The amazing artwork for the BAFTA Awards 2016 and their creation process

The amazing artwork for the BAFTA Awards 2016 and their creation process

A set of outstanding posters are created each year for the BAFTA Film Awards and this year they were meant to inspire wonder. The 2016 BAFTA Awards posters were illustrated by the hungarian Levente Szabó, with creative direction and design by Human After All.

Levente describes the theme of this year's BAFTA campaign ‘Window to Another World’:

"a concept that speaks of screen as a magical portal we peer through to experience a vast realm of adventures. This concept explores how the experience of cinema is one that takes place not just within the limits of the screen, but within the limitlessness of our own imaginations. To express this idea, ’Window to Another World’ uses a deceptively simple framing image, within which we can glimpse an epic adventure unfolding."

Five posters were produced to represent each of the five Best Film nominees: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Carol, Spotlight and The Revenant; plus one for the main Award poster. You can see them in the gallery below. They had roughly two weeks to finish them as the final nominees were announced at January 9th.

The winner for the BAFTA Film Award was 'The Revenant', and Levente shared the creation process of this beautiful piece of design. Follow the 15 steps in the words of Levente Szabó and watch at the end the two videos of the illustrator in action, creating 'Carol' and 'The Revenant' artwork.

Creating 'The Revenant' BAFTA 2016 Artwork.

Step 1.

The Revenant is primarily a film about revenge. At the very beginning of the project, it occured to me that the protagonist’s dedication to enacting his revenge could be symbolised by a raging bear. Inside this bear is the protagonist himself (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film), who must triumph over continual adversity to achieve his goal.

This is the original rough drawing.

Step 2.

Once we had an approved layout, I created a color palette to work from and gathered a few reference photos: the protagonist’s clothing, bears in different poses (roaring or attacking), North American woods and mountains.

Step 3.

The posters needed to have a lot of bleed area to give the team at Human After All options to, for example, crop in different aways to allow the addition of type and logos. It also needed to be in a super high-res format (a 90 x 100cm, 400dpi PSD) - and I’m not sure if I could’ve done it without an SSD upgrade.

The first step was to block out the basic shape with the Lasso Tool. I generally use only a small number of Photoshop's many tools – mainly Layer/Group Masks, Transparency Lock, and Layer Blending, and the preset Brushes – as I focus on giving a a hand-drawn feel to my illustrations.


Watch the following steps in the next page.