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I’ve Seen Things: Study Blade Runner Rick Deckard and Roy Batty Original Painting by John Alvin

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I've Seen Things: Study Blade Runner Original Painting by John Alvin, captures Roy, Rick, and the architecture so much a part of the film.

The art is created the artist who created the famed key art for the movie poster. This is a rare opportunity to get an original featuring these classic sci-fi characters.

There are very few originals from this film created for the poster, and John rarely returned to the subject, so there are only a handful of pieces by him representing Blade Runner. See the picture of the piece included in the book The Art of John Alvin for reference.

Blade Runner, released in 1982 is Ridley Scott's sci-fi film noir set in dystopian Los Angeles, November 2019. Retired police officer Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is detained at a noodle bar by officer Gaff (Edward James Olmos). His former supervisor, Bryant (M. Emmet Walsh), tells him that several "replicants"—biologically engineered humanoids who serve as soldiers and slaves in off-world colonies—have escaped, and have come to Earth illegally. As a "blade runner" while active, Deckard's job was to track down replicants on Earth and "retire" them. He must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

For more information about Blade Runner check out the IMDB page and this interview with Ridley Scott about the film.

The architecture in Blade Runner is like another character in the film. Here is a scene in the Bradbury Building:


John Alvin said he was "Creating the promise of a great experience". He was the preeminent designer and illustrator of cinema art in the entertainment industry.  In that business, you are only as good as your last job. Alvin was diverse enough in style and creative invention to be one of the ultimate go-to artist for movie posters in Hollywood for over two decades.  He designed and illustrated some of the world's most widely recognizable movie art.   From E.T. to Blade Runner, to Blazing Saddles and The Lion King, John Alvin is responsible for many of your favorite movie campaign images...

Alvin's first official movie art campaign was the poster for Blazing Saddles, directed by Mel Brooks, in 1974. Alvin was working as an animator at an animation studio at the time. He was invited to work on the Blazing Saddles poster by a friend. Alvin took an unusual path when designing the movie poster. He designed a serious movie poster, which incorporated unusual and quirky elements from the film. For example, in the poster, Alvin depicted Mel Brooks, who plays a Yiddish-speaking Native American chief in the film, wearing a headdress inscribed with the phrase, Kosher for Passover. The joke had been suggested by Alvin's wife, Andrea.

Alvin's work on Blazing Saddles was liked by Mel Brooks, as well as by others in the industry. He went on to work on a number of Brooks' later films. They included Young Frankenstein, which was also released in 1974.

Another of Alvin's iconic posters was his work for Steven Spielberg's 1982 film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It showed E.T.'s finger touching the finger of his human friend, Elliott, finger to finger tip. The fingers create a glow where they touch. The idea for the poster was reportedly suggested by Spielberg. It was inspired by Michelangelo's painting, The Creation of Adam. Alvin used his daughter as the human hand model for the poster.

Alvin created artwork for more than 135 film campaigns over the span of three decades. His work for such film studios as New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Disney Studios and Lucasfilm Ltd. They included Blade RunnerCocoonThe Lost BoysPredatorThe Princess BrideGremlinsThe GooniesThe Lion KingBeauty and the BeastBatman ReturnsBatman Forever, and Jurassic Park. He also created the anniversary posters and other artwork for the 30th anniversary Star Wars Celebration.

In later years he created posters for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter film series and Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean films. According to John Sabel, an advertising executive at Walt Disney Pictures who often worked with Alvin, "There was a reason why The Lion King did the numbers that it did... There was a reason why 'Hunchback [of Notre Dame]' became a big success. It's because of the images that were produced, and a lot of those were John Alvin's paintings."