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'Blade Runner' like you've never seen it

"Blade Runner," the 1982 science fiction classic from director Ridley Scott, is one the genre's enduring masterpieces.

Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah and based on a Philip K. Dick novel, the film has been often imitated, but never quite like this. 

Artist Anders Ramsell took his love of the film to the next level, producing a 35-minute "paraphrase" (his word) featuring over 12,500 aquarelle paintings, each approximately 1.5-x-3cm in size.

The result is like a Monet painting come to dystopian life. Ramsell, who spoke via email to Yahoo News about his creation, said it took him about a year and a half to create all the paintings.

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I saw an opportunity to dive deeper; enhance its colors and feelings from an new angle," Ramsell said. "And also to combine the old technic that is water and pigment with the future that is 'Blade Runner.'"

Ramsell, a student 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.

"If anyone is wondering, this is as analog as it gets — water, pigment, paper and brush. That's it!"

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