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Blade Runner Retold in Watercolor Paintings

by Kenny Hoeschen

Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic sci-fi film, Blade Runner, is retold through animation and thousands of aquarelle paintings. Artist Anders Ramsell, a student at Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, took his love of the film to the next level, producing a 35-minute “paraphrase” featuring over 12,500 aquarelle paintings, each approximately 1.5-x-3cm in size.

As Ramsell describes it, “I saw an opportunity to dive deeper; enhance its colors and feelings from an new angle. And also to combine the old technique that is water and pigment with the future that is Blade Runner.” Ramsell said that his Aquarelle Edition follow’s the film’s storyline, but he cut scenes that didn’t work as well in this particular medium: “A lot of paintings hit the trash bin,” he said. “If anyone is wondering, this is as analog as it gets — water, pigment, paper and brush. That’s it!”

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