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

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

Time Illustrations | Sleepless in Standard Time

Time is on my mind right now and so I present time illustrations for your consideration this week. I don’t appreciate this Fall Back/Spring Forward thing. A universal aspiration among the people I know is to remain in Daylight Savings … Continue reading

Color Spots for Conde Nast Traveler

A few years ago, I was hired for a project to provide several color spots for Conde Nast Traveler magazine. It was a short assignment, but quick, easy and fun to do. The topic was Airport Domestic Lounges, the pros and cons. … Continue reading

Haunting Illustration – Have a Frightful Halloween

‘Tis the time of year to share tales of fright and, in my line of work, the occasional haunting illustration to drive the point… home, as it were. Enjoy these illustrations of the horrific and enjoy your Halloween. A few … Continue reading

Stipple Portrait Illustrations | Musicians

This time, I am profiling some notable musicians that I have illustrated in WSJ style stipple portraits. I am a pretty heavy-duty music fan, so creating these portraits was a labor of love. Back in the nineties, I was commissioned most … Continue reading

Engraved Image – Show Me The Money

This time, more on the art of currency. My work is all about detail. And, in the illustration field, there’s nothing more detailed than the engraved image. I create a lot of the Wall Street Journal hedcut portraits, for which I’m known, … Continue reading