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There’s nothing better than listening to fine music and drawing.

Civil War Reanactors

Every summer several Civil War reenactments take place around the country. Here is a series of drawings based on Bill’s research of these events as an embedded reporter artist.

Bay Folk Sketchbook

Meet your friends, neighbors or the woman who serves you a beer at Vesuvius in North Beach. It’s what makes the San Francisco Bay area unique.

iPad Digital Drawings

Drawing the scene using various apps on the iPad.


For Bill Russell’s residency at Recology in San Francisco, he drew the employees and told their stories.


Meet the entrepreneurial Winemakers  of California’s Winegrowing regions.

Cab Drivers

Bill creates illustrated profiles of a different cab drivers and incorporates some interesting stories.

Harbin Hot Springs

Harbin Hot Springs, the clothing optional resort, north of Calistoga, California, was a great place to restore oneself and the best figure drawing class any artist would want.


Bill carries a sketchbook when he travels.