Payne, Theo. I am the Herd. 2016. Animated GIF. Brighton.
Payne, Theo. I Am the Herd. 2016. Animated GIF. Brighton.

Theo Payne is an illustrator from the depths of Wales. He’s a fan of bright colours and nice shapes.

What’s your connection to Brighton and what do you dig about the city?
I was actually born in Brighton and, after years of living away, I’ve come crawling back to study. There’s definitely a ‘look’ to the city, but there’s also a nice atmosphere that feels like you can express yourself however you want and everybody’ll just go with it.
It feels like everyone’s trying to make stuff all the time -whoever you meet- and that’s really nice.

 

Can you briefly elaborate on your creative process, mediums used etc?
I do a lot of digital collage. I start with really childlike drawings and mash them together later on, adding layers of pencil or paint or whatever. I’ve been simplifying a lot of this lately though, going for some nice strong shapes and colours. I like to have a theme in my work and I find narrative really helps to bring out more interesting ideas; ideally, I’d have a story to go with every piece.

 

Payne, Theo. Renaissance. 2016. Digital Illustration. Brighton.
Payne, Theo. Renaissance. 2016. Digital Illustration. Brighton.

 

Any current/future projects you can share with us?
I’m working on a few different things at the moment, but I’m just starting to get my claws into small amounts of editorial illustration which is a lot of fun. I’m really interested in getting more into animation in the future, branching out from GIFs to longer pieces of work, characters and that.

 

Payne, Theo. Serpent. 2016. Digital Illustration. Brighton.
Payne, Theo. Serpent. 2016. Digital Illustration. Brighton.

 

Five things inspiring you/your work right now:
1. Tapestries
2. People
3. Italian Renaissance Polychrome Pottery
4. Fehérlófia
5. Robbie Basho

 

Payne, Theo. Play. 2015. Digital Collage. Minneapolis.
Payne, Theo. Play. 2015. Digital Collage. Minneapolis.

 

Current guilty pleasure/s:
Getting really into Smash Mouth lately.

 

Payne, Theo. The West Pier. 2015. Digital Collage. Minneapolis.
Payne, Theo. The West Pier. 2015. Digital Collage. Minneapolis.

 

Obv, the greatest illustrator of all time is…
I couldn’t say! Everyone knows art is subjective blah blah, but if I absolutely had to name my favourite illustrator it’d probably be Mervyn Peake. Although there could be some nostalgia bias happening there…


Theo Payne contact:
TheoAtom@googlemail.com

Theo Payne tumblr:
TeePeeIllustration.tumblr.com


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