Here’s a fun game I learned in a sketching workshop. It’s about drawing, storytelling, and just having fun with sketching.

This is how you play:

  1. Find a group of 6-8 people. Give each person a piece of sketching paper, and a pen.
  2. Choose a start player. The start player calls out a word, for example “sheep”. Everyone draws that onto their paper.
  3. Everyone passes their sketch to the right.
  4. Someone else (not the start player) calls out a new word, for example “dog”. Everyone adds that drawing to the drawing they were given. The aim is for the two sketches to interact in some way.
  5. Everyone passes their sketch to the right.
  6. Another person (who hasn’t yet called out a word) calls out a word. Again, everyone draws it, adding to the story.
  7. Everyone passes their sketch to the right.

This continues until everyone in the group has called out a word for the sketch story.

You’ll finish with an interesting sketch in your hand. Now, everyone uses their sketch to tell a story to the group. This could be a long story or a short story, as long as it tells the story of what’s happening in the sketch.

It’s an easy, fun way to get sketching practice, and would be a good warm-up exercise for a sketching group.

Here’s one of the sketches we drew when I played:

"Some people say parties are better in the city. We say otherwise."

“Some people say parties are better in the city. We say otherwise.”

Our words were:

  • Sheep
  • Dog
  • Hat
  • Umbrella
  • Skateboard
  • Beer
  • Farmer
  • Fire Engine

I was lucky enough to play this with some really talented sketchers, including Tine Klein (who drew the dog), Lynne Chapman (farmer) and Daniel Nies (fire engine).

I drew the sheep. She wasn’t dancing when I drew her (she was my first drawing of the game), but she ended up that way.

Do you know any sketching games? Please tell me more about it in the comments.