This use of light and dark translates shape and form into flat shapes on a two-dimensional surface. Nōtan is traditionally presented in paint, ink, or cut paper, but it is relevant to a host of modern day image-making techniques, such as lithography in printmaking, and rotoscoping in animation.
- Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers by Arthur Wesley Dow (1899)
- Notan: A Virtual Art Academy building block by Barry John Raybould, MA (2004/2010) Course on Notan
- Notan: The Dark-Light Principle of Design by Dorr Bothwell and Marlys Mayfield (1968/1991)
- The Interaction of Color by Josef Albers (1963)
- Perception and Imaging by Richard D. Zakia (1997/2001)