Renowned award winning international artist Mike Payne is best known as the creator of ranges and concepts of hugely successful characters and licensed merchandise known across the world.
After 26 years in the civil service, Mike Payne broke free and became a renowned international award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. Mike is now one of the UK’s leading and most respected experts in the world of commercial humour, greeting card design, books and gift concept development. Images and creations from the many characters he has created have an immediate and instinctive appeal. It is estimated that greetings cards featuring his creations have sold in excess of ten hundred million worldwide.
Mike was asked to create a bear with a great depth of feeling for the then newly formed company Carte Blanche in 1987, and working under his pen name of “Miranda”, Mike created a phenomenon.
Mike’s ‘Tatty Teddy’ character for the ‘Me to You’ concept (the charcoal bear with the blue nose), together with other unique creations, have won numerous awards in the USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and, of course, the UK. Mike has travelled the world doing many “signings” and after seventeen years of drawing the teddy bear, in 2004, decided the time was right to move on to pastures new.
Charlie’s Ark is yet another concept Mike has created and there are plans to put this onto global children’s television worldwide.
Mike is currently working on a range limited edition Giclée prints of his artwork and cartoons. An exhibition of his varied artwork was held the first week of August 2014 in Arundel, West Sussex and was a big success.
A lecturer at schools and colleges, with many TV appearances to his name and a passion for professional acting, Mike is a sought after and original public speaker. His time as Sky News cartoonist was the perfect environment to entertain and promote the art of cartooning, for which he is globally renowned.