Interview With An Artist: Silnat

This is a part of an ongoing series of interviews done by Artconomy staff with various artists in the community. We’re hoping that through these interviews we can help the artist and commissioning communities at large.

What name do you go by?



What’s the URL for your Artconomy profile?

What sort of art do you do? Any type/subject you enjoy the most?

Anthropomorphic cartoons and semi-realistic.


How long have you been doing art? And how long have you been taking commissions

I have been drawing online since 2004, and taking commissions since 2008.


Do you have a particular piece you’re proud of and would like to share?


What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the process?

The process of creating an illustration for a customer is challenging. I enjoy it, but when it’s time to show the sketch there’s always something inside me praying: ‘omg, please – I hope he/she likes it’.


Before Artconomy, how did you handle commissions?

Mostly in FA and some in DA. In DA was more fanart (vs. anthro), but I like doing those too – mostly MLP illustrations.


What would you say is the hardest/most time consuming part of the process for you?

I have to say flat colors is the most terrible part. It’s incredibly boring and time consuming, but it has to be done.


Is there a piece of advice you wish you’d gotten when you were starting out? And/or any tips for other commission artists?

Never give up, practice, be patient, and keep trying. We all start on the ground level, but we need to push forward; keep going and never stop practicing.


Anything else you’d like to share with us/other artists/commissioners?

It’s been a long journey, but I have a lot of experience with other artists and clients – most of whom with I’ve built strong bonds of trust. Thank you all so much for trusting in me all this way.


Artist’s responses have been edited by Artconomy staff for grammar and spelling only.