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.

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

Illustrating Shakespeare | A Portrait of the Bard

Illustrating Shakespeare is something no serious artist would take lightly. Such a man demands that you employ all of your skill to capture him properly. Illustrating Shakespeare | An Early Hedcut Portrait of the Bard Way back, when I was … Continue reading

Architectural Illustration and a Holiday Interior Illustration

Architectural illustration often presents me with unique and enjoyable challenges. Architectural Illustration – Home Insurance Company of New York Building Years ago, I was commissioned to create an illustration for an insurance company’s Holiday Greeting card. The Home Insurance Company … Continue reading

Liquor Illustrations – The Art of Illustrating Spirits

Staying with the topic of Spirits from my previous post, I would like to share some more liquor Illustrations with you. Seagram’s Crown Royal Liquor Illustration I also was called on to do an illustration for Seagram’s well-known whiskey, Crown Royal. This … Continue reading