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Facing Problem

GimmGimm3 years agoAsk MFC
Okay, I got a really serious question here. Why do most figures look at their left side? I was wondering this the other day when I was browsing MFC, and then realized almost 90% of the figures in my collection are either facing left or looking left(which is the viewer's right-hand side).


Maybe my collection is small, but the only three characters who are not facing left is Tharja from Fire Emblem: Awakening, T-shirt ver. C.C. from Code Geass and Lelouch, who is actually facing forward.

But seriously, why? Is there a reason to make figures facing left?

And, just curious, how many figures in your collections are facing their left??
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13pt
When you're sculpting something detailed, you'll use your dominant hand, think about it. It's harder to sculpt an upper body facing away from your dominant hand. Since most sculptors are right handed, it's only natural there are more figures facing to the left than to the right.

It's has nothing to do with aesthetics. Just pick up a figure with your left hand and pick up something that resembles a carving tool with your right hand. Now try to carve details on the figure. Which side is easiest?
3 years ago
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2pt
Wildstar (3 years ago) #2447393When you're sculpting something detailed, you'll use your dominant hand, think about it. It's harder to sculpt an upper body facing away from your dominant hand. Since most sculptors are right handed, it's only natural there are more figures facing to the left than to the right.
It's has nothing to do with aesthetics. Just pick up a figure with your left hand and pick up something that resembles a carving tool with your right hand. Now try to carve details on the figure. Which side is easiest?


Not a dig against your post but what about digitally-sculpted figures. I recall that a lot of scale figures are actually digitally-sculpted nowadays, so how exactly does that work in this case? Or would you say that the same principle applies based on how the digital sculptor approaches the sculpt?
3 years ago
1pt
I only have four scaled figures - three are facing left, one is facing right.
3 years ago
1pt
I have 100+ figures. Its balanced in terms of whigh way they are facing.
3 years ago
1pt
Honestly, I never payed attention to which direction the figure was facing, so I thank you OP for posting this. I will end up having more figure facing right, but it has nothing to do with my personal taste really... merely just a coincidence haha.
3 years ago
1pt
I have the same problem as you, it makes things a lot more difficult to display v.v Thankfully I have quite a few that face the front to balance it out a bit.
3 years ago
2pt
MangoMilk (3 years ago) #2446846Well I don't know if its actually true. But if I had to throw out a theory, it would probably have to do with the original concept artist. Most people are right-oriented, as in their dominant eye is their right eye, and they are most likely right-handed. So it would be more natural to draw a character looking at the artist's right, being the character's left.

It's absolutely true. If you ask people to draw a face in profile left handed people are more like to draw it right facing and right handed people vice versa. The population split is something like 80% right handed 20% left handed (and a tiny amount naturally ambidextrous).
3 years ago
1pt
Maybe its something to do with aesthetics? Idk but I do know that in real life, my left side is my best side, hahaha!
3 years ago
1pt
If the figure is looking at one direction instead of the other I suppose its for dynamics and posing purposes. I really haven't thought of this lol I should be more conscious and observant.
3 years ago
3pt
Hmmm... I guess I just have a pretty balanced collection.

12 are facing left
15 are facing right
12 are facing front

And even with my preorders and wishlist, there are still more facing right than left by a few, but overall pretty balanced.

9 left
9 right
5 front
3 years ago
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