Head, Body, Legs is a drawing game. You can play it with as few as two people or with a whole roomful. You can even play it through the mail – preserving social distance while making playful connections.
How does it work?
Fold a piece of paper into thirds.
Draw a head of any kind – human, animal or other – in the top “head” section of the paper.
Draw two tiny lines that extend from the bottom of your drawing into the middle “body” section of the paper. Fold the paper so that the head is hidden.
Pass (or mail) the paper to the person next to you,. They will see only the little lines and not your drawing.
The next person draws a body of any kind in the middle section, adding tiny lines that extend into the bottom “Legs” section of the paper.
They fold and pass (or mail) the drawing to the next person so that only the little lines are visible, not the head or the body.
The next person draws the legs.
Unfold the paper to reveal the creature that you have co-created.
In a group everyone draws at the same time and then passes in the same direction. You work on the head of one drawing, the body of the next and the legs of a third. The process sounds complicated but it is actually simple: Fold, Draw, Pass, Repeat.
Here are some Head, Body Legs that were drawn at a table. All the generations of my family often play this game.
The drawings themselves can be as simple or complicated as you like. The finished pieces look more coherent if all of the participants use the same media – pencil, ink, markers or paint.
Here are some recent HBL passed through the mail instead of around a table.
I started these at home and then sent them to Margaret Chodos-Irvine, who sent them to Deborah Mersky.
My niece Zoe and I did these three piece drawings through the mail:
Then we realized it made more sense as a two person collaboration to create two part drawings. Head Bo/Dy Legs.
I drew these:
And mailed them like this:
Zoe finished them:
Exquisite Corpse is another name for Head, Body, Legs.
Whatever you call it, I hope you will give it a try.
P.S. I am continuing to post free, printable coloring pages on line every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please click HERE for a link to those pages.
Here are some pages that people have colored in.
After you have spent some time playing Head, Body Legs, or coloring in the printed pages, perhaps you will be inspired to keep drawing, or to invent your own games.