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.

Waiting for Summer — Shell Illustrations and Shore Memories

Shell illustrations are on my mind today. It’s still chilly in my North Carolina studio on this April 10th. But, I’m looking forward to the coming Season at the Jersey Shore! It is only several weeks away, and I’ll be … Continue reading

Illustrations for Wall Street — Bears and Bulls

Illustrations for Wall Street feel apropos just now, don’t you think? The bears and bulls are active and battling it out. The stock market has been very jumpy lately. I’m not a betting man, so I have very little exposure … Continue reading

More Spring Illustrations to Celebrate the Season

Things are a bit quiet here at the studio this week. People are taking time off for the Holidays again. So, I took some time to unearth a few of my Spring illustrations to celebrate the season with you… I … Continue reading

Illustrations for Spring

Finally, It’s Spring! In honor of the newborn season, I present a handful of illustrations for spring; drawings to celebrate the Vernal Equinox… Out like a lamb, perhaps, but March has been a very turbulent month, with Nor’Easters, tornadoes, snow, … Continue reading

Illustrations in Honor of Saint Patrick’s Day

I have spent a considerable amount of time in Ireland over the years. It’s a truly charming place with lots of spirited people. This post features a few illustrations in honor of Saint Patrick’s day, that were Irish-inspired. Of course, there … Continue reading

Creating Historical Portraits for a Distiller’s Website

This week’s art[icle] is about how I found myself creating another round of historical portraits for a distiller’s website. A few weeks ago on this blog, I shared some WSJ hedcut style images that I had made for Buffalo Trace, the whiskey … Continue reading

Architectural & Character Illustrations for National Geographic

In this post, I’ll share with you an assignment I worked on providing illustrations for National Geographic. It was an interesting project that combined architectural and animal character illustration. I had fun with it. An Architectural Illustration for National Geographic The … Continue reading

Product Illustrations for Shoe-Town

When I left my steady job at the WSJ and started freelancing full-time, I did a few product illustrations for Shoe-Town, a chain of stores mainly selling shoes. Drawing for the field of product illustration demands a lot of attention … Continue reading

Historical Portraits in the WSJ Hedcut Style

  Right now, I’m working on some historical portraits in the WSJ Hedcut Style for a design firm called Cornett. www.teamcornett.com  I’m drawing this group of four portraits for a distillery company called Buffalo Trace. Perhaps you’ve heard of them. I’m … Continue reading