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Box art by John Jinks

North American artwork, first published by Electronic Arts, Inc. in 1992.

Designed for the North American and European markets. DOS version pictured.

Also available on: 3DO.


John’s extraordinary style of art would be lavished upon Mindscapes first crack at a graphic adventure.


The abstract artistry in the vain of early 20th century Cubism would fit with the game’s time period perfectly, but, in what could be argued a missed oportunity, was not adopted in-game where instead digital art and realism ruled.


The artist at the time of the commissioning was very much in demand with an international presence, and recalls being hired with a brief of little more than a written paragraph depicting a crime scene.


The box art was created using airbrushed acrylics and the title’s font keenly reminises the style used in the 1900’s to promote the chararter.


John would go on to produce another Mindscape cover, The Real Deal (1995) - again in this unique style - before hanging up his box artist boots.






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 >The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes

Other notable John Jinks box arts.

1995

>The Real Deal (NA) Windows.





If you like The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes you’ll love…

>na.




Sources and further reading:

>The man himself!

>http://www.jjinks.com/ILLGALLERY1.html

>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubism


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Posted - 12/2/16 by Adam Gidney

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