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California Winemakers

Bill Russell interviews, records, illustrates and animates winemakers from California, as part of his Wine Country Tales project. Check out the digital drawings here.

March 9, 2016

Watching and Drawing Lone Survivor

A digital drawing by Bill Russell using the ProCreate App at Manly Movie Night in Berkeley, California.

January 23, 2014

Bill Russell Draws and Animates Jazz Pianist

July 30, 2013

Bill Russell Draws and Animates Chinese Musicians

July 15, 2013

Bill Russell Draws and Animates a Jazz Saxophonist

July 8, 2013

Family Portraits by Jamie Bennett


January 14, 2013

Drawing the Dog Catcher, but don’t call him that.

Bill Russell recently completed a series of drawings of people who work for The Marin Humane Society. More drawings here.


September 23, 2011

Manitoulin Summer 2011

This summer, Bill Russell travelled with a crew from Reactor to Manitoulin Island.

Here’s Bill’s visual diary (PDF) and some prose:

Manitoulin 2011

Bill leads lost children through the wilderness

He drives us through lines of trees on a dusty back road through heat and time. In my gut sits a lump of Dave and Brenda’s whitefish and chips. We stop for supplies at the Foodland and watch Ojiybway carting sodas into a truck. Where do you find First Nations beaded moccasins not made in China? Maybe the hardware store sells ’em besides hunting liscences, fishing lures and DEET. After a look down into the dolomite alvar, we’re off cruising past deep yellow Canola fields under a bright blue sky. Just give me a butter tart, a paddle and more homegrown and set me downstream.

August 12, 2011

Glassblower at the Museum of Glass


see it move

June 27, 2011

Bill Russell’s Marin Magazine Cover

My friend Peter sells fruits and nuts up by Mt Tam in Marin County. Illustration linked here.

Marin Magazine Cover

May 3, 2011