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Aside from paper, you'll also need a friend or more to play this fun game. You can gather together as many people as there are parts to the creature, but if you don't have a lot of people, you can just pass the paper around in a circle.

On a piece of white drawing or computer paper (lined school paper will do fine in a pinch), draw the forehead (and hair, if that applies) of a person or creature. Then, fold the paper and pass the sheet along to your friend. The goal is to keep what you drew hidden, so that your friend hasn't the slightest idea what you've drawn. Make sure just a tad of your drawing shows below each fold, so s/he knows where to continue drawing from.

When you hand the sheet of paper to your friend, let him or her know what the next part of the body is. This is important to do. Different friends may do different things, but here's the normal order I use:

  • Hair (and outline of head)
  • Forehead (and outline of head and continuation of hair if desired)
  • Eyebrows
  • Eyes (and outline of head and continuation of hair--and glasses if desired) and ears
  • Nose (and outline of head and continuation of hair if desired)
  • Mouth--and a moustache, if you'd like (and outline of head and continuation of hair if desired)
  • Chin--and a beard, if you'd like (and continuation of hair if desired)
  • Very little space is left for the following. The face is the most fun, and it will look like a caricature.

  • Neck, upper torso, arms, and hands
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • This sounds complicated on paper, but these drawings are a LOT of fun, and easy to do. Whatever you are drawing may require you to mix up the order a little bit. The main thing is to just do a bit and let your friend know what's next. You'll never get the same thing twice!

    With this artwork, it's good to set some little rules before you begin. These "rules" can be changed each time you play, to create new and exciting changes in your figure. Here are some ideas:

  • Draw with the same color pen (or pencil) to make the character look more uniform.
  • Draw with different colored writing utensils, so you can tell who drew what.
  • Decide if each individual person must be consistent what what s/he is drawing or not. With the example shown here, the artists weren't consistent in what they were drawing. If they had been, one person would have been drawing a woman, and the other an alien. Instead, they just kept switching what they were drawing.
  • Decide if the entire group will be drawing the same thing, as a theme. For example, everyone could know that a young boy is being drawn.
  • Says:

    I hope you love this craft! I have been doing this since I was young, and it's so much fun. Going off this idea, I later did story-rounds with friends, too. You just write, then leave a partial sentence for your friend to go off from. A really fun thing is to create a story in this manner about the character you end up with.

    Have fun!

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