Here's a simple but important rule in story telling. Never stack panels on the left. Doing that will leave the reader confused on which way to go while reading. Anything that creates confusion is a no-no in storytelling. Always make reading your comic easy to follow and a smoothly flowing narrative. www.ORANGEPEEL3.com
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Its interesting how the eye moves across a page Brian. I'm still learning myself.
Yesterday I had an interesting 'delima' in which I had stacked my panels on the right, much like the page on the bottom, and still my eye went across, then straight down instead of zigzagging. Got my wife to look my the page, a wise decision.
My problem was that the large left panel had a lot of white space on the top, while the smaller right panel had an expressive face; these combined to pull the viewer's eye straight down from panel two to panel four. I'm going to add detail to the left and fool with the lighting to try and redirect the viewer eye back to "the right way."
Sweet. I've always been a little too random in my panal arrangement but this makes sense. Thanks Dan!
Thanks! It's always very satisfying to give to others what was given to me.