Design + Illustration

The Village Voice Neighborhood Maps Editorial Illustrations


Illustrations for The Village Voice's "Five Boroughs, No Waiting"

Hand-Drawn Maps for the Cover Story "New York by New Yorkers: A Locals' Guide to the City's Neighborhoods from Art & Activism to Bodegas & Biryani"

First published in The Village Voice, 2017

Services: Editorial Illustration, Graphic Design


I was approached by the art directors at The Village Voice to create a series of five illustrated maps for one of their upcoming issues. They reached out with my specific artwork style already in mind: black ink, plus one spot color, hand-drawn illustrated maps. Each map would spotlight a different New York City neighborhood – a true locals' guide to places that are off-the-beaten path.

The half-page, editorial illustrations ran throughout the feature article of the issue. Each neighborhood map was designed with a different spot color that was carried through in the editorial layout design surrounding the map.

Commissioned by The Village Voice.

First published in March 2017.

Neighborhood Maps Illustrator, Designer: Russell Shaw

Deputy Art Director: Ashley Smestad Vélez

Contributing Art Director: Sandie Burke

Cover Illustration: Eric Drooker


Issue: March 22- March 28, 2017, Vol. LXII | No. 12
Cover Illustration (below) by Eric Drooker


Five Illustrated Neighborhoods:

  • Jamaica

  • Melrose

  • Saint George

  • Sunset Park

  • Washington Heights