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  • A - Figures on the left in a left-right reading order appear more dominant

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Thread: Left to right Composition question. Dominant arrangement?

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    Left to right Composition question. Dominant arrangement?

    A while back, we had a drawing lecture on the position of figures in a simple composition, a few points were covered, such as raising one character above another to make them appear dominating and the lower character recessive in the conversation/exchange/fight/whatever.

    I also remember the lecturer going into how we read from left to right and how that influences our views on who is the dominant figure and who is the recessive. But I've forgotten the specifics of which figure in the composition becomes dominant and which becomes recessive, using this Left-Right technique alone.

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    Left to right Composition question. Dominant arrangement?

    A is talking to B or B is talking to A, doesn't matter which. I've made them both appear level so as not to complicate things, so here's the question I offer you tremendously awesome bastards.

    Which is the more dominant figure in the above composition? A or B?

    I know it is everything to do with the direction we read text, that is, left to right and viewing a composition right to left feels alien to most people. The problem is that I read mangas which keep the right-to-left format, so the alienation factor doesn't work as well on me and I just go all pld:

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    By looking at the pic, I'd say left is dominant. But that could also be because red is a bolder color, I think.
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    Thanks, I edited it to rule out any and all compositional factors aside from who is on the left and who is on the right and which is the more dominant

    It's been bugging me for the past few months, this one question =P
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    I think the general rule says that the right dominates more because this is where you eye comes to rest, which is why the left side sometimes is heavier to compensate. I personally don't think that one is more dominant than the other if both are identical, but it can make a difference, especially taking into account what it is the characters are actually doing.

    A man running left to right on the left side of the image is different from running right to left on the right side for example. In the first it's as though you're running with him, and in the other running past. The differences can be subtle, but pretty interesting.
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    There was another thread recently that discussed this.
    I believe part of the conclusion was that characters on left, facing to the center would be regarded as more of a "good" character and vice versa.
    This is from the Western left to right read though.
    This is reversed in many Asian cultures. I believe someone said that some Japanese comics were mirrored before printing to ship to the US to make them read better for Westerners.
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