A selection of scratchboard portraits from Bill Russell’s 2019 Inktober series.October 21, 2019
Bill Russell always carries a small postcard-sized watercolour pad on his vacations. Bill Grigsby suggested putting a postage stamp on each and mail them to himself. So far none have gone missing. Here are a few from Bill’s recent trip to Vancouver Island.
August 20, 2019
Bill Russell’s portrait of poet and social activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti on the occasion of his 100th birthday.
April 1, 2019
February 27, 2019
For a number of years in the 1980’s Reactor was the agency of record for Bata Canada. On a regular basis we created in-store point of sale materials for the 500 or so Bata Shoe stores across Canada. These are two Thanksgiving posters art directed by Louis Fishauf and illustrated by Bill Russell and Paula Munck.
Cornucopia, ink and watercolours on paper by Bill Russell
Turkey, gouache on board, by Paula Munck.
November 21, 2018
This Jazz Portraits Folio of six jazz musician portraits by illustrator Bill Russell were created digitally on an Apple iPad Pro using the Procreate drawing app. Depicted in these prints are Brazilian instrumentalist Hermento Pascoal, cellist Zoe Keating, jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, eclectic bandleader Sun Ra, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and upright and electric bass player Esperanza Spalding. They were printed with archival pigment-based inks on Epson Velvet Fine Art acid-free paper and packaged in a limited edition of 12 at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Learn more here. Bill also created animations found here.
Here are five new Jazz Portraits done by Bill Russell. Look for limited edition 12″x12″ giclee prints on Billustration.com.
May 3, 2017
April 18, 2017
Recently he repurposed images from his best-selling book Dance of Death, published by Reactor in 1987, into posters, prints and other merchandise.
View some images on his FaceBook page.
November 3, 2015