How to Draw a Hidden Picture


Hidden pictures offer entertainment value, enabling the viewer to create optical illusions or solve a puzzle. Children's magazines often offer hidden picture puzzles that contain a variety of hidden objects that lay inside other ordinary items or scenes. These objects can include such objects as farm tools, push-pins, scissors, crayons and sporting items. Drawing your own hidden picture involves determining what type of scenario in which to embed the items, how many and what kind of items you want to hide.

Things You'll Need

  • Notebook paper
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pen (optional)
  • Lay out a fresh sheet of notebook paper and determine the types of items you want to hide inside your hidden picture. List as many of them as are applicable. These items can relate to a theme, such as holidays or birthdays, or be completely random.

  • Pick a scene in which to embed the objects in. For example, a scene of people walking down the street in front of a store could offer several places to hide objects. A scene of a young person sitting in a small rowboat fishing, with a variety of fish and sea vegetation below, also offers several hiding places.

  • Place a new sheet of drawing paper in an area with sufficient light. Mark the outer borders of your picture on all four sides of the paper. Draw in the major shapes that make up the scene you chose.

  • Fill in any details the picture requires. Pick the first object on your item list and look for items or patterns in your picture that look similar in shape. For example, if you're hiding a baseball bat, look for wood that is long and slender, such as the patterns of the wood on a boat, or the long pole that holds its sail. When you draw the bat in, place the curve of the end of the bat in the same place where a possible line in the wood will help it blend in.

  • Erase the spot where the object will go, and draw the object in its place. Make the picture look like the original drawing, with the new object drawn inside the original object, using the same type of line inside as you used on the outside Do this for each remaining object.

  • Review the picture for any other spaces you can hide objects within the original scene.

    Make a black-and-white copy when you finish. You can now use this hidden puzzle for personal entertainment or to submit to publications that accept hidden drawing pictures.

Tips & Warnings

  • To avoid confusion, do not attempt to hide items that already exist in your chosen scene. For example, if you have a picture of sea life under the water, including a rainbow fish, do not add a "rainbow fish" as an additional item to hide within the scene. Instead, do something completely unrelated, such as a screwdriver.
  • Drawing with pen can cause trouble when trying to correct your mistakes, erase the ink or insert additional hidden items. Do not add items that are inappropriate for young children, such as items with adult or suggestive themes.

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