“I’d like a black kitten, no patches.”

“OK, where?”

“At the window.”

“Which window?”

“There!” she said, pointing at the wall, showing us how eleven-year-old minds have few limitations. “And it’s got one paw up, holding a blanket.” OK, boss!

Our visual brief.

Tom made some early sketches and got feedback during his visits. Our neighbour’s cat helped out with some excellent posing in the meantime, as luck would have it.

Slowly, the piece took shape, with plenty of helpful feedback along the way.

Finally, the kitten was complete – with a real gold tag on her collar. Can you spot it?