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!
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. ;__;
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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..
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.