Interview With An Artist: Dinocanid

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?

Dinocanid/Dino, or Alex.  

What’s the URL for your Artconomy profile?

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

I draw animal based digital art, including furries when I have time to practice.

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

I’ve been posting art online for about 6 years, but I’ve only been doing commissions for almost 2.

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?

My favorite part of the process is showing the customer my work and making adjustments to make sure they’re happy with it. My least favorite part would be sketching, since I struggle a bit with composition and it can be difficult to get things to look just right.

Before Artconomy, how did you handle commissions?

I would take commissions through DA and FA, and occasionally different forums.

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

I think the hardest part for me would be workload management since I have struggled a lot in the past when I end up accepting too much work for my own good. Artconomy has helped with that due to its workload management system though!

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

Make sure to keep practicing, nobody becomes an expert overnight! Work on developing your own style that you are comfortable with, and don’t feel pressured to copy the style of popular artists.

My art style is something I’ve struggled with for a long time, since I used to believe that unless it looked like [insert popular artist here] nobody would bother looking at it. Now I’ve learned that it’s not about that, but tuning and refining your own style so it improves even more.

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

Don’t give up! I might not be a popular artist, nor am I where I want to be, but I’m going to keep striving for it!

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