In "The Art of Drawing Favorite Pets", acclaimed artist Mia Tavonatti reveals the secrets to creating realistic pet portraits in pencil. She shares her own methods of developing drawings to their fullest potential as she walks you step by step through drawing techniques specific to rendering animal features, such as expressive eyes, fluffy fur, and moist noses. Best of all, as you learn how to bring your pet portraits to life, you'll discover a wealth of gorgeous animal drawings to inspire you - from a cuddly basket of kittens to an exotic python snake.
Mia Tavonatti is an artist with a variety of interests, including a strong passion for painting and drawing. She moved from Michigan to California to attend art school at California State University, Long Beach, where she earned her BFA and MFA in illustration. She has also studied painting abroad, and she loves to spend her summers painting in Greece. Mia has exhibited her work extensively, both in Europe and throughout the United States. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, and her work can be seen on more than 45 book covers and in several magazines. In addition to her illustrative work, she has created a number of murals and commissions for restaurants, private residences, and corporations. She teaches illustration and painting and the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach and currently resides in Costa Mesa, California.