Design + Illustration

Elements of the Field Letterpress Print and Vinyl design for Idyl by Russell Shaw

When musician and artist Idyl released his album Elements of the Field to vinyl, freelance illustrator Russell Shaw created this commemorative letterpress print for the record as well as directing and producing live single take music videos.

Idyl’s “Elements of the Field”

Services: Illustration, Print Design, Music Video Direction

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Collaboration with DRG Recordings on an Original Letterpress Prints + Videos Commemorating Debut Album Pressed to Vinyl

In the winter of 2012, Dr. G Recordings launched a campaign to raise enough funds to press Idyl's debut album, "Elements of the Field," to vinyl. In promotion of the campaign, two music videos were created. The campaign was successful, and as a "thank you" to supporters, we also shipped a fine art illustrative print along with the album.

Print: This companion to the album is flooded with hand-drawn illustrations of different objects, plants, animals, and insects that I thought represented the “elements of the field.” Listening to the record, I imagined being on a Lewis-and-Clark-type expedition, and drew some of the things that I saw around the imagined campsite. So from lizards to smallmouth bass, to canoes and lanterns, to desert boots and thermoses for carrying along that fire water, these are a few elements of my field.

Video: Filming is still a fairly new endeavor to me – I feel at home with die cuts and fonts and Pantone color palettes, but am still a bit uneasy when it comes to pressing the “Record” button. So I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make the promotional music videos simple, one-take pieces in order to really just showcase the outstanding music. There is an authenticity to simply capturing a band’s jam session from start to finish.

Idyl's "Elements of the Field" was released on vinyl 15 December 2012.

Idyl is Alex Dupree, Aisha Burns, Sean Padilla, Kevin Bybee, David Kline
Digital Downloads available on Idyl's Bandcamp. Limited release of vinyls available on Dr. G Recordings.

The release to vinyl was produced by Dr. G Recordings,
Producers: Gray Clevenger, Drew Swope

Original album artwork by Joshua Gamma

Letterpress print illustration and design by Russell Shaw

Print production by Amanda of Alee & Press

 
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Promotional Single-Take Live Session Music Video 1:
“Two Idyls”

 

"Two Idyls" from Idyl's debut album, "Elements of the Field"

Featuring: Alex Dupree, Aisha Burns, Kira Bordelon, Diana Burgess, Nicole Kern & Sean Padilla
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Director/DP/Editor: Russell Shaw
Producers: Drew Swope and Gray Clevenger, Dr. G Recordings
Audio Engineer: Andrew Hernandez
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Filmed on 09.01.2012 in Austin, TX

 

Letterpress Print

The commemorative fine art letterpress print shipped as a companion piece to the album on vinyl. The set was sent to individuals who supported the project in its earliest stages.

Album artwork designed by Joshua Gamma.

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Promotional Single-Take Live Session Music Video 1:
“Silent Prophet in the Hall of the King”

"Silent Prophet in the Hall of the King" from Idyl's debut album "Elements of the Field"
Featuring: Alex Dupree, Aisha Burns & Sean Padilla
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Director/DP/Editor: Russell Shaw
Producers: Drew Swope and Gray Clevenger, Dr. G Recordings
Audio Engineer: Andrew Hernandez
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Filmed on 09.01.2012 in Austin, TX

 

Awards

AIGA Portfolio Gallery Feature

 

Online Press and Recognition

"Video: Idyl" (Bearings)