Picture consequences

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Picture Consequences
Playing time about 20 minutes[1]

Picture consequences is a circle game in which a group of people cooperatively draw a person.[2] It takes about 20 minutes to play.[1] It was played by the Surrealists, where it was known as exquisite corpse, although that name also described other games.[3] The person is drawn in portions, with the paper folded after each portion so that later participants cannot see earlier portions.[4] It has been recommended for use as a tool for teaching about tattoos.[4] Picture consequences can be used to practice vocabulary and to encourage a class to work together.[2] The game is also recommended as a "rainy day" game.[1] The point of the game is the surprise reveal at the end[3] or for simple fun.[5]

The person can be drawn in four steps: The head, the torso, the legs and the feet.[1] As a last step, a player may label the drawing, still unseen, with someone's name.[5]

The name "picture consequences" is also sometimes used to describe a game in which players alternate writing descriptions and matching illustrations based on the previous step.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Rainy days survival guide". The Independent. The Independent. 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b Budden, Joanna (2004-04-11). "Circle games". Teaching English. British Council/BBC. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b Lubbock, Tom (2007-04-13). "Cozens, Alexander: A Blot: Tigers (c.1770-80)". The Independent. The Independent. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b Budden, Jo. "Essential UK - Tattoos". British Council. Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  5. ^ a b Bounford, Trevor (2003). Family and Party Games. HarperCollins. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-06-053456-1. 
  6. ^ Newby, Peter (1995). The Giant Book of Word Games: The Bumper Book of Ingenious and Enjoyable Games for all Occasions. The Book Company. pp. 42–43. ISBN 1-86309-172-6.