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Force: Animal Drawing by Michael D. Mattesi

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Preface

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The photo above was taken at The Starlight Cafe in Greenville, North Carolina, in December of 2009. I described to my wife, Ellen, the secret sauce for this FORCE animal drawing book I committed to write. This was the first time I had put my ideas on paper. The sketches revealed to me that I had something new to share with the art community, and I was very excited to get started.

Here I am now ten months later, in my basement office—or what Ellen likes to refer to as my man cave—a little wiser to and more appreciative of the complexities of drawing animals. I have spent a great deal of time at the Oakland and San Francisco Zoos, visited ...

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