Artist Spotlight: Brandon Sines
Welcome Brandon Sines to the Pixite artist family along with his street art persona “Frank Ape.” His Frank Ape book is a force of positivity and we thank Brandon for bringing Frank to the Pigment community.
Hi, I’m Brandon. I draw and paint all sorts of things but I’d say I’m most known for my original character, Frank Ape. I created Frank in 2011 while living in Brooklyn, New York and since then, his voice has developed into the positive, fun-loving ape you see today. I live in Queens with my girlfriend and our cat Spaghetti. I hope you have as much fun coloring Frank’s universe and I had creating it!
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I remember being 4 years old drawing Ninja Turtles with crayons, then getting older and studying comic books as I drew the pages, absorbing the different techniques. I took a break from visual art for a few years in my late teens and when I rediscovered it again, I began creating my own universe with my own ideas and visual language. I guess that was the point when I realized I needed to follow that path.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
In the second grade, I drew a racing car for a tee shirt design contest my school was having. I actually won the contest and the design was printed on black tee shirts for the entire school to wear during a mini-marathon. I love how “bad” the racing car is. I’ve spent my art career trying to channel that 8-year-old spirit.
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
See with your heart.
Are there other coloring book artists or illustrators that inspire you?
Bill Watterson (the genius behind Calvin and Hobbes), Todd McFarlane (because of his take on Spiderman), Greg Capullo and Sam Keith…those are the first that come to mind.