View Full Version : TAD Faculty Introduction: Chris Payne
January 21st, 2010, 12:12 PM
Hey, Gang. My name is Chris Payne, and sometimes I go by C. F. Payne. I have been part of The Illustration Academy since day one. John English and his dad Mark started it 15 years ago, and I was happy to be part of it, along with Gary, Anita, and Brent. We have added other great people along the way, including Sterling Hundley, George Pratt, and Jon Foster, to name a few.
I realize and embrace the part computers play in society and education today. I think the new endeavors of The Art Department, (with The Illustration Academy and ConceptArt), are important and exciting. I actually feel like I am part of the leading edge of a new way of seeing the world and education.
I have a gallery here on ConceptArt.org, and here is my new website:
Here are a few images to start you off. I look forward to seeing you in the Forums and IN CLASS in The Art Department!
Oh, and you better practice your movie trivia! I do love those classic movies. You can learn a lot about image making and story-telling from the good ones!
See ya in class!
January 21st, 2010, 12:45 PM
I have been watching Chris draw during The Illustration Academy for 15 years. The way his eyes and brain work together always takes my breath away. His interpretations of the world around him are so poignant and succinct, AND they often make me laugh. That's a great combination that is tough to pull off, especially over a long, successful career.
As a teacher, he WILL get you to the next level. The inside of his head is so full of cool information and "stuff", once you meet him, you start understanding his work a lot more. He assumes everyone is as dead serious about their career as he is about his own. He is a lot of fun, but there is a time for work and a time for play with this guy.
Get ready for a ride when he is around. As we say at The Illustration Academy, "Chris is comin'..... wear your helmet."
January 21st, 2010, 12:59 PM
I agree with Brent. I had the pleasure of hearing Chris and seeing his work, (some of the above) in the recent Point of View On Demand class and it was well worth the time and money spent. Awesome work!
January 22nd, 2010, 02:21 AM
C.F. Payne has set himself apart as an illustrator. He has done this by figuring out what identifies him as a visual communicator. Meaning how he interprets what he has learned, read or just how he looks at life, Mr. Payne is an original!
He is a monster drawer and craftsmen, but it is his point of view that separates him from the crowd. I have spent a lot of time with Chris, he has been with the Academy since the beginning (15 years) and his interests are all over the place. He is well versed in art history, read many of the classics and is a huge fan of Mad Magazine. He loves classic films and Warner Brothers cartoons, Chris has the same appreciation for Rembrandt as he does Mort Drucker and that's what makes him Chris Payne.
I have spent more time than I care to admit trying to figure out what is running around inside his head. I have come to the conclusion it is more fun to let him surprise me!
He is great!
January 22nd, 2010, 09:40 PM
ive been drooling over this guys work since i was a pimply faced kid who had no clue about art, but knew there was something very unique about how that CF Payne guy's pictures. As a working illustrator now in my mid 30's, they still fascinate me the same way. its an unbelievable honor to be participating in this program with folks of this calibur.
January 25th, 2010, 04:49 PM
I remember when I met Chis this past summer and he told me he loves Chuck Jones. As an animation fanatic, I reacted with a big YAY and then he continued to critique my work. I learned so much about facial expressions and caricature from him, which is something I am always interested in. Chris is the man! He gave great advice - he told us to work hard and never give up because by the time we're Mark English's age we could be making the best work of our lives. I will never forget that and I remind myself of that when I feel lazy. Thanks, Chris!
January 25th, 2010, 09:34 PM
Chris Payne's work kills me. When he shows his slides during the Academy, I'm usually having to hold my breath so's not to disturb everyone because I'm laughing so hard. Chris's humor is so obviously on display in his work, and it IS Chris, 100%. His enthusiasm for teaching is a breath of fresh air. He loves to share his knowledge of illustration and movies and baseball and... well you get the idea. Like Brent said, he will get you to the next level, and you'll have a great time getting there.
January 26th, 2010, 07:43 AM
I think everyone would agree that Mr. Payne's work can not only get tons of laughs, yet leave you with your mouth agape. Each piece is stunning, and with so much charm!
He taught me to really go for it....and that tracing paper is GOLD.
January 28th, 2010, 12:32 PM
You control the order in which the viewer notices things in your illustrations so well.
January 31st, 2010, 10:21 PM
Chris Payne is one incredible guy.
His skills are jaw-breaking, from the first pencils sketches on tracing paper to the painting process with mixed media to the careful final touches in acrylics and colored pencils.
Seeing one of his originals takes the air out of your lungs. It's so rich in every aspect, so incredibly beautiful, that makes you go "Ahhhhh". Every single one of them.
Aside from his supernatural artistic talents, Chris is a one man show that can entertain a crowd forever, telling his amazing stories, cracking jokes and sharing his wisdom with the most impressive memory you will ever see.
Movies, sports, politics, history, you name it.
If it happened, he knows it, in detail. All the names, dates, places and facts by heart.
And as an instructor, he cares about your work, your learning process, your development, and he makes sure you grow as an artist.
I had the luck to have him as an instructor, and the deep honor to have him calling me a friend.
Chris, you are the man!
Cheers from Brazil.
March 9th, 2010, 09:57 PM
Your caricatures are truly hilarious. I am really impressed with your artwork, it makes me smile. :)
August 19th, 2011, 02:05 PM
Chris, you seem fascinated by the lower face. In many of your illustrations the character's lower face is much larger, proportionally, than it would be in reality.
I like that effect a lot.
What do you find about the lower face so interesting and expressive?
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