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Do you more often draw your characters facing left or right? 

48%
1,007 deviants said Right handed & draw characters facing left
14%
302 deviants said Right handed & draw characters facing right
13%
276 deviants said I have no bias towards characters facing left or right
6%
126 deviants said I have no idea/don't draw characters
5%
105 deviants said I just want to see the results!
4%
94 deviants said I draw characters looking straight at the 'camera'
4%
82 deviants said Left handed & draw characters facing right
3%
63 deviants said Left handed & draw characters facing left
1%
18 deviants said Ambidextrous & draw characters facing right
1%
17 deviants said Ambidextrous & draw characters facing left

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:icontigerchu:
Tigerchu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find it easier to draw them facing left. The way my hand moves naturally. Circles facing left. I have been playing around with it, though.
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ArtsyMaria Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, I always thought I just had a problem drawing characters facing right, because I am horrible at it. I always draw my characters facing left. I can do it to the right, but with great difficulty. I never thought that it could be because I am right handed. I never made that connection; but apparently it must have something to do with it because, according to this poll, I am not the only one!
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Roaring-Flame-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, I always think in the back of my head that people are going to hate my art because I feel most comfortable drawing racing the left (righty here). I try to mix it up but the right is haaaaaard. ;__;
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:iconthedementedfreakshow:
I was at an even mix up between right-handed drawing characters facing left and drawing facing at the 'camera'
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:iconnekoni:
nekoni Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Right handed with characters facing left! That's very normal!

I noticed that when I liked pokémon, looking through the anime's 'pokédex', almost all the pokémon faced left. HMMM mysterious.
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:iconsharinku:
Sharinku Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Wait. Is it my left or my character's left?
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Anime-Guru1217 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Usually the poses are varied, but I've noticed that many of the faces I've drawn end up looking to the right (fully, out of the corner of his/her eye, etc) :iconwthplz:
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:iconloreen:
Loreen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
definitely facing left in sketches and illustrations. I'm right handed.
But it's different in my comic because there I have to control things like that. probably even more often characters are facing right, because usually the movement is to the right.
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wackko200 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm Right-Handed and I think I mostly draw characters facing right and then left.;)
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ah-kaziya Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a tendency to draw my characters facing left since I'm right handed. I think it's mostly a habit developed when I was learning to draw (self-taught), and I would draw quadrupedal characters. Since I'm right handed, I started with the head, then worked my way toward the right with the body and everything (so my hand wouldn't drag across the pencil and smudge it), which resulted in a left-facing character. I still find faces in profile easier to do facing left than right.

As for handedness, I usually try for an even balance, and usually the pose dictates the character's eventual handedness when I'm not actively thinking about it. So I think I have an even mix. In some instances, usually with weaponry, I try to actively think about the character's actual handedness and make sure I get that in there no matter the pose, but with other random drawings, I go with whatever fits.
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ah-kaziya Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And I may have misinterpreted the handedness question in the poll. Oops. :blush:
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Chocomegs Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After seeing the results... I feel so generic. D:
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Lakikana Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought I had a bias, but looked through my gallery, and I don't! Which kind of makes me proud of myself xD
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Clovis15 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I'm suprised that one single answer can account for nearly 50% of the people responding. That many of the people taking this poll are right handed isn't a suprise as it is more genetically common, but the greater prevalence in drawing people facing in some degree to the left is fascinating. I went through my own gallery and counted and found that left facing people come out far further ahead than right facing people (and the bulk of right facing people existed almost exclusively in two character pictures).
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SrFenixon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My characters usually look at the camera.

Also, I often draw ambidextrous and left handed ones, for some reason I don't like to draw right handed, it's weird because I am right haned myself.
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wayner8088 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...I had no idea I'm among the majority...:D
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Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
This is a very thought-provoking poll. I had to go through some of my character drawings to look at them. Most of them are right-handed facing the left of the page, but I find that when I do group pieces, I'll either have them facing each other or I'll have them looking at the camera.

Very interesting poll though. :D
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:iconarafel:
arafel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Facing their right or my left?
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:iconranuncudahlia:
ranuncudahlia Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Part of the 1% who's ambi and draws toward the left uvu
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:iconpetersassypan:
PeterSassyPan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I draw faces usually left ..but breaking mysel of it..trying new stuff.
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pinali Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm right handed and used to have the 'facing left' bias, but it went away as I stopped drawing so much "single character standing around"/"floating bust" and started planning out my compositions and poses beforehand.
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Mutsumipat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Digital Artist
OMG that's a good question actually ! I never thought about it ! oO
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:iconotakujeanette:
otakujeanette Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LEFT HANDED! :D um i draw both sides, i guess it depends on what the characters are looking at xD
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:iconteirra-misaki:
Teirra-Misaki Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
theyre looking straight at me but are usually angled slightly to the left
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:iconcrystal-secret:
Crystal-Secret Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
unless they look at something or Im drawinh a comic? I be drawing them 3/4ths looking to the left. no idea...why.
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narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I remeber that the facing is entirely cultural thing or something, maybe how others read backwards like japanese.

I can't remeber. Its about camera angles too or something in movies, but i can't remeber sadly.

I really don't think much of the direction of the character, unless its really composition based. Like the eye usually directs you around the picture.
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Saiyakupo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I'm right handed. I do draw characters facing one direction a lot. Which annoys me XD; But I don't know which direction exactly.. so I looked through my gallery to see which direction I 'prefer' .. and it appears to be 'left right left right left right right left left center right left right center' etc...
Basically I do all the directions apparently |D
Which direction to make your character face depends on the picture itself, really.
The way I figure, if they're on a jeourney, make them facing which way they are going if you can picture your drawing as a 'map'. If they are going east, make them face right, if west, left.
And if they aren't on a journey, then if they live on some planet (or some rock), then make them face right if they live on the west side and left if they live on the east side. This is not cuz 'manga vs comic' style, this is cuz to me it's like 'WEST IS SAYING HI TO THE EAST AND EAST IS SAYING HI TO THE WEST' That's the way I see it |>
THE END. 8B
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Blaze-Typhoon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I usually draw them facing what I suppose is called stage right, but I occasionally draw left as well
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yorunaka Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I was really young, my characters would always stare straight. Then I developed a left-facing bias. Hahahaha. But after seeing that, I tried to take note of it so I don't really have any particular bias anymore
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Aisuryuu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to draw them facing right more often. But I didn't really have issues facing the other way.
It seems after I started admiring my friend pidge's work when I started picking up on her left-facing bias XD; now I have trouble drawing them facing right unless I flip the canvas wile drawing it... luckily I do digital work so that's easier to do..
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:iconcarshia:
Carshia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find it more comfortable to draw them facing left.
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maggifan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this poll is interesting, I never thought about it. xD
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LifeIsZealous Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd say that I usually draw them facing right, as it's for their right, not from my perspective.
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StaciNadia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I'm left-handed, and I thought that I had a bias for characters facing left, but looking at my gallery, I found there was a wide variety of directions, so I said no bias.
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vefalasiel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tend to draw my characters on 3/4 views or looking at the 'camera'.
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:iconwalkermonetart:
WalkerMonetArt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Digital Artist
It's a bad habit I always have them facing left, they just look so darn weird facing right
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RyunoOhi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never really payed attention to it, but in reviewing my Gallery, I have no real bias - I do roughly as many left- as right-facing characters, not counting the more varied angles I draw them at.

For statistical purposes, I'm cross-dominant, & I draw with my right hand, especially on a Wacom tablet.

Very interesting poll, Risa!
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ClefJ Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm right-handed, but I have no bias.

Strangely I actually try to find a balance. I remember learning in class once that there's a mood for which way someone is facing. To the left is the more sinister while the right is kinder? I'm not certain, but I can often find myself switching the canvas around to get the mood I'm looking for.
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LP-chan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
checked my gallery..first 3 pages is 13 left facing, 16 right-facing like..maybe 3 facing straight because that is my weakest
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:iconlp-chan:
LP-chan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
*23 left-facing learn to type what you count you dumb whore
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All the characters I draw are drawn facing either way.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I never really thought about it. I took a quick look at my gallery and found that I'm pretty balanced between left and right, but I could sure stand to come up with more interesting angles...everything is viewed head on...
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:iconburi288:
Buri288 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Left handed, draw facing right. I can't even match my own normal ability if I try drawing facing left.
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HeavenSentTenshi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I realized I had a tendency to draw my characters facing to the left (right-handed) a couple of years ago and when I sit down to doodle or sketch, I put a lot of effort into exploring other angles so I don't end up making the exact same pictures over and over again. :P
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NamineNobody Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
While I draw characters facing any number of ways while in groups/doing any kind of action, I've noticed that I tend to have doodles and one-person drawings face to the left (the character's right) if they're just standing up and doing nothing in particular.
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:iconmisskisa:
MissKisa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the great majority is like me :O (right-handed drawing characters facing left)
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:iconluckykoneko:
LuckyKoneko Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
usually left, but I can draw people looking to the right too. and I'm right-handed.
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GhostLiger Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right handed and I find it easier to draw characters facing the left. I heard some time ago that the direction you draw characters has meaning, but I don't know what.
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Elfmaiden687 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I go through spurts. There will be a period where drawing characters facing one way is, for some reason, just impossible for me to pin down. A few weeks later it'll switch to the other way. It's weird.
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son-sora Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
this made me think quite a bit
just wondering, what is the reason behind this question?
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