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Boxcutter Harmonica by JayFosgitt Boxcutter Harmonica by JayFosgitt
Promotional poster I made for my friend and playwright Motz's upcoming show, "Boxcutter Harmonica" [link], which opens this summer at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. It's a surreal detective story, and Motz asked me to design the poster like a 1950's jazz album cover. Though the end result of this poster was created digitally, the original pencil sketch looked just like this.

"Boxcutter Harmonica" J. Merrill Motz
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justmotz Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
amazing. but i may be biased...
JayFosgitt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks for all the kind words, folks! This was a fun style to play around with, and a good one to have in my back pocket if another projects comes alone that would call for it!
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
This is just beautiful!
Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Mondo cool style, my man. It seems to have that Warner Brothers haunted house feel to it, the one where Sylvester and Porky crashed for the night and the mice were totally off the hook trying to snuff them.
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love the cubism inspired style!
rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Love the black and blue color scheme, and few things say "hard-boiled" like rolled-up shirtsleeves and hairy arms, except perhaps chain smoking.

Surreal detective stories appeal to me: the work of Carl Hiaasen; Gun, With Occasional Music, by Jonathan Lethem; and Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently novels (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul), both of which involve Norse deities.
JayFosgitt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Artist
You'd love my friend's writing, then. Check out the link I provided--you may find some of his writing online.
UncleScooter Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool! It's like Picasso- but with a jazz/film noir vibe :D
Chopfe Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome concept! :D
JREdwards Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I really like this, it is interesting to see your work in limited tonal quantity, because we've seen it in black and white, we've seen it in full color but in a basic three color set you've created an entire scene that is perfect.
There is a sense of depth and even movement.
The sharpness of the characters and even the scene/shadows work well with the rare curves of the guitar or the smoke.
It could be viewed as a metaphor that the only things with any sense of curve are a musical instrument and the smoke maybe some relation to abstract or intangible ideas while the rest of the scene shows rigid characters bound in realism.

Great work Jay.
Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is seriously cool.
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