How to score high marks in
2D Composition NATA 2020

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This is a micro blog as we promised in the last Blog of #NATAsimplified series: How to prepare for drawing section of NATA 2020. In this microblog, we will be talking about 2D Composition, a 35 marks question likely to be asked in NATA 2020.

What is 2D Composition?

In simple terms, 2D Composition is a question type where you are given a bunch of 2D geometrical elements like a circle, triangle, square, rectangle, Hexagon etc or organic shapes like profiles of leaves, flowers, butterflies, fish etc. You are also asked to colour the composition using either any 3-4 colour of your choice or a specific colour scheme. Questions can vary from basic composition; depicting emotions and physics phenomenon, Logos, Murals, Posters, book cover Design to bed-sheets design. Most questions ask you to create an abstract, visually pleasing composition with a certain colour scheme.

How will the Composition be judged in NATA 2020? How can I get maximum marks?

So, there are a lot of things for which your composition is judged. It can be judged overall, keeping in mind the below-given factors or marking can be divided into various parts. Let’s have a look at some factors we consider while we judge a 2D Composition.

1. Use of elements

Any 2D Composition comes with a set of elements. Rule of thumb is: Use all the elements specified in the question. Do not add extra elements. Similarly, do not remove any element. You should also be careful to use the elements in its pure geometric form as much as possible. E.g., A circle should not look like a rounded square or a square should not look like a rhombus. The integrity of the elements is to be maintained. Have a look at Elements of Design

2. Composition

Once you have figured out which elements you have to use in your composition, the next important phase is your composition. Make sure your composition is not too crowded or empty. It should be balanced and pleasing. Another important tip that we can give is to never draw the composition directly onto the final space. Try at least 4-5 thumbnail compositions before finalising. Once you finalise the composition, use sketch pen/pen to outline. Make sure it looks good before colouring. Have a look at ‘Principals of Design

3. Colouring

This is the most important aspect of your composition. Colouring can make an average composition to look aesthetically pleasing if done the right way, but if not applied properly, the most beautiful composition can lose its value. Always choose your colours thoughtfully, most probably you should have used that colour scheme beforehand somewhere. For a general rule, always go with a colour scheme rather than any random set of colours.

4. Execution and Presentation

Even if you have a basic composition and an average colour scheme, the execution and presentation can help you in getting more marks. Keep your composition nice and clean, proper colouring within the lines and make sure your composition is presentable. Most importantly, it should look like you have put some efforts into your composition. A shabby looking, poorly executed composition is something you should avoid.

4. X factor

Now, the X-Factor cannot be defined in the way the above things are explained. But let me try, sometimes when you follow all the rules of the game, you have used a perfect colour the scheme, presentation is good, Even them the composition seems like it is missing something. On the other hand, another composition has broken some rules, the colour scheme is understandably shabby but the composition has something that makes it extremely attractive and creative. Looking at the composition after all the factors mentioned above are judged, basically looking at the bigger picture, the composition should have some spark, some creative which can overpower all the above factors.

Final word

Everyone has their own philosophy about how a 2D composition should look like. But the good news is everyone is right because there is no right answer for any drawing composition. Keep the above factors in mind and try to work on improving your composition skills by practicing as much as possible so that the final results look good. We’ll see you in the next micro blog about 3D Composition.

Till then, Keep Practicing our model questions in the blog: How to prepare for drawing section of NATA 2020

Check out some of these examples of 2D Drawing done by our students


Best of luck, do well.

Team ARH