I really enjoyed doing the Vic Bearcroft tutorial of the black cat.  The instructions were very well written but I did a bit of my own thing by using black paper.  Unfortunately the painting sufffered 2 traumas:  1.  The cat slid out of the paperclip and floated down a pair of cream jeans rather smudging some of the work I'd done.  After that I dropped the laptop on it and made a scratch across the paper.  Vics instructions didn't cover these eventualities and I'm re-washing the jeans in the hope that a second wash removes the black pastel.  I reworked the smudged areas and had to put some pastel on the background to cover the scratch.  Irrespectrive I'm quite happy with the way the cat turned out and have been playing on the pc with how it will look in a mount and frame.