BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One has a very cool illustration for the cover artwork:

Burial at Sea Episode One cover

I initially would say its art style is "noir" but when I did a Google Images search for "noir art" it came up with images that had some similar elements, but they were not very similar to the style above:

Google Images search for "noir art"

Is there a name for this kind of illustration's style?

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Interesting. Not entirely sure what part of the style you are after, but I am going to take your noir as a hint.

Actually, I think you are pretty close in your search, but I think you need to use "film noir poster". That will give you a lot of stuff like this:

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Another search term is "pulp paperback cover" or "pulp fiction". This is the classic name for paperbacks with simple stories, usually detetctive-ish stuff (pulp refers to wood pulp, the cheap material for producing paperbacks.Hence, pulp fiction). Here is what you might find:

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Clearly, your image is a modern version of this style; it is softer, more digital in the lines. But this might get you started.


I could not resist, you might like this site, with pulp-noir covers Here is an example from that site, pulp-noir paintings:

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  • +1 the main thing in the sample not covered by "noir" is the arrangement of different elements including faces over a paint like pattern, which is classic 1960s film poster style Jun 11, 2014 at 11:58
  • @user568458 agreed; the example the OP shows is a "mashup" in a way, and a little tricky to pinpoint to one "style". It is clearly a modern take, but the text and font-choices are all on its own.
    – benteh
    Jun 11, 2014 at 17:04
  • Actually I think this is a pretty good answer and provides the OP with further resources.
    – Jenna
    Jun 12, 2014 at 9:20

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