Inauguration Day 2009 will no doubt be one of the most prominent of our generations' collective memories. Barack Obama has inspired masses of people to an unprecedented level of involvement in the political arena. His visage has come to represent hope for many Americans (and non-Americans alike).
Obama is such an iconic figure already, has been photographed and drawn so many times that we KNOW his face. This point could be a risky one for a lot of illustrators, which is exactly why Time Magazine called C.F. Payne for this week's cover portrait. Payne's illustration captures the man as we have come to know him on the campaign trail—sober, clever, confident, and always looking ahead.