About Kevin

Kevin Sprouls, Creator of the Wall Street Journal stipple hedcut portrait style. Sprouls introduced the hallmark portrait style to the Wall Street Journal in 1979. Between 1979 and 1987, Kevin worked on staff for the paper, creating illustrations and training artists in the style. He currently is the main illustrator for Worth magazine. His pen is housed in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Creating the Large Hedcut Portrait in the WSJ Portrait Style

Aside from producing the well-known WSJ hedcut style portraits, I am sometimes called on to create a large hedcut portrait; the same style portraits in a large format. This is a nice change of pace and is gratifying because I know the … Continue reading

WSJ Hedcut Artist Kevin Sprouls Stipple Portraits for Gallup

I just shipped a fresh portrait illustration to Gallup, Inc. the polling organization. I have produced many pieces of art for this venerable institution over the last few years. I’m always glad to be hired by a client with historical … Continue reading

Vineyard Illustration | WSJ Portrait from the Vineyard

Vineyard Illustration for Discerning Clients Stemming from my work in creating the WSJ Portrait style, aka the Hedcut, opportunities arise from discerning clients. These are people who appreciate the refined, engraved look of these illustrations. Here are a few of … Continue reading

Illustrating Foxygen

My Illustration work for Foxygen’s second album created some ripples! When I’m not doing the WSJ hedcut portraits that I’m most known for… I like getting into other worthy illustration assignments. A few years ago, I got involved with a … Continue reading

Illustrated Stories of Recovery

For this post, I am letting freelance writer Constance Ray tell illustrated stories of recovery, the stories of a few people who kicked the drug habit. Sadly, this issue has become ‘front and center’ on the national scene, with many … Continue reading

Some Springtime How-To Illustrations for Rodale

A while back, I created a series of springtime how-to illustrations for the Rodale Press Organic Life magazine. I thought it a good time to share these. It’s almost time to start thinking about getting back outside to the garden! Springtime … Continue reading

Honoring Colleagues with Employee Portraits

Employee portraits can boost company morale and prestige.   On my desk right now is a portrait drawing I’m working on for a Canadian company called Loyalty One. They have had a running campaign for several years in which valued … Continue reading

Some Outside Magazine Cooking Illustrations

A few years ago, I was hired to create a few spots for Outside magazine cooking illustrations. The article to be illustrated was all about outdoor cooking. Meat Illustration is Challenging The most challenging aspect of this assignment was the … Continue reading

Martha Stewart Illustrations | Christmas Pictures

Christmas in Pictures and Some Martha Stewart Illustrations A Holiday Card From the Sprouls to You My wife and me in a Holiday card, Rocking in the Season. Martha Stewart Illustrations from Christmas’s Past. I’ve done a lot of “How-to” … Continue reading

More Illustrations for Rodale Press

  Just a quick post with more spot illustrations for Rodale Press I did with Art Director Chris Gangi. These simple drawings were published in Rodale’s Organic Life magazine last January. Here is how the process played out: I received … Continue reading