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Pick + Mix Character Challenge!

Join in with our Pick + Mix Character Challenge!

Take the three phrases below and use them to draw a character.

Will they be a person or an animal? Maybe a mix of both? Are they scary or silly? What do you think they might say? Do they have a name? See what you can come up with, get drawing and show us your characters! We’ll choose some of our favourites to share with everyone online.

The phrases to describe your character are:

They have big ears
They have crazy hair
They are breathing fire

Want to join in? Here’s how!

  1. Get creative drawing your crazy character
  2. Take a photo of your drawing
  3. Send it to or use #StoryFestLeics on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

Deadline: Midnight 30th September 2021

Example Drawing

Helen has drawn an example character. The three phrases she used were: they are very old, with fancy glasses and flying.


Now you have seen Helen’s fantastic fairy drawing, have a go at your own using the three phrases: they have big ears, crazy hair and they are breathing fire!

Helen Panayi

Helen Panayi is an illustrator living and working in Loughborough. She specialises in images for children and the young at heart. Helen loves to paint and draw, creating fun characters that have their own personalities, quirks, and little worlds to live in. Her work often uses bright colours and lots of texture. Most recently she worked with Sweet Cherry Publishing to illustrate a set of ten classic Russian stories, retold and illustrated for children.


Helen will be holding a character workshop at Loughborough Library on Saturday 21st August. Click here to find out more!