This illustration is based on the most iconic Photo of a single person ever made, „Guerrillero Heroico“ by Alberto Korda. The photo was illustrated by noumerous artists around the world and became the icon for the 1968s student movement.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara (June 14,1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.
The idea was to make this paper craft illustration to practice analog illustration techniques and show that there is a lot more to this iconic photo than just a portrait of a single person.
Every element was cut by hand with an exacto knife and arranged carefully in depth. Just enough to give the portrait some additional depth but preserve the flat look of the original photograph.
- Daniel Uebleis
Style and technique
The reason we choose this image as a start for our series was, that it is based on an image known by almost every person on the planet. But most of them don’t know what’s behind the person every one knows as „Che“. We thought it would be interesting to show some of the persons, locatons and things who made Ernesto “Che” Guevara the icon of the 20th century.
So we came up with the idea to use papercut to enhance the most well known interpretation of Alberto Kordas photo, the illustration of Jim Fitzpatrick.
"Be realistic, demand the impossible."