Here is a game that illustrator elves play against each other. I’ve heard it called a few different names, but the most accurate is Doodle Duel.
The goal is very simple. Challenge your opponent (who doesn’t have to be an elf) to create something recognizable out of a jumble of lines and marks. In other words, take a doodle and make a drawing.
Lines and curves with a dot. There are a lot of things this could be.
I made a little elephant.
How about something a bit harder.
More of a challenge now. But, in this game you can turn the paper any direction you wish to help you find something in the doodle. I turned it 90° and…
…I drew a curly haired villain.
You can be as elaborate or simple as you wish. And you can be nice or cruel to your opponent when handing out your doodles.
So grab some paper and a buddy or a brother and see what you can come up with. This isn’t about drawing well, this is about being creative.