Be prepared to be immersed in the world of Blade Runner again with the real artbook for Blade Runner 2049. I said real because the book called The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 published in 2017 is actually a making-of book and not an artbook that the title suggests. So it's great to see that there is now an actual artbook for the film. It would be weird for a film where the world is totally imaginative and created to have no companion artbook.
Blade Runner 2049 - Interlinked - The Art is a huge 224-page hardcover that features the concept art for Blade Runner 2049 which was released in 2017.
There is a lot of artworks to see such as designs for weapons, vehicles, environments and story scenes. It's really satisfying to see the artworks printed so huge. The first Blade Runner film has concepts developed by Syd Mead and you can clearly see some designs are inspired by the legendary designer. It's really cool and somewhat nostalgic in a way.
The locations covered are Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Sea Wall, Memory Lab and other unrealised discarded locations. Text is sparse so this book is mostly about the art, and only the art. There's definitely more to read with the earlier book.
The only downside, if it can be called a downside, is most of the concept art are kinda CGI looking. Some look like photo-bashing art and is clearly very digital and you'll pay attention to the way it was created. Having said that, the designs do look good. The environments and world is well created. The mood and atmosphere are captured really well, especially the scenes in Las Vegas with the constant orange glow in the air.
Official retail price for the book is US $50. It's cheaper on Amazon and Book Depository. The author Tanya Lapointe has put together a good book. Overall, it's worth the money for fans of the film and or sci-fi art.
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