Swedish artist Anders Ramsell has created a paraphrased version of Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner using 12,597 watercolor paintings. It’s called Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition.

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He’s calling it Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition,  and it took him most of a year to finish. Says Ramsell:

“Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition” follows the original movies storyline but I have taken the liberty to change a lot of things. It was never my intent to make an exact version of the movie, that would fill no purpose. Instead I wanted to create a something different and never before seen.”

The finished animated film is comprised of  a series of tiny hand made aquarelle watercolour paintings, each one around 1.5-x-3 cm in size. The result is like a Monet painting given life.

Ramsell, a studen at Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, said that his “Aquarelle Edition” follows 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.

Ramsell was able to add his own flair to Scott’s dystopian vision. The colors flow effortlessly from one frame to the next. “This is as analog as it gets — water, pigment, paper and brush. That’s it!” Ramsell explained.

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