​About Me

I am a professional full-time artist working from my purpose built studio in Yorkshire, UK.  I have been creating pet portraits and wildlife art for over 20 years, initially starting out in graphite in the late 1990s. After sampling coloured pencil in 2002 I fell in the love with the medium very quickly and it has been my medium of choice ever since. I specialise in a highly detailed and realistic style of drawing.


My work is split between both pet portraits and wildlife art, althought from 2021 I will be focussing much more on my wildlife collection. My pet portraits are created on a commission basis for clients all over the world, I have a large client base from all over the globe including Canada, United States, Japan and Fuji. My British Wildlife collection is inspired by the beautiful Yorkshire countryside which I am surrounded by every day. My wildlife originals and limited edition prints can be purchased from my online shop as well as during exhibitions. 


I have exhibited nationally and won recognised awards for my work (2006). In 2018 I was the featured artist of the February edition of 'Colored Pencil Magazine'.

In 2020 my drawing 'Tim of Amboseli' was shortlisted for the DSWF Widlife Artist of the Year exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.

2022 marks 20 years of being a coloured pencil animal artist, and plans are the pipeline to celebrate with either a solo exhibition or a special one-off UK and USA workshop tour.

​What I Offer


I am extremely passionate about my work, I have been drawing ever since I remember. I pride myself on my customer service and attention to detail. Each portrait I produce is a one-of-a-kind portrait that my clients can treasure for many years to come. My portraits are all traditionally hand-drawn using the very best materials.


I like to work very closely with my clients and I am not happy until you are 100% satisfied with your unique portrait. I use photographs to draw from, and I ask my clients to provide a selection to generate a true likeness with the finished portrait.


I accept commissions for all over the world so feel free to view some examples of my work and get in touch if you would like to commission your very own pet portrait.


Art Materials

As a professional artist it is important to use the highest quality art materials available so that my portraits can last through generations.  


For my coloured pencil portraits I use a mixed selection of pencils for the best colour palette and use of light-fast materials; I mainly use Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901, Caran d'Ache Pablos, Caran d'Ache Museum Aquarelle, Derwent Drawing, Derwent Lightfast and Derwent Coloursoft. I also use some pencils from the Faber Castell Polychromos range. The pencils I use are museum-grade archival, with the highest degrees of lightfastness.


 I have experimented with many different papers over the last 20 years - however my favoured paper has always been Italian Fabriano Artistico 640gsm hot pressed 100% cotton which is acid-free and archival museum rated.

© 2020 Claire Milligan Artist

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