BAFTA nominees illustrated

It’s not often that simple pop art inspired illustrations can aptly reflect the complexity of a character – but French illustrator Malika Favre has created some block colour images for the BAFTA awards that show two sides to the story.

There are five illustrations depicting each of the nominees for best film, where Favre has used shadows to represent the “duality” of the characters, she says.

Brochure cover: Birdman
Brochure cover: Birdman

“The idea of something hiding in the illustration came quite naturally,” Favre says. “It was a way of telling the story in one image, and combining two images into one.” She adds that the concept examines both past and future, such as with her interpretation of the Theory of Everything.

Brochure cover: Theory of Everything
Brochure cover: The Theory of Everything

Working with consultancy Human After All, which designed the advertising and print collateral for this year’s show, Favre based her illustrations on “The Big Reveal” – the consultancy’s award campaign that focuses on intrigue and mystery.

BAFTA 2015 film poster
BAFTA 2015 film poster

The concept was first conveyed through her design for the awards poster, which shows a woman in a gown holding an envelope, which is then revealed as a microphone in the image’s shadow.

The theme was then carried across the nominee illustrations, which will be used as front covers for the event brochure, given out to guests at the awards ceremony this Sunday.

BAFTA grand budapest hotel
Brochure cover: The Grand Budapest Hotel

“The concepts phase was the most important,” Favre says. “It’s a bit different from what I normally do in terms of gradient and mood. I played with shadow and light to get this glamorous, cinematic, old-Hollywood feel – then modernised it to make it current.”

Brochure cover: Boyhood
Brochure cover: Boyhood

Following the awards, the illustrations will run as limited edition prints, available to buy from both the BAFTA website and Favre’s website.

Brochure cover: Imitation Game
Brochure cover: The Imitation Game

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