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    up&downstream of compositions

    (sorry for my bad english skills if im not able to express myself propperly)
    ive read something on composition in an old post in the mentoring forum
    and i wanted to add something.
    it was about the rule that in western civilisations pictures are "read" from the left to the right like a letter. (if the attention is nt drawn to a certain point at the beginning. (like the word LOVE in caps))
    if "lines" in compsitions arent horizontal this can lead to an up or downstream of the eye which provokes certaint feelings.
    a composition leading downwards right side of the image is mostly felt as negativ in general (feelings like giving up, but also feelings like relief)
    and upstream is provoking positiv feelings like (accomplishing something, but also agression.
    or even better, if thought of as ying and yang the downstream would be white while the upstream would be the black part.
    (simplified, think of the stock marked)
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    even if there are no characters in the first pair the mountain leading the eye downwards to the right lets you feel like its your way to go.
    while the one leading upwards makes you feel like you had a hell of a hike in front of you.

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    if you are drawn to read the image the other way around like on the second plane (should be a plane ) landing, the upstream doesnt quite apply.

    (whats your feelings about these two? for me the first one makes me feel the yin (white), side, lets say, but like i was happy coming back. while the second one also beeing yin makes me feel like i wanted to stay)

    probably because it seems paradox to our way of reading images.
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    this image shows some guys with lightsabres. (haha, yea i know, but i only got gimp+a notebook with no mouse)
    since i dunno if and why im right.
    tell me wich ones of these two pairs would be the jedi's
    (should also apply if they arent shown in pairs)

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    The plane one is interesting, but the lightsaber one has no change in meaning for me. This kind of leading, though, works best in juxtapozed images, especially in sequential art.

    Comic artist Kazu Kibuishi likes to play around with this sort of thing in some of his work. You can check out some of that here:
    http://boltcity.com/copper/

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    It depends on whether you're used to reading in a language that is written left to right, or right to left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arenhaus View Post
    It depends on whether you're used to reading in a language that is written left to right, or right to left.
    Well that and also if it was a face (in the picture) you'd actually tend to look at one side more to read an expression http://earthsky.org/human-world/whic...-research-says

    So that can also play a part too

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    smallpoly-
    youre right sequential art tends to be less distrative according to other issues of presentation. and i had a look at kaza kibuishis stuff.
    i like the one where hes fishing and his rods in the water to the left. if he' get one biting hed pull it to the upper right side. success!

    in general, this is of course not an issue that cant be broken due to other factors, but if supported it can play a role in what is to be accieved to represent.

    about the jedi just make a guess.

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