Why do we believe that our face has a best side? I explore this question and continue study of the Charles Bargue drawing method.
The more expressive left side of the face is controlled by the emotive right-side brain. American and European art museums found approximately 56 percent of men and 68 percent of women in portraits face the left side of the canvas. Therefore, more of the left side of the face is shown.
Is this because sitters prefer to display their more emotive left side? Perhaps the artists themselves find that side more interesting. The bias seems universal. It shows up even in high school yearbook photos. A leftward pose allows the artist to center the sitter’s left eye on the canvas.
Which is your favourite side for photographs? Check your Social media profile photos and please let me know in the comments below.
Share your drawings in the encouraging environment of my private drawing group on my FB page. The link is in the description below.
In the video, I create line drawings from classic sculptures in profile, which is plate I.3 from the Charles Bargue Drawing course.
I’ve created a copy closer to the size of my sketchbook page. You can also download an A4 size ready for printing by joining my private Charles Bargue drawing group on FB.
True Stories of Trauma and Madness—and Why Portrait Sitters Tend to Face Left [Excerpt] Differences between our left and right brains explain many phenomena, including patterns in museum paintings.
By Sam Kean on May 16, 2014