornwell’s Library Murals.

And converted to grayscale to emphasise the design element.

Not sure how you want to use Notan but it’s best used for its decorative and design possibilities.

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Old 03-13-2017, 09:25 PM
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Re: Notan?

I struggled with that idea of "Notan". I had been seeing people do black and white drawings of their and other people's images, or taking photographs in greyscale and calling that "notan". Like, what's the point? Then I read Arthur Wesley Dow's 1920 book 'Composition: Understanding Line, Notan and Color'. He learned about it in the late 1800s from a friend who was an expert on Japanese art, and was the first teacher to use the idea with western students. He says "beautiful notan". Not just randomly black and white, it has to be a beautiful pattern. Oh.
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