In Cincinnati, Ohio yesterday, Jeanette and I had a cup of coffee with artist - illustrator C.F. (Chris) Payne.
He has done hundreds of magazine covers and children’s books. He also designed this "Singing Mural" for a building in Cincinnati.
Most of the mural was actually painted by a team of local young people, but Chris had to help with parts of it. “I climbed the scaffold to work on Mr. Rogers’ daggone teeth,” he said.
As we talked shop, we couldn’t resist sketching each other.
He told us his definition of illustration. “Illustration is Art done under the circumstances,” he said.
More on C.F. Payne
On Halloween, Monday, October 31, from 11-12:30, I'll be lecturing on color and light at the Canzani Center Auditorium at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) in Ohio. It's free and open to the public.