Design + Illustration

Bearings Guide Hand Drawn Illustration Letterpress and Screen Prints by Russell Shaw

Hand drawn, pen and ink simple old-school illustrations letterpressed onto fine art poster prints of The Sailboat, The Whiskey Family Tree, Snakes of the South, How to tie a bowtie, the pork chart and beef chart and types of bluegrass instruments, infographics and diagrams by freelance graphic designer Russell Shaw.

Original Illustrations for Bearings

Services: Illustration, Graphic Design, Print and Product Design

 Illustrated infographic letterpress prints for Bearings Guide digital men's southern lifestyle publication on a shelf, featuring the parts of the sailboat, the types of venomous snakes in the south, how to tie a bow tie, the cuts of pork meat from a pig, and the whiskey family tree types of bourbon.
 
 

"We drove through pinewoods heavy with lichen and Spanish moss, and between the fallow cotton fields along a road white as the rim of the world. We parked under the broken shadow of a mill where there was the sound of running water and restive sqawky birds and over everything a brightness that tried to filter in anywhere. The South sang to us – I wonder if they remember. I remember – the cool pale faces, the somnolent amorous eyes and the voices: 'Are you comfortable?' 'Yes, are you?' 'Are you sure you are?' 'Yes.' Suddenly we knew it was late and there was nothing more. We turned home."

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Last of the Belles," from "All the Sad Young Men."

 
 

Whiskey Family Tree

Letterpress Print

 Bearings Guide whiskey family tree letterpress print illustration shows the types and varieties and heritage of whiskey and bourbon from Irish to Tennessee to Scotch, Rye and Canadian.
 Hand drawn infographic diagram of the whiskey and bourbon family tree letterpressed in brown ink on duplex cotton paper by Russell Shaw for Bearings.
 Base of the whiskey family tree illustration drawn for Bearings by freelance graphic designer Russell Shaw.
 The actual letterpress plate for the Whiskey Family Tree fine art print, a metal plate that impressed the graphic design into the paper.
 The whiskey family tree hand drawn illustrated infographic framed and on a shelf next to an old film camera and an old typewriter. 
 

The Sailboat

Letterpress Print

 the parts of a sailboat, letterpressed illustrated infographic showing the port and starboard sides, bow, bull, halyard, mast, mainstail, jib sail, keel, stern, boom, mainsheet and tiller, created by Russell Shaw for Bearings Guide.
 A woman runs the sailboat illustration plate through the letterpress and onto the thick duplex cream colored cotton linen paper.
 The parts of a Sailboat letterpress fine art print illustration is run and onto the thick duplex cream colored cotton linen paper.
 The parts of a sailboat illustrated infographic and fine art letterpress print design is framed in dark wood and on a bookshelf.
 

Venomous Snakes of the South

Letterpress Print

 Illustrated infographic of types of venomous snakes of the south shows the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, canebrake timber rattlesnake, pigmy rattlesnake, coral snake, cottonmouth water moccasin, and copperhead, created and drawn by graphic artist Russell Shaw for Bearings Guide.
 The Snakes of the South diagram illustration in letterpress fine art poster print is in a dark wood frame and photographed on a shelf next to a cactus.
 The original pen and ink and graphite detailed and handmade illustration work for the snakes of the south letterpress print.
 The original letterpress plates made out of metal stacked side by side for the Bearings letterpress infographic series with the focus on the types of snakes of the south print.
 

The Bowtie

Letterpress Print

 How to tie a bow tie handmade illustration and fine art letterpress print and poster design shows the step by step process for tying a bowtie.
 Eight steps, step by step illustrated guide of how to tie a bowtie hand drawn and created by Russell Shaw for Bearings Guide's series of letterpress prints. 
 The actual metal letterpress plate for the bow tie illustrated infographic print design.
 

Pork Chart

Letterpress Print

 The pork chart types of cut of meat and illustrated pig letterpress print design features cheek, shoulder, loin, rib, belly, ham and feet cut on this hand drawn infographic for Bearings Guide.
 Running the pork chart illustrated infographic through the letterpress machine off of the metal plate and onto the thick duplex paper for a fine art print.
 The cuts of pork letterpress illustration print design is framed in dark wood and sitting on an old tattered leather chair.
 

Beef Chart

Letterpress Print

 The Beef Chart letterpress illustrated print design shows the types of cuts of meat on this diagram of a cow, showing chuck, brisket, short rib, shank, rib, plate, short loin, flank, sirloin, rump, round and shank.
 Hand drawn illustrated fine art print diagram of types of cuts of beef is framed in a dark wood frame and sits in front of lockers and next to an old violin.
 The original metal letterpress plate for the beef chart illustrated infographic.
 The original sketch of the cow diagram for the beef chart cuts of meat for Bearings Guide's series of letterpress infographics.
 

Bluegrass Instruments

Letterpress Print

 Hand drawn diagram illustration and infographic of the types of bluegrass instruments shows the banjo, the upright bass, the fiddle, the resonator guitar or dobro, the harmonica, the acoustic guitar and the mandolin, created by freelance graphic artist Russell Shaw for Bearings Guide's letterpress print series.
 The Bearings Guide Bluegrass Instrument letterpress fine art print and poster graphic design illustration framed in a dark wood frame and sitting on a shelf next to an old radio.
 Original hand drawn sketch of the types of bluegrass instruments for the Bearings Guide's series of letterpress illustrated infographics.
 

American Bison

Letterpress Print

 Detailed pen and ink hand drawn illustration of an american bison head on a fine art letterpress print and poster design.
 Cropped detail shot of the original hand drawn sketch of the head of an american bison for the Bearings Guide letterpress print series.

Cropped detail shot of the original hand drawn sketch of the head of an american bison for the Bearings Guide letterpress print series.

 Stack of posters designed with the american bison illustration on them.
 

Pork Chart Print

Screenprint. Two versions: one in Brown, one in Navy.

 Silk screen printed poster and fine art print graphic design of the types of cuts of meat on a pig in brown ink.
 Tthe types of cuts of meat on a pig in navy blue ink silk screen printed poster and fine art print graphic design.
 Handmade illustration and hand drawn lettering design for the Pork Chart cuts of meat diagram of a pig and illustrated infographic in Bearings Guide's screen printed poster series.
 

Beef Chart Print

Screenprint. Two versions: one in Brown, one in Navy.

 Handmade illustration and hand drawn lettering design for the Beef Chart cuts of meat diagram of a cow and illustrated infographic in Bearings Guide's screen printed poster series.
 Silk screen printed poster and fine art print graphic design of the Beef Chart types of cuts of meat on a cow in navy blue ink.
 The Beef Chart types of cuts of meat on a cow in navy blue ink silk screen printed poster and fine art print graphic design.
 

Awards

2013 Creativity International AwardsCreativity 43rd Print & Packaging Awards. Platinum Award – Illustration.

2013 American Graphic Design Award (GDUSA, New York)

AIGA Portfolio Gallery Feature

 

In Print

GDUSA‘s 2013 American Graphic Design Awards Annual (GDUSA, December 2013)

 

Online Press and Recognition

"Russell Shaw: A Gentleman’s Illustrated Guide" (Fox & Brie)

 

Credits

"Whiskey Family Tree," "The Sailboat," "Venomous Snakes of the South," "The Bow Tie," "Pork Chart," "Beef Chart," and "Bluegrass Instruments" Illustration and Design by Russell Shaw for Bearings. Copyright 2012 Bearings, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Creative Directors: Jeremy Blume & Rob Forrester (Bearings)

More hand-drawn infographics created for Bearings can be found on my blog and/or on Bearings' website.

All letterpress products were produced in Atlanta, GA by Amanda Clarno of Alee & Press.
All press and product photography courtesy of Andrew Thomas Lee.