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If you know anything about me, it's that I LOVE drawing. I draw the pictures in my books with Philip Reeve. But here's an interesting thing: Philip has worked as an illustrator, too! We both love to draw and write, and it's great when you can switch over and do both.



If your kids are between the ages of four and ten, they can do just that, and take part in a story competition with us! Submit their story of up to 500 words, add an awesome picture, and you could win prizes, including a trip for four to Dubai! Visit the Emirates Flight Time Stories website for details and a gallery of some of the entries.

Emirates asked Philip for his Top Tips for writing a story (which you can read in my previous post) and they asked me about DRAWING a story.

My TOP TIPS for drawing a story!

1. Character: Focus on making your main character look awesome, but think about keeping it fairly simple because if you make a whole book, you'll be drawing that character over and over again.



2. Setting: Think about where you're going to draw your character. In a forest? At the beach? In space? On top of a wall in China? (Yes, that's me pretending to be a Chinese scribe.)



3. Extra details: Your character might have a plaster on its head, a moustache, attract a swarm of flies, or be holding a magazine. Often it's these little details that will make a picture funny or interesting.

4. Colours: The colours you choose can set a mood for your picture: a blue background can suggest night-time, sadness, or cold. A yellow or orange background might look joyful, hot or full of energy.

5. It's okay!: Don't worry about making things perfect: We all need to make lots of bad drawings before we learn to make better ones. Try your hardest, but then be kind to your artwork! We all make mistakes and need hugs, so if your artwork isn't how you want it, give it a little hug or a pat and tell it everything's all right. (This is totally true, I really do this!)


See 5-year-old Tony Gibson's story in the Emirates Flight Time Stories online gallery!