Artist Feature: BranFlakes

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  1. Where do you live/work?

    B: By day, I work at Black Cape Comics which I am forever grateful for and astonished to be a part of something so epicly awesome. By night, I work out of my studio in the basement of my home. My only place of solitude. It's just me and the spiders that have been hanging around long before we ever moved in. 

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  2. Were comics your main entry into art? How so? If not, what was?

    B: I’ve been creating since I could hold a pencil. In the early 90’s I really got into comics, Heavy Metal magazine, and D&D, thumbing through my brother's Monster Manual and being absolutely blown away by the art. This was around the same time Image Comics started kicking ass in the industry. The Toddfather, Sam Kieth, and Simon Bisley had me smitten. I just knew that this was something I had to do. My parents got me a drawing desk out of the old Sears catalog and blocks of paper and away I went. It never really added to much though, unfortunately. Mostly just a hobby and people saying “hey man, you should draw me a tattoo”! NOPE!! So I fell out of it for several years along with collecting comics. It wasn't until around 2018, after getting 2 years of sobriety under my belt, that I decided to start collecting again.
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    That's when Fate brought me to Black Cape Comics. The owner (Ben) and I hit it off immediately and was cover-grabbing like a mad man. Eventually I mentioned that I used to draw a little back in the day and that’s when Ben asked me to do a sketch cover for him. So I whipped up a venomized wonder woman. Little did I know that Ben was using his evil mastermind Jedi mind tricks to ease me back into art. He even paid for classes so that I could better improve my skills. After a butt load of practice he set me up with a comic cover and a deadline of about 10 bullet-sweating days. This guy planted the seed and just watched it spawn into something, all while making me believe it was my own idea. That’s evil genius right there!  So that’s what basically started my career as an artist.   

  3. Can you speak about the full range of mediums that your work exists within? (Including any non-comic related work)

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    B: Simon Bisley put it best in a short interview I stumbled upon once. He said, “I just used whatever was around me! If it makes a mark, it makes a mark! If it's a color, it's a color! It's just a tool.” These simple, blunt words really hit me! I love the freedom to just grab whatever medium is in front of me. You never know how they will react with one another. Sometimes it's just an awful mess but more times then not, you get some really interesting results. I don’t really have to overthink it by mapping a plan for each piece. I just kind of let it flow and see where it leads me. Most would think that this leaves a lot of room for error, but not me. Some of my favorite parts of my works are the natural occurrence of things, like the splatter of the ink off my toothbrush or the way watercolor sometimes flows unexpectedly. It's more intuitive and I find great freedom in that.  Instead of seeing things as mistakes, I just say to myself “Okeydokey, How do I make this work?” At an early age my Art teacher/mentor taught me to become a “well-rounded artist”. Learn anatomy and the principles of as many mediums as possible. This is still a prominent goal in my life. I am currently and will always practice techniques in every medium that peaks my interest at that moment until I feel comfortable with it. I take some and leave some from each lesson, though. As a mixed media artist I feel this is key to really jazz up my work and find my own groove. I almost forgot to mention, digital has really changed my life as well and I’m coming up with ways to incorporate it into my traditional work which is an absolute blast. 

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  4. How do comic artists support one another?

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    B: Tough question! It can go either way I guess. Everyday I see examples of artists trying to smother each other out, like it's a race or something. While on the other side of the spectrum, I see communities or groups of artists coming together and just feeding off each other's positive energies and creating some of the most beautiful works I've ever seen. Inspiring one another. The Kirby team is a prime example of such a union. Everything those guys come up with is brilliant. They do nothing but show support for one another and seem to flourish from it. So for me, I find support through the inspiration I get when I see artists that you can tell simply love their work. It really shows when someone is truly passionate towards their art.

  5. Do you look at any artists that aren’t related to comics? Which are you most interested in at the moment?

    B: DigitalDoes (Does), HelioBray, Myinputwo, Camilla d’Errico, Javier G. Pacheco, Byousart, DMark, Opake, Rosso Emerald Crimson, Pascal Blanche. Jake Rainis, I could go on and on...

  6. Can you speak about the use of typed text (newspaper clippings), handwritten text (graffiti), and portraiture that is frequently used together in your work?

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    B: I have been fascinated with the creative freedom I see in street art (graffiti) since high school. Anytime I see a train I'm just hoping that it's riddled with tags and what not. There were some train cars sitting on the tracks near my house a few months ago and I was elated. I had a field day with my camera. As a former graphic design student I have always appreciated the power words can hold in art. Whether it's roman numeral or some crazy wild style sh**. If done right, it can really spice up a composition. And as far as portraiture, I was always taught by multiple people throughout my life to draw by reference. It has always been difficult to draw straight from my head. I'm working on that, though. Now that I think I have a somewhat reasonable grasp on anatomy I can kind of back-step from the realism and not worry so much about proportions. I find it gives my work a better flow if I just kind of loosen up about it. If I'm basing my work solely on the references it just looks stiff and dull. So adding some abstract brush strokes, newspaper, or tags makes it much more exciting and eye-catching.

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  7. What types of characters or story-lines are you typically drawn to?

    B: I’m a sucker for the villains! They are far more interesting if you ask me. I’m more of an indie guy as well. I like the kind of stories that leaves you needing a cigarette from the mindf*** you just received.
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  8. Have you noticed any kind of effect that the Pandemic has had on your practice? 

    B: If anything, I have benefited from more time at home to focus on my art and play Doom.

    BranFlakes studio

  9. Do you have any projects currently in the works?

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    B: At the moment I'm pretty booked with commissions. I will say though that every chance I get, I'm working on a story series of my own. It's based upon countless ideas I've had throughout my life but have never really been able to make tangible. I think I have finally found a solution to my dilemma.  A way to tie them all together in one crazy-ass universe. It's going to be very dark, funny, and lewd, to put it mildly. Kind of like Tank Girl meets Preacher meets Pornhub. 

  10. Any soon-to-be-released series that you’re excited about? (whether or not you’ve worked on it)

    B: Three Worlds/Three Moons has definitely caught my attention! Del Mundo, Hickman, and Huddleston?...f**k'n-A, right!

  11. If given the enchanted Monkey Paw and allowed three wishes with possibly hellish consequences, would you tempt fate and make a wish, or play it safe? What would your wish be?

    B: More enchanted monkey paws!!

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