If the legendary Roberto Carlos wasn’t enough, the eye-catching designs for our Golaço competition have been getting plenty of attention since we revealed them a couple of weeks ago. Some of the designs are the work of Brazilian artist Victor Beuren, an upcoming illustrator with a talent for combining a number of different genres into his own unique style. As we celebrate the Golaço with our special competition, we spoke to the man himself about his artwork and bringing that famous Roberto Carlos goal to life…
When did you first start to get interested in illustration?
‘I started drawing and learning illustration in 2009. Before that, I used to do some random drawings here and there on pieces of paper, nothing serious. I have a background in advertising art direction, so my drawings were made between jobs.’
Which artists inspired you to start drawing?
‘My mother, my childhood friend Simon Louis Ducroquet and my former co-worker Fernando Castro. After I started to take it seriously, I got inspired by Matt Taylor, Matt Williams (aka Uberkraaft), Mattias Adolfsson, Kali Ciesemier and Roxie Vizcarra. I’m sure there are a lot more, but these people are the main ones.’
How would you describe your style of illustration?
‘Fun. I'll always work trying to have fun, appreciating the entire process, so I believe it can be seen in the final art.’
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
‘My everyday life, games, my family and movies. Every time I think about my work, I think about my son, Lucas (pictured above with his dad, hard at work!). I always think about making art that will make him proud of his dad, that will make him talk with his friends at school. All of this is in the future, of course, as he is only 1. Yeah, for sure, my son is my biggest inspiration.’
Do you think that living in Brazil has an impact on your work?
Brazil is a fun country, so I always try to put it in my work.’
Do you have any particular styles or materials that you prefer to work with?
‘I'm usually open to trying every kind of technique and media. But my preferred option is digital. Even working with digital, I like to work as if it is analogue, thinking and using techniques from traditional styles. So usually, I learn the traditional techniques that I can then apply to the digital works.’
What are your ambitions as an illustrator?
‘To keep having fun. I don't plan to live from my illustrations, I want to keep it as my side project. I believe that this way I can work on awesome projects, enjoying the process and having fun every time I sit at the drawing board.’
How did you first approach this project for us?
‘I watched the goal hundreds of times, in lots of different languages, so I could feel the reaction from the narrator, the tone of voice, the joy he felt. Then I studied the way that the ball travelled, observed the players' expressions and started to draw some concepts and ideas. I remembered the goal, but it is different remembering it and then watching it again now. It was nice to see again how amazing the goal was.’
Was it a difficult process or did the idea come together quite quickly?
‘The idea didn't
come easily. Actually, I had eight ideas to send to over. But the chosen one
wasn't there until the last 30min of my deadline. I was preparing the sketches
to send and in the middle of scans and Photoshop adjustments, I had the idea,
made a quick rough sketch and sent it. It was the one I liked the most and it
Do you feel you had to adapt your natural style to fit the idea behind this project?
‘It was something I was absolutely comfortable with. I always work with strong movements and shapes, so it fits perfectly with the brief.’
Are you happy with the final results?
‘Sometimes, the final work isn't as good as you expected, the hands don't reproduce what the mind imagined. But it wasn't the case with these illustrations. I can say that it was even better than I had imagined.’
Has football played a part in your work before?
‘Even living in Brazil, this was the first time I’ve worked on something connected with football. Of course I had already made football drawings, but this was the first time as a professional.’
Do you think its true that all of Brazil is crazy about football?
‘Absolutely. We breathe football, and you can't live without breathing.’
Is the Roberto Carlos goal as well regarded in Brazil as it is here in Europe?
‘It is a goal that is always shown on our best goals lists. You know, we are used to seeing golaços all the time as our football is amazing, but that is one of the best, for sure.’
What about Roberto Carlos, how do Brazilians see him?
‘Roberto Carlos is an idol in Brazil. He is always remembered for his really strong shots and insane goals.’
How do you feel about all the attention that your country will be getting this year?
‘I feel that it will be a good thing. My generation always saw Brazil doing good in almost every championship, but not having the chance to bring big sports events home. We tried to bring these events to Brazil on other occasions, but we were not even close. So it was a surprise to everyone when it happened and it was celebrated a lot.’
And how do you think Brazil will do in the tournament next year?
‘I was in the Maracanã for the Confederations Cup Final, against Spain. What I saw there was unbelievable. The energy from the crowd was insane, there was 80k people on the field with the players. I believe that playing home will help the team. I can't say we will be champions, but the team will do good. Ah, forget it. We will be world champions again!’
Many thanks to Victor for offering us these insights into his fantastic work - you can download wallpapers of all our Umbro Golaço artworks for free right here. Have you shown us your Golaço yet? Head to UmbroGolaco.com now if you want to be in with a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Brazil.