Watch: 'Blade Runner' Opening Painstakingly Recreated in Watercolors

June 18, 2012
Source: Kotaku

Blade Runner in Watercolor

We love to feature amazing fan-made artwork and posters here, because oftentimes the fan-made stuff is more creative and interesting than the marketing materials that come out of expensive Hollywood ad campaigns. We just stumbled across a new level of fan obsession that's practically unheard of, but this is definitely worth talking about. Kotaku points us to a frame-by-frame rendering of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Blade Runner, created by Swedish artist Anders Ramsell, that uses over 3,000 paintings to recreate Scott's iconic visuals using watercolors. It's an astonishing achievement, and this is just the start. Watch!

Here's Anders Ramsell's impressive watercolor recreation of the first 13-minutes of Blade Runner:

As you can see, the movie is only about 13 minutes long, but Ramsell fully intends to recreate the entire film, so he's gonna be working on this project for a long time. When he's done, though, I can easily see this put on display in a world-famous museum somewhere, because this is truly a remarkable work of art. I really enjoy shot for shot recreations done without Hollywood resources because it promotes creativity, a concept explored in Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind back in 2008 through "sweding." This Blade Runner painting reminds me of the best parts of Gondry's movie, as well as the live-action recreation of Raiders of the Lost Ark that a bunch of kids created years ago. If he posts the whole film recreated, we'll let you know! Cool?

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O.O Love it.

Xerxexx on Jun 18, 2012


I don't see the point in doing it.

hitmarkv on Jun 18, 2012


All I can think of is why? I'd rather see the person do 2 minutes of something they'd filmed. What a waste of energy and lifetime.

Carpola on Jun 18, 2012


Scott is enough clever to don't deliver us another same form Alien, He don't repeat hisself, He deliver us a another kind of alien movie and this is astonishing. Difficult Work but he do it. Blade Runner must be in this way too. Gripping,Gritty,Bitter,Grotesque, Futuristic,Exotic,Hell of Night movie. Salute You mr.Scott & Godspeed

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 19, 2012



rennmaxbeta on Jun 20, 2012


Sorry dude but I love those kind of sequel for blade runner

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 20, 2012


The paintings aren't very good, and there aren't enough of them so the animation is choppy. This guy is forever alone.

Bobo_Vision on Jun 19, 2012


do any of you pay attention anymore? FIRST // this is Ridley Scott's movie and the animation in it is " fan made" by what did i read a "Swedish artist" // 2nd of all, not a waste of time // More humans waste this much time checking their so called smart phones and picking their noses being unproductive CATTLE or better yet MINDLESS ZOMBIES tromping around aimlessly in life with the glare from their screens peeling their brain cells back through their eyeballs.. This Animation is NOT A WASTE OF TIME especially when your an artist practicing your skills.. i'm sure this guy will make something amazing after he completes this project from the practice alone.. Haters always going to hate but kindof makes me wonder what hell do these people do that is SO MUCH better with their time and life to give people un constructive critics. You all think your so high up in the world you must get NOSEbleeds all the time. I like to see anyof you produce something on your own and better. OH YEAH come up with something completely original too. Personally I CAN'T wait to see the rest of RAMSELLS interpretation of blade runner. Thanks first showing for sharing such an interesting find. ///vandoll

vandoll on Jun 19, 2012


Aw, I think I hear a little violin playing for you and your tracer art friend. I started to view it again, but like the first time I thought, why? I can think of a reason why, trace a well known film, instant recognition, like singing a cover version on a talent show.

Carpola on Jun 20, 2012


This is absolutely amazing. I'm also a water color artist and my hat's off to the artist and to the dedication to his craft. Unfortunately, there are those that won't see the beauty in this and revert to making blanket statements like " these aint very good..." or "what a waste of time" But clearly they have never done anything remotely close to this. It's a sad world we live in when people can't appreciate something this brilliant.

Whitenoize242 on Jun 19, 2012


This is cool, I guess. Though, it puzzles me, what kind of a person comes up with stuff like this? You just wake up one morning and think "You know what, I'll go and paint a whole movie. Sounds like fun." 🙂

D6 on Jun 19, 2012


let them hate..more than likely the haters are the same ones spending hours playing with apps on their phones and never producing a damn thing to share with a public and certainly nothing that can withstand criticism like they dish out.. the amount of work that had to go into making this is insane and it takes a lot of skill. BTW, the people who wake up one day and think "I think i'll make a watercolor movie" are probably the same people who will also wake up one day in the future having experienced producing such a large scale effort and say "I think I'll write a new movie", or "I think I will shoot a new movie" so I wouldn't criticize them so much and would rather support them and give them praise and encouragement to CREATE in spite of the "Why waste your time?" haters living online and building houses on fecesbook.. hahahah.."Create, don't hate"

Lando on Jun 20, 2012


C'mon Lando, it's fair enough they rotoscoped 12 minutes of a film. But if it wasn't traced over the top of Blade Runner it would never get featured on this site. Look on Youtube, there's tonnes of abandoned rotoscoping projects. Check

Carpola on Jun 20, 2012


"The paintings aren't very good, and there aren't enough of them so the animation is choppy."???? IT'S WATERCOLOR!!! I'm positive that you have no idea how much effort went into the "Not very good/choppy" animation. Go back and kill pigs with birds while you stroke your iPud. Meanwhile, we'll continue to create.

GeckoMafia on Jun 20, 2012


That was awful, I couldn't't even tell what was going on. Just because someone took the time to do this doesn't make it good. It's sloppy with no detail.

Chris Caldwell on Jul 8, 2012


This is amazing! Thank you for this.

Ryan on Jul 12, 2012

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