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Get drawing with Cressida Cowell's top tips

22 Apr 2020

The author and illustrator is here to help you with the latest Primary Stars Friday Family Challenge

How are you getting on with the latest Primary Stars Friday Family Challenge?

Don't worry if you've not started yet, there's still plenty of time to join in.  

The challenge is to get creative and draw your favorite character from the book you read from a previous Friday Family Challenge or any book you've enjoyed.

If you're not sure where to begin, Cressida Cowell, the author and illustrator of the How To Train Your Dragon books, shares her top tips to get you started in the video above.

Cressida's drawing advice

1. Be creative! Let your imagination run wild - don't think, just draw from your heart. Don’t worry if something doesn't look perfect; use a pencil because that's easier to sketch with.

2. The best drawings have emotion. When you're drawing, think about how the character is feeling. If you want a character's face to express a particular emotion, then have a look in the mirror and watch what your face does when you feel that emotion. That's a trick that animators use.

3. Try drawing different things to help you find your style - people, animals, footballs!

Use your imagination and be as creative as possible, then share a photo of your illustration with us via @PLCommunities using #PLPrimaryStars, or drop us an email at

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Have a look at the great things other families have been up to as part of our Premier League Primary Stars community.

For more exciting home learning activities for the family to try, check out the Primary Stars website.

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