Jonathan Burton’s illustrated BAFTA programmes

Illustrator Jonathan Burton has created five illustrations that will feature on the covers of the printed programmes at next month’s BAFTA awards…

Illustrator Jonathan Burton has created five illustrations that will feature on the covers of the printed programmes at next month’s BAFTA awards…

Burton was commissioned by Studio Small to create an illustration to represent each of the five nominated films in the Best Film category, namely, Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty.


Les Misérables

“I wanted to capture a ‘narrative moment’ from each film without directly copying a particular scene,” says Burton of his approach to the commission. “The first stage was noting down the the key moments and then creating a new angle whilst trying to incorporate the themes of the story,” he continues. “This was a a way to keep loyal to the characters and settings but show a broader picture that represents the whole.

“As inspiration I’m drawn to photographs that leave the subject’s identity a mystery,” he adds. “It seemed appropriate for these illustrations to show the characters within their settings from behind or above which lets us see what they are seeing.”

Life of Pi


As well appearing on the covers of the awards night’s printed programmes, the artwork will also be available to buy as limited edition (of 100) A2 giclée prints on Cotton Natural White 315gsm 100% cotton paper at £60 each direct from Burton’s illustration agency Handsome Frank. Find them here.

Burton was also invited to work on designs for the tickets and the booklets in which they are packaged, covers shown below:

The BAFTA Film Awards will be held on February 10, more info at

See more of Burton’s work at

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