Cindy Dauer is our featured artist this week, she hails from Evanston, IL and is the amazing talent behind: The Slumbering Herd.
Cindy had an Etsy store with her handpainted T-Shirts but then took a break and now she is back larger than life with her bright and wonderfully wacky illustrations - Doing this now for close to 1 year.
Cindy started drawing silly horses and dogs as a wee lass, she did however quit art for many years - a decision she has dubbed as foolish. Lucky for us she recently decided that it was where her passion lay and so she picked up a new set of pens and here we are!
Cindy describes her art as Silly Fantasy illustration, because silly beasts make people happy, I really think she is right - Cindy’s art has certainly put a smile on my face!
This is what she hopes her art can do for others, to have a certain effect on them -"To remind people that they can put down their hand-held electronic devices for a few minutes now and again and appreciate small silly things, including my art :D"
Which I think is fantastic - there is nothing worse than walking around town spotting groups of friends out for lunch - clicking away at their handheld electronics in silence and not speaking to one another, I think Cindy had a very important point there.
Cindy gets her inspiration from her crazy mixed-up brain and possibly all of the crazy animals she’s known!
At the moment Cindy is busy creating lots more of her fantastic art and also participating in Illustration Friday. (A weekly event I have always been meaning to participate in and highly recommended by Cindy)
So where does Cindy hope to see herself in a years time? A book put together of a variety of beasts and their silly tales. Sounds like a really fantastic idea … you heard it here folks so keep an eye out ;)
So what about all of those aspiring artists hoping to get into creating and selling their art, any advice? "As with writing or any other creative pursuit, just keep doing it. Do at least one project per week, hopefully more. The reason other artists are better than us is not because they have some special talent we lack. It is because they put in the work of doing LOTS of art. Seriously, just do it. Be inspired by artists you admire."
Want to find out more about Cindy, she can be found:
And of course her Etsy Store: The Slumbering Herd