The figures in this example artwork are just that – straight up and perpendicular to the page edges. Even though this is a very tense scene the results is a lack of real excitement in what should be a very dramatic image. The bricks, rain and hair all create simple vertical lines, and don’t do much to enhance the drama of the piece.
Imbalance can create a more exciting flow to your composition, and it can also add drama. Try tipping the angle of your images. Even the slightest tip to the horizon line can turn a mundane scene into something much more dramatic.
Experiment with the psychological impressions that different angles create – more angle might give more drama, or it might just look too weird.