The Blade Runner Sketchbook was first published in June 1982 by Blue Dolphin Enterprises around the time the Ridley Scott-directed futuristic film noir Blade Runner was released in theaters. The book was chock full of production and concept art, including sketches by “visual futurist” Syd Mead and even the director himself. Soon after Blade Runner‘s uneventful theatrical bow (and shortly before the film was resurrected as an influential cult classic), this beautiful tome went out of print. Surviving copies are scarce and the book was never reprinted even after the movie was granted an elaborate 25th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray release.
But an enterprising Blade Runner fan has recently uploaded the complete text and photos of The Blade Runner Sketchbook to Issuu. You can read the book in its entirety here below.
The Sketchbook features over 90 pages of character sketches, set and prop designs, and concepts for scenes that were never filmed. It’s a fascinating look into the creation of one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made. Then again you might be a purist who prefers to own a copy of the actual book. In that case feel free to go here and you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $400 for a copy.