Futurist Syd Mead is perhaps one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and his pioneering, optimistic visions of a sleeker, brighter tomorrow have been featured in everything from streamlined Detroit car designs and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner to Tron, Aliens and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
A deluxe new coffee table book, The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist, detailing the concept artist's enduring legacy, is coming this fall from Titan Books. It's a lavish 248-page hardback volume offering a fantastic assortment of Mead's engineering art and conceptual designs for Hollywood. Many of the hundreds of brilliant sketches and illustrations will be published here for the first time.
Mead began his legendary career back in the late '50s at Ford Motor Company's Advanced Styling Studio before being lured to the bright lights of Tinseltown in the '70s.
Last year Mead was honored at the 14th annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where he was presented with a special Vision Award for lifetime achievement.
“Syd is truly a defining creative force in the world of visual arts,” said Mike Chambers, VES board chair. “He has a rare ability to create fiercely inventive images, both iconic and sublime, and he has contributed to some of our most unforgettable cinematic experiences. Syd’s legendary contributions to the field of design, and the inspiration he has provided for generations of visual effects artists is immense.”
Check out a preview of Titan's The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist coming on September 5, 2017, and let us know which of the visual wizard's many creations have moved you the most.
(Via Coming Soon)