January 20, 2009

Time for a New President

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.


  1. What an iconic image and a great day for illustration. Time has done a great thing here by hiring one of the best in the industry, this gives illustrators everywhere a glimmer of hope for the future. Way to go Chris, I salute you.

  2. What a terrific portrait. Man Chris, you nailed it!
    This is really beautiful. What an inspiration to all
    illustrators both young and old. Keep up the great