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blade runner imagineFX cover by francis001 blade runner imagineFX cover by francis001
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Hi

This is a piece I did for a cover for the recent issue of ImagineFX magazine featuring some material on Syd Mead, the industrial designer who worked on Blade Runner. I was asked to paint an image paying homage to Syd Mead and his design work for the movie.

The magazine includes a step-by-step that I wrote. In the process I used some stock photography from mjranum-stock ([link]) for pose and lighting reference. Marcus graciously gave me permission to have the reference photo reproduced in the article. I haven't received my comp copy of the magazine yet so I haven't actually seen the writeup.

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Hope you like!
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:iconandy1701a:
ANDY1701A Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool. Nice one.
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:iconpsypop:
psypop Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Awesome piece Blade Runner is one of my fave SyFy flicks
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:iconjuantomajok:
juantomajok Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Great stuff, man
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GLENNGRAPHICS Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE COP CARS WERE SO AWESOME. THIS COULD'VE BEEN IN THE MOVIE.  GREAT WORK ON CAPTURING THE VIBE OF THE DAMP CROWDED CITY.  THE FEMALE BLADE RUNNER IS A GREAT TOUCH TOO. MAYBE IN PART 2???
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:iconwaylonjennings:
WaylonJennings Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Artist
I like her and love the art to the nth degree, but Rick is the best. Harrison Ford as Rick, now and forever. 
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:icontashoque:
tashoque Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
This is beyond awesome!
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:icondanilov89:
Danilov89 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Francis Tsai, just read the article in a european publication "Fantasy Art", all I can say: gorgeous! I hope one day with a lot of practice I might reach at least half of the skill you have!
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:icon14thdegree:
14thdegree Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Fantastic piece. You really captured the essence of Mead's design work while maintaining some creative independence. I am a big fan of this genre and also of Marcus's work. I don't even use mjranum-stock but i have been a watcher for years just because i love seeing his beautiful compositions.
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CaptainDavyJones Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconwhitebrush1138:
Whitebrush1138 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   General Artist
This looks stellar, Mead written all over it. It would be awesome if they used this as a concept piece for the Blade Runner sequel that's being written.
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:iconfinkybeatnik:
finkybeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional
Hey I just ordered that book of yours! "Extreme Worlds" and can't wait to read it and try out some of your digital art exercises. =) Awesome work.
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:iconalex9994:
Alex9994 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice !
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:iconmoshomania1:
moshomania1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blade Runner RULEZ! RIP Philip K. Dick.
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:iconkatsu333:
katsu333 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Coloring and lighting are incredible :)
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:iconjafnova:
JAFNOVA Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! Just love the flim!
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:iconedakunsis:
EdaKunsis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hua----------fantastic!
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:iconlilidin:
LiliDin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
amazing!!!!
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:iconbenitaisok:
benitaisok Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
she's bad ass...about to go round up some droids.
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:icondream-chylde:
dream-chylde Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Beautiful lighting and reflections. Gorgeous all-around with the colors and details.
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:iconvr85:
VR85 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Stunning!
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:iconkudoze:
kudoze Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
sick color design! keep up the good work!!
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:iconarrowriter:
Arrowriter Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Incredible. The atmosphere (especially the rain) is perfect for Blade Runner as well as all the details.
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:icontmaldo33:
tmaldo33 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
luv the feel of it
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Fantastic work!
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:iconchris-919:
Chris-919 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this picture I wish I had the time, dedication and ability to paint like that!
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:iconjsouza88:
JSouza88 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Masterpiece!
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:icontiminiseat3d:
Timiniseat3D Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing
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:iconspacemarines2:
SpaceMarines2 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Badass.

'Dat Spinner.
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:iconyuzu-neko:
Yuzu-neko Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Предельно! Good job!)
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:icondima16:
DIMA16 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
супеееррррррр!!!!!!
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:iconmaclad:
Maclad Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Brilliant, best I've seen on the web
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:iconchronosfx:
ChronoSFX Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
cool pic. the girls shadow is kinda throwing me, but I love the colors and feel.
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:iconsamael302:
samael302 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Amazing, totally love it-.
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:iconjoshua2000thesavior:
joshua2000thesavior Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
It is a wonderful master piece, exelent work
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:iconbrutality84:
brutality84 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
cool!!!!!!!
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:iconcomifab:
cOMIFAB Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Impressive work! Great light and great rendering, only the legs reflection I think is too long but is not a great problem :)
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:iconthemanatfireonfire:
TheManAtFireOnFire Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student General Artist
This is definitely an awesome work. Keep it going.
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:iconstgeorge67:
StGeorge67 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Very very very NICE !
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:iconskarpskyter:
Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
I love it, really does give the Blade Runner feeling. But why no umbrella lights? :)
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:icontwofacetoo:
twofacetoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great work! Absolutely brilliant!
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:iconrizarlogic:
RizarLogic Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Love the futuristic designs!

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:iconpigeon90210:
Pigeon90210 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
awsome
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:icontomastocornal:
tomastocornal Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow really cool! Love the film
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:iconsamael1103:
Samael1103 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"-Have you ever retired an human by mistake?"
Great work!
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:icontheobsessivebrowser:
TheObsessiveBrowser Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Captures the sleek hi - tech spirit of BR very well. It could also be an illustration for Ghost in the Shell.
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RedExodus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
You know, i like the environment, its very blade runner. You got the rain, the neon, grimy conditions, crowds of people. Even the cop car. But the chick... its... out of place to me. I mean, sure blade runner had that tight latex thing goin on for part of the movie. But she just doesn't seem to belong in the picture to me. All very well executed though. Looks neat.
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flavioluccisano Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing Job, I founded this image accidentally 'cause I'm looking for images of Blade Runner for my Tattoo, and i should say your work here is great, congratulations!.
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:iconmajor-incidents:
Major-Incidents Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Fantastic work. Love the style and colour!
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:icongeo-designs:
geo-designs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow- that's awesome
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Takrezz Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
that reflection on the street is what makes the composition outstanding
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