January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
pop.see.cul: Firstly, can you please give us a brief description of what you do and what your background in the creative industry is.
Nathaniel Russell: I went to college and studied printmaking. After graduation I moved to California and worked in a couple printmaking studios. I made artwork and tried to show it as much and do as many things as I could. I made a lot of posters for bands, album artwork, and t-shirts. Eventually I started a blog where I post art, photos, and writing semi-regularly. I started making shirts for my friends at mollusk surf shop, more album artwork, and more posters and zines. These days I live in Indiana and make prints and drawings, post stuff on my blog, design shirts and album covers fairly regularly and try to do good work for myself and others.
pop.see.cul: Has there been a particular project you found to be the highlight of your career so far?
Nathaniel Russell: I was awarded the art park/atlantic residency in Byron Bay, Australia last year. I went there for a month and made art, made new friends, and hung out. It was pretty amazing and one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.
pop.see.cul: What is your typical day like?
Nathaniel Russell: I wake up, take the dog for a walk, make coffee, do some e-mails, eat breakfast, work on whatever design, layout, or illustration gig I have at the moment until lunch, take a break and eat lunch with my girlfriend, get back to work, go for a walk again with the dog, maybe play guitar a little, make dinner, maybe work a little more on a drawing or in the sketchbook, watch a tv show or a movie, read a book, sleep, start all over. Some days I go visit my grandma.
pop.see.cul: What are your plans for the future?
Nathaniel Russell: I want to travel more and meet new people. I want to make better art and music. I want to get a cabin in the woods.
pop.see.cul: Can people buy your work? (if yes, from where?)
Nathaniel Russell: Sure. I have a website (nathanielrussell.com) that has a link to a store. I sometimes have art shows where things are for sale. Mollusk in San Francisco sometimes has things laying around of mine.
pop.see.cul: Has there been any moments where you thought of leaving everything behind to pursue another career?
Nathaniel Russell: I used to drive a van for a record label and deliver boxes of records. In retrospect it was kind of nice to have a straightforward task to do and to just do it and not be stressed out about it. Sometimes that sounds attractive again. I would sometimes like to work in a record store again or run a coffee shop.
pop.see.cul: You also write and play music as Birds of America. Isn’t there anything you can’t do?
Nathaniel Russell: There are so many things I cannot do that it would blow your mind. I really don’t think I can do all that much more than anybody else, it’s just what we choose to work at and pursue. I don’t think I’m any more special than anybody else.
Gif – Cruising