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Designing Sketches and Human Figures for UCEED 2023

Author : Reeshav Guha

Updated On : January 18, 2023


The Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED) is conducted by IIT Bombay for admission in 179 seats in the Bachelor of Design (B.Des) program across 4 Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs).

This exam has two parts. Part A and Part B. UCEED Part A is the aptitude section of the paper, and it consists of 240 Marks (out of 300 Marks). 
The time allotted for it is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Whereas Part B of UCEED 2023 consists of one sketching question of 60 marks to be answered in 30 minutes.

In this article, our experts of Creative Edge have curated a list of strategies and preparation tips that you would help nail Design Sketches and Human Figures (Part B) for UCEED 2023.
We have also included practice questions and tips that you should consider while Designing Sketches and Human Figures for UCEED 2023. 

Happy Reading! 

How to solve UCEED Part B questions

Here we have enlisted three key strategies to solve UCEED designing sketches and Human Figures.

1. For any situation-based question, always keep the main subject focused. This means that the viewer's focus shall first fall on the main issue, then on the other elements present. 

2. Be smart while you draw. Prioritize the elements asked to draw in your question. Do not waste your time drawing unnecessary background stuff like windows, doors, and other objects. Your first aim should be to outline what your question paper asks. Once you do justice to your primary subject, then you should move ahead and decorate your sketch.

3. Your first strategy should be to understand the question requirements, mentally imagine them, and plan a scene to be drawn. You will have a limited time, so decide quickly what needs to be included and excluded. Quickly outline the stage with the subject under focus by minding line quality, the proportion of objects, and perspective.
 This way, you quickly complete all the questions. once you are done, you should review your questions again and add more details wherever required. This way, you will be able to finish all the questions.
This strategy would help you to be on the safer side.

Check: UCEED Colleges 

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Practice Questions

 Question1. Given the image of a Radhabai with a fish basket, draw two scenes of her (without a fish basket), one sweeping the floor with a broom, the second emptying a bucket of water onto the floor.

Question2. Ravi is a cycle mechanic and is attending to a bicycle puncture in front of his shop in the street. Draw a scene showing him working on puncture.

Question3. Sketch the following with as many details as possible—no need to show the background.

  • A drone in a public place.
  • Mosquito liquid vaporizer machine
  • Windmill 

Check: UCEED Sketching Questions 2023

Question4. Given the sketch of Jack with his skateboards. Draw him in action - jumping in the air with one leg on top of the skateboard and another in the air. 

UCEED mock test

UCEED Mock test

Points to consider while designing sketches and Human Figures

  • Read the questions attentively and ensure you understand the nature of the question.
  • Understand the question's intent to ensure that your solution addresses the core aim of the question.
  • Time is crucial - you draw quickly and finish your answer in the allotted time - this comes with a lot of practice.
  • Bring all of your drawing materials or materials that you are familiar with.
  • Make sure that you are well-versed in all of your fundamental fine arts.
  • Use colours are it sketch pens, poster colours, or watercolours only if you are 100% confident that you can use them neatly under the given time constraint. 
  • A grown-up in the art line is not 18 years; it is 15 years because the proportion seems to change after that. They may increase in height or width, but the balance of the head to other body parts stops changing.
  • A child is five heads, but in India, the full-grown child is 7.5 heads, including the size of the head.
  • It isn't easy to consider 7.5 heads while making human figures. So we will take eight charges and divide the line that will give us landmarks. On the line, divide the eight heads into eight parts.
  • The upper half will be the head and other parts, and the other half will be 1.5 of the knee. 1.5 parts will be ankle, and half part will be a planter.
  • The 1st landmark will be the head, 1st Head will be the chin, 2nd head will be the epigastrium, 3rd head will be the naval, 4th head will be the growing or crotch, 5th and the half head will be the knee, 7th head will be ankle, and 7th and a half Head will be Planter.
  • After knowing this, divide the upper half into 3/4th parts, make a horizontal line on the details you have made, and make a square on those parts. After making a square, mark the arches at the end of the lines you have taken. We join the angles with the maximum possible curvature to make a circle.
  • There will be two halves to the horizontal line that you have taken of the circle, divided each into 2, which means we have divided the diameter into four parts. On the peripheral side, the sidelines further divide it into 2. So, you will get 1/8th on each side, then cut off. Whatever cut you have given then gives a curvature from the top.
  • If you are making a male face, then the line which has been cut brings that line to the square. Take the 1/8th part of the centerline of the square and join that line with the curvature.
  • Then after doing all this, slightly erase the construction lines.
  • Remember the line, which is the division of the circle that is the mark for the eyebrow. The centre of the middle of the circle line to the chin is the mark for the tip of the nose.
  • Below the eyebrow, make two lines, and there should be a gap between the lines. Those lines will be called the eyelid. From the peripheral side, take 1/3rd space, make an almond shape, and join it with the lines of the eyelid. After entering those lines, please make a small circle inside that makes an eye of the human body.
  • The nose will start from the eyebrow, not from the eye. The tip of the nose gives a nostril curvature and a flap of the nostril. Between the end of the nose and the chin, make a straight line which you can change a little for the lips, and it is your wish how thick you want your lips to be.
  • To make Ears, you should start from the eyebrows and end at the tip of the nose.
  • You make a half-moon on the top and sides of the head of the human body. Join all the half-moons you have made on the head. Take the side half-moon out and make the hair out of that.
  • Your neck is between the ear, the lower jaw, and the chin. The neck of the female is longer than the neck of the male.
  • Put the landmark from chin to epigastrium, and between, there will be your chest muscle and armpit. Then make a semi-circle that will be your chest muscle. After that hand will start from the armpit to the next head.
  • And also, remember that between the chin and epigastric, there is a shoulder line.
  • There is a neckline on the middle of the shoulder line and chin.
  • Between the shoulder line and epigastric, there is an armpit line.
  • If you have asked to make the whole body, then make all these things chest, shoulder, neck, hand, and armpit. Otherwise, create a human face, and that's all they want.
  • If you have time, you should only use watercolours; otherwise, I suggest you do it with pencil colours for sketching and colouring. But if you are good at using watercolour, you should use it because watercolour is faster than pencil colours.
  • If you want to use watercolours, you should be very précised with the colours.
  • You should know how to mix colours to make a new and different colour. For example, never use black paint to colour the hair; use brown and mix it with little blue to give a dark greyish colour that will look like black.
  • The grey colour is suited to show the shades of white. So use it to colour shirts.
  • To colour the trousers, you should wear dark and mix them. For example, I would use darker blue, darker grey, and darker brown to make a fantastic combination.
  • If you want to use coloured pencils, use the steelers, which are excellent. I suggest you use skin tone colours for skin, for example, peach or brown, for the face, neck, arms, etc.
  • You should also use pencil colours as shading pencils to give your drawing a better look.
  • You can also give an excellent background to your drawing by using different shades from the colours you use.
  • A good background will help make your picture look fantastic and increase your score.

So, for making the human body and sketching, you can follow the points as mentioned above. 

Check: UCEED Exam Pattern 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

The best way to manage time in the UCEED exam is attempting as many mock tests as possible. Also, it will help you to test your preparation levels.
As per previous year analysis, the UCEED drawing section was moderate level of difficulty. With the right preparation strategy, you can definitely clear drawing section with a high score. 
You can check the UCEED Drawing Test Practice Questions with Answers from the above post.
To succeed better in the exam, you should study at least 2 hours a day. You must make sure to study with focus and concentration while preparing for the UCEED drawing exam.
As per the UCEED syllabus, You should have the ability to draw products, people, or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading to score good marks in the exam.
Yes. Solving previous year papers of UCEED exam will help you know the difficulty level of the paper, type of questions asked in the exam. Also, it will help your time management skills and speed.
Yes, In UCEED Exam has a drawing question which is in Part B of the examination.
30 mins are allotted for UCEED part B- drawing section.
The question in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answer has to be written/drawn in the answer book provided by the invigilator.
UCEED Part-B contains only one question which is going to be manually evaluated by expert examiners.
Yes. For the purposes of calculating the final rank, UCEED part B marks have been included. Also, note that a higher rank will be assigned to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in Part-B.
You must revise for a month or two before writing the UCEED paper. 
Take mock tests every week and solve as many previous year papers. 


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