Read the Blade Runner Sketchbook by Ridley Scott/Syd Mead


The future never quite turns out like the movies. The real Manhattan of 1997 wasn’t anything like Escape from New York, the space stations of 2001: A Space Odyssey have yet to show up, and though hoverboard technology is in its infancy, we’re a long way away from the flying cars of Back to the Future Part II and Blade Runner. Yet these fully realized worlds of the future (even if inaccurate) helped create a kind of cinematic reality that made the movies seem more alive.

In the case of Blade Runner, you can thank Ridley Scott, Syd Mead, and other talented artists for creating an engrossing Los Angeles of 2019. Released in 1982, the Blade Runner Sketchbook shows the amount of research and deliberation that went into making the film. The book’s long out of print and expensive to obtain, but thanks to the interwebs you can read the entire Blade Runner Sketchbook online for free.

Get yourself a bowl of noodles and check out the Blade Runner Sketchbook after the jump.

[Via Comics Alliance]

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.