When illustrator Cindy Salans Rosenheim was a little girl, she asked her artist mom how to draw a bird. Her response was curt, but life-changing. She gestured to the garden and said, “find one.” That little story says a lot about Cindy’s work. It has that rare combination of “real” and “loose” that comes from a lifetime of sketching from life. Cindy has a particularly winning way with animals. She tells me that although humans have more elastic faces than their feathered and furry counterparts, she loves the challenge of capturing animals’ emotions by getting their body positions and a few telling details just right. I think that’s why, whether she’s drawing people, animals, or pretty much anything else, editorial and commercial clients from The New York Times to Hasbro and Hermès love her work. It’s that tightrope act of balancing spot-on realism and spontaneity, with just a few perfectly placed strokes of the pen and brush (and about 10,000 hours of practice).