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About Me

I’m Amy, a pet portrait artist originally from Surrey, now living in picturesque West Yorkshire with my husband, daughter and two border terriers.

 

I taught myself to draw from a young age, and being horse and pony mad, I meticulously studied their anatomical form and drew them over and over again!
Becoming a professional pet portrait artist combines my passion for animals and art, along with a huge sense of satisfaction in seeing my customer’s reactions. I want people to view my work and and feel the same emotional impact they get when they see their loved ones in person. To evoke that same feeling of love tells me I have accomplished my goal as an artist.

 

After years of practise, I am able to share my passion professionally capturing the unique personalities of pets all over the world.

If you are thinking of having your pet commissioned, I would love to hear from you.

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Spring/Summer 2024

EVENING WORKSHOP. 7-9PM, COBBLES AND CLAY, MAIN STREET, HOWARTH, BD22 8DP

Join me for a relaxing couple of hours mastering the basics of pastel drawing.

All materials are provided for you. (accompanying adults who are not drawing – free admittance)

Friday 1st March£30 per person

Full Day  – Draw Your Own Pet Workshop – The Classroom, Main Street, Haworth.

This very special workshop will show you how to create a very special subject… your very own pet! All materials are carefully chosen beforehand tailored to your pet’s individual colouring. Every step of the drawing is broken down into manageable steps for every ability. Beginners and the more experienced are welcome.

A full afternoon tea is provided for you along with refreshments all day.

Watch your pet come to life on the paper in front of you with expert guidance- it’ll be a day to remember with a masterpiece of your best friend to take home afterwards!

Friday 22nd March 2024£125 per person
£50 non-refundable booking fee now, remaining balance invoiced closer to date

Morning Wildlife Pastel Workshop ~ Elsworth At The Mill, Skipton, 9.30am-12.30

During this relaxed and interesting morning workshop at Elsworth At The Mill in Skipton, I will introduce to you the beautiful medium of pastel. I’ll help with your drawing skills and build confidence with the pencils.

I gently walk you through each step of the drawing from the initial outline through to the final little details. I’ll talk to you about the process of pastel work, my favourite brands and how to get the best out of your materials.

This morning workshop is designed for beginners and improvers, but no experience is expected. I will provide all the materials you will need and as always, guided gently in my relaxed style.

To ensure I am able to spend as much time as possible with each attendee, this workshop is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Cake and refreshments are also provided for you during the morning.

Elsworth At The Mill, High Corn Mill, Unit 11-12, Chapel Hill, Skipton, BD23 1NL

Tuesday 16th April
£55 per person

Full Day Wildlife Pastel Drawing Workshop at ‘The Classroom,’ Main Street, Haworth, 9-4pm

Join me for a relaxing couple of hours mastering the basics of pastel drawing. All materials are provided for you. (accompanying adults who are not drawing – free admittance)

The Classroom, Main Street Haworth BD22 8DP 

Friday 19th April
£100 per person

Beginners Evening Pastel Workshop at Cobbles and Clay, Main Street, Haworth, 7-9pm

Join me for a relaxing couple of hours mastering the basics of pastel drawing. All materials are provided for you. (accompanying adults who are not drawing – free admittance)

Cobbles and Clay, Main Street Haworth BD22 8DP 

Friday 26th April
£30 per person

Beginners Evening Pastel Drawing Workshop at Elsworth At The Mill, Skipton, 7-9pm

Join me for a relaxing couple of hours mastering the basics of pastel drawing. All materials are provided for you. (accompanying adults who are not drawing – free admittance.)

Elsworth At The Mill, High Corn Mill, Unit 11-12, Chapel Hill, Skipton, BD23 1NL

Tuesday 30th April
£30 per person

Full Day Pet Portrait Workshop at ‘The Classroom’ Main Street, Haworth, 9-4pm

During this relaxed and interesting full day workshop at ‘The Classroom’ on the iconic Main Street in Haworth, I will introduce to you the beautiful medium of pastel. I’ll help with your drawing skills and build confidence with the pencils whilst we tackle a beautiful pet portrait subject together. (The subject is one we all draw together and is chosen beforehand for this workshop.)

I gently walk you through each step of the drawing from the initial outline through to the final little details. I’ll talk to you about the process of pastel work, my favourite brands and how to get the best out of your materials.

This full day workshop is designed for beginners and improvers, but no experience is expected. I will provide all the materials you will need and as always, guided gently in my relaxed style.

To ensure I am able to spend as much time as possible with each attendee, this workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 people.

A full afternoon lunch and refreshments are also provided for you during your day with me. (Please advise of any dietary requirements.)

The Classroom, Main Street Haworth BD22 8DP

Friday 24th May
£100 per person

Beginners Evening Pastel Drawing Workshop at Cobbles and Clay, Haworth, 7-9pm

Join me for a relaxing couple of hours mastering the basics of pastel drawing. All materials are provided for you. (accompanying adults who are not drawing – free admittance)

Cobbles and Clay, Main Street Haworth BD22 8DP 

Friday 31st May
£30 per person

Full Day Equine Portrait Workshop at ‘The Classroom’ Haworth,  9-4pm

If horses are your thing… this one is for you!

During this relaxed and interesting full day workshop at ‘The Classroom’ on the iconic Main Street in Haworth, I will introduce to you the beautiful medium of pastel. I’ll help with your drawing skills and build confidence with the pencils whilst we tackle a beautiful equine  portrait together.

I gently walk you through each step of the drawing from the initial outline through to the final little details. I’ll talk to you about the process of pastel work, my favourite brands and how to get the best out of your materials.

This full day workshop is designed for beginners and improvers, but no experience is expected. I will provide all the materials you will need and as always, guided gently in my relaxed style.

To ensure I am able to spend as much time as possible with each attendee, this workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 people.

A full afternoon lunch and refreshments are also provided for you during your day with me. (Please advise of any dietary requirements.)

The Classroom, Main Street Haworth BD22 8DP

Friday 21st June
£100 per person

Beginners Pastel Workshop Evening at Cobbles and Clay, Haworth, 7-9pm

Join me for a relaxing couple of hours mastering the basics of pastel drawing. All materials are provided for you. (accompanying adults who are not drawing – free admittance)

Cobbles and Clay, Main Street Haworth BD22 8DP

Friday 28th June
£30 per person

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Workshop Gift Certificates

Workshop gift certificates are now available to purchase for any amount. Either fully pre pay for the workshop or choose your own amount you’d like to gift.

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In order to book a commission, I take a 50% deposit, simply fill out the ‘contact me’ form below so we can discuss your portrait. 

Once paid, the deposit is non-refundable unless an unlikely event prevents me from doing your piece. The balance will be due on completion.

At the time of booking, I will give you an approximate timescale of when you can expect your portrait. Nearer the time I will give you an accurate start date. From the date of the booking to your expected start date it is worth trying to get some good portraits (see photography tips below).

Please note that in order to do a piece justice I can only work from good quality photos and reserve the right to turn down anything I do not deem suitable.

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Artwork Size
(inches)
Suitable for:Price
10" x 12"Single head and shoulder portrait for one subject£350
14" x 20"Single or double head and shoulder pet portrait
Single full body pet portrait
£450
20" x 28"Two full body portraits or three head and shoulder pet portraits£800

I regularly ship to the US and Europe, please visit the Google Exchange Rate page to see the latest prices in $ and €

Gift Vouchers now available, please contact me on the contact form below for more information.

Amy McKimm Gift Vouchers

Photo Tips

  • It is best to use a camera as opposed to a mobile phone camera. (Camera phones are ok if it is one of a high spec).
  • Take photos of your animal outside in a natural light.
  • Try to get on your pets level (eye level) and make sure that the picture is fully in focus and there isn’t a ‘flash’ in their eyes.
  • Make sure you send the photos in their original format (don’t crop or edit the photos) as this can decrease the size and resolution of the image.
  • Send the images as an attachment

Ultimately the decision is yours on what pose / look you want from your animal as you know that certain personality they have and what portrays them best!

Below are some good examples, click on the image for a full sized version.

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