New York Magazine, Vacations

  • New York Magazine, Vacations
  • Editorial Illustration

    Illustrations for New York Magazine’s series on tips and tricks for New Yorkers escaping winter in the city for warm, Caribbean vacations.

    I worked with the New York staff to create artwork for a series of five articles about vacation tips and insights to help New Yorkers get away from the city for the winter.

    Each article featured completely different content – from a “What To Wear This Winter” article that was a play on the topic by suggesting warmer weather attire, to advice on destinations for NYC residents based on what neighborhoods they live in – but the artwork remained consistent throughout the series. Working with a rich and colorful, Caribbean-inspired color palette, the artwork is vibrant and full-color with watercolor texture and depth, and a refined level of detail expressed through hand-drawn, pen-and-ink line work.

    Thank you to the entire New York Magazine team for working on this project!
  • Credits
    Art Director: Sam Kim
    Illustrator: Russell Shaw
  • “Your Ultimate Caribbean Getaway, Based on Your NYC Neighborhood”
  • This was one of my favorite articles to illustrate in the series. The concept I developed shows these vignettes of New Yorkers enjoying vacations with an almost “picture-in-picture”-like effect of the city behind them. Because each location is suggested based on the residents’ neighborhood, the imagery shows the vacation activities and places in the foreground, and a suggestion of what New York neighborhood the characters left behind in the background. It was interesting to juxtapose the city against a tropical setting in each composition!
  • Union Square, Chelsea, Midtown, or Hell’s Kitchen → Aruba
  • Soho, Tribeca, the Financial District, or the Upper East Side → St. Barths
  • Williamsburg, Dumbo, or Long Island City → Barbados
  • Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, or Brooklyn Heights → Curaçao
  • Bushwick, Greenpoint, Bed-Stuy, or Crown Heights → Cuba
  • “The Art of Perfecting Your Social Media Captions on Vacation”
  • This article features tips and tricks on documenting your travels – it was a good excuse to get to draw all sorts of tropical leaves and waves and explore what type of imagery and color makes someone think, “I want to go there too.” I also was kind of a fan of – and glad that we got to introduce people to – this funny little Hashtag Island in the last spot illustration!
  • “Always Give Context”
  • “Get Personal – And Don’t Be Afraid to Go Long”
  • “Use Hashtags Selectively”
  • “The Art of the Mini-Vacation”
  • This article was all about mastering a quick getaway – something I am actually a pretty big fan of personally (I’d rather explore a lot of smaller, weekend trips rather than try to pack all of my vacation hopes-and-dreams into one big trip). This article also continued the concept of showing a New Yorker enjoying the vacation settings juxtaposed with scenes from the city in each illustration.
  • “Don’t Travel Too Far”
  • “Don’t Overload Your Itinerary”
  • “Stay Near Bars, Restaurants, and Stores”
  • Thank you!