Sketched traditionally with pencil and paper and then scanned into Photoshop for painting, detailing and finishing, 'Downtown Deckard' was the first big challenge of my fledgling career as an illustrator. This piece is an attempt to provide the viewer with a unique perspective of some of the opening scenes of Ridley Scott's classic film noir utilising elements of futurist Syd Mead's designs from pre-production and characters and shots from the film.
My intention was to layer in as many references to the film as possible without over-loading the frame. Deckard (Harrison Ford) is the focus of the piece and I used foreground elements such as the traffic display (foreground left) to hold your eye on the bottom of the frame. Eagle-eyed fans can spot 'Gaff' (Edward James Olmos), Deckard's spinner (far right), 'The Snake Pit' where Deckard finds 'Zhora' (Joanna Cassidy), the subway where Zhora attempts to evade Deckard, references to words used in the Voight Kampf test in the Chinese-writing neon signs, 'Hannibal Chew's (James Hong) 'Eye World' and a fleeting glimpse of Rutger Hauer's 'Roy Batty' if you really squint!
This piece was sold to a private collector and no further editions are available.