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.
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.
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.
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’
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.
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.
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.
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
Best of luck, do well.