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.

One More Book Illustration Project – With Hedcuts!

I have to confess that I love a good book illustration project. I almost forgot this one… but ran across this little gem the other day while reaching for my favorite beach read… Another tongue-in-cheek publication from Quirk Books, from … Continue reading

Illustrations for Publishing

Creating illustrations for publishing stretches the creative reflexes. Illustrations for Publishing | Literature I’ve worked on many book projects over the years. A couple of days ago, I received a package from Australia. It was a copy of a new literary … Continue reading

Recreating Masterworks | Masterwork Illustration

There have been a few cases where my clients request a masterwork illustration from the master artists of the past. I love taking these on because it’s a challenge, and it gives me the opportunity to study their techniques and … Continue reading

Sports Illustration | Illustrating the Sports World

Here are some highlights of my sports illustration collection. I’ve been asked to create graphic illustrations of sports figures many times, so this is a very small sampling of this work. Baseball Sports Illustration “Play Ball!” Yes, it’s Baseball Season … Continue reading

Eclectic Logo Designs | Logo Creation Part 3

In this last of the logo creation series post, I’ll conclude with some eclectic logo designs I’ve produced over the years. Street Lamppost Illustration Logo I created this lamp-post illustration as a brand identity logo for my hometown, Rutherford, NJ. … Continue reading

Creating Logos, Part 1 | Graphic Logos for Companies and Brands

When I’m not busy creating WSJ stipple hedcut portraits for people, I take on a lot of other interesting assignments. These include creating logos for companies and brands. Creating logos for my own business. To get started, though, I’ll share … Continue reading

Fashionable Illustration for an Upscale San Francisco Brand

Fashionable illustration is a glove-like fit for my signature illustration style. I always enjoy the opportunity to work with upscale source material. A few years ago, I was commissioned to create a series of celebrity portraits for my client, Ami Arad, … Continue reading

Forging Ahead as a Freelance Illustrator

How I set out to become a freelance illustrator. When I quit my day job as Head Illustrator at The Wall Street Journal, I was anxious to continue my artistic efforts on my own terms. Although I originated the iconic … Continue reading