Touch Up London: Draw Dragons, Win Prizes

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By M@ Last edited 133 months ago
Touch Up London: Draw Dragons, Win Prizes
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Now, you know us. We wouldn't normally play along with some company's marketing schemes and compromise our editorial independence. Not us. No never. Well, hardly ever.

Occasionally, a company dangles something in front of us so tasty that we can't help but bite. If we said it involves dragons, Hampstead Heath and photoshopping skills, then I think you can forgive us for our little dalliance.

Penguin have just launched a new community site for teens, called Spinebreakers. We're not sure why they'd want to incite serious vertebral damage in the youth of our nation - maybe so they're bed-ridden for the rest of their lives and have to buy lots of Penguin books - but there you go. As part of the launch, they're offering signed copies of Melvin Burgess' fantasy novel Bloodsong. It's about a man who must leave everything he knows to go and fight a dragon, and from there descend into the Underworld. Sounds really naff? Well, yeah, but when you hear that the dragon lives on a futuristic, industrially ruined moonscape that was once Hampstead Heath, its credibility improves somewhat.

To win a copy - and, which is more, the unbounded fame and glory that goes with appearing in our Touch Up London series - boot up Photoshop (other products are available) and put together your vision for a post-apocalyptic dragon-ravaged Hampstead Heath. Or any other part of town really. As long as it involves vicious beasties, London and destruction in some way, we'll be happy. Penguin (not a vicious beast) have quite a few signed copies to give away, so it's worth a go, even if your image manipulation skills are on a par with an amputee goose (definitely a vicious beast).

We'll feature the best entries next week, so get playing with the pixels. Closing date is midnight on Sunday.

Last Updated 10 October 2007