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.

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

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