Latin American Ilustracion: Oscar Correa

By David Schonauer   Wednesday February 17, 2016

Futbol is a recurring theme in Oscar Correa’s work.

The Colombian illustrator was named a winner of the Latin American Ilustracion 2 competition after creating a poster for a short film called Cristiano Ronaldo Most Vain, May 2012, which was inspired by a Twitter message about the soccer great. As we noted  in 2014, Correa’s winning artwork was based on the classic film posters designed by Saul Bass. “The reference for the illustration was the golden age of posters,” said Correa, who is based in Bogota.

Soccer was the focus of another series Correa was working on at the time. Titled “Cracks and Aces,” the series was a tribute to a number of the best soccer players of all time, including Diego Armando, Maradona, Pele, Carlos “El Pibe" Valderrama, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, and Zinedine Zidane.

Last year, Belgium-based company Lourenço Cunha commissioned Correa to create an illustration of the Colombia superstar soccer player James Rodriguez for the Kampion card game. Each of the cards in the game features a top soccer player illustrated by a different artist. Correa's work was named a winner of the Latin American Ilustracion 4  contest.

“The challenge was to portray one of the most important and iconic soccer players of the moment,” says Correa. Rodriguez, who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombian national team, was one of the standout stars in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where he won the Golden Boot as the top goalscorer.

“There is a genius in his game that is hard to ignore,” Correa says of this soccer “golden child.”  He wanted to reflect Rodriguez’s style in his illustration, without losing his own artistic style.

“About 90 percent of the work on the illustration was done with my iPad using the Procreate app and a Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2,” Correa notes. “The finishing touches were done in Photoshop.”

Correa is currently working on an illustration of Muhammad Ali and a series featuring iconic buildings and sites in Bogota.


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