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The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

by Jean Van't Hul
May 15, 2022
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The Combination Man (also known as exquisite corpse drawing game) is a fun drawing activity to do with family or friends.

Updated June 2022

You may have grown up playing what many people call the Combination Man (or Exquisite Corpse) drawing game. In the game, a group of people take turns drawing sections of a human body, passing the covered drawing to the next person, and adding to the next drawing.

This game is great fun for kids and adults alike and is a good game to play together with immediate or extended family and even friends. Any child who is drawing people (ages 3 or 4 on up) can play this game, although the younger ones may need some coaching on where to start and stop.

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The Combination Man Drawing Game



  1. Start with a paper and pen

    Each player starts with a piece of paper and a drawing tool and sits so that his or her drawing is somewhat hidden from the person in the next seat. The element of surprise at the end is half the fun!

  2. Start your drawing

    Each person draws a head and neck. This can be human, animal, alien, robot, whatever.

    Playing The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

    Fold the top of the paper down to conceal your drawing, letting only the bottom of the neck show. Hand the drawing to the person to your left.

  3. Continue the next drawing

    Everyone draws the torso and arms, using the neck lines as the beginning point.

    Again, fold the paper down to conceal your drawing, letting just the bottom of the waist line show. Hand the drawing to the person at your left.

  4. Keep going

    Draw from the waist to the knees. Fold the paper down, and pass to the left.

    Draw from the knees to the feet. Fold the paper and pass again. Sometimes we just draw from the waist all the way down to the feet, especially with younger kids

  5. Reveal your combination man!

    Finally, each person unfolds the piece of paper they are holding to reveal the funny Combination Man (woman, animal, etc) that has been created.

    Playing The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Game

    Take turns sharing the finished drawings.

We always get such a kick out of seeing the finished drawings!

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Have you played the Combination Man (or Exquisite Corpse) drawing game, either yourself or with your kids?

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