This Alternate “Blade Runner” Poster Art Is Unreal

Hand-painted posters by legendary artist John Alvin.

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2. Last week we saw John Alvin’s Jurassic Park concept posters. Now you can see his art for Blade Runner.

Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin

3. Alvin, who died in 2008 after a career spanning four decades, hand-painted all his work.

Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin

4. When Blade Runner was released in 1981 it was seen as a critical and commercial failure.

Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin

5. However, when Ridley Scott released his director’s cut in 1991, it won the film critical and cult acclaim.

Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin
Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin

7. A new book, The Art of John Alvin, collects Alvin’s best work, along with a wealth of unseen sketches.

Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin
Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin
Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin

10. Here is an initial sketch of the final poster.

Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin

11. And how the sketch compared with the finished poster.

Warner Bros. / The Art of John Alvin

The Art of John Alvin is released on 22 August. Artwork reproduced here with permission.

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