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

Some Outside Magazine Cooking Illustrations

A few years ago, I was hired to create a few spots for Outside magazine cooking illustrations. The article to be illustrated was all about outdoor cooking. Meat Illustration is Challenging The most challenging aspect of this assignment was the … Continue reading

Martha Stewart Illustrations | Christmas Pictures

Christmas in Pictures and Some Martha Stewart Illustrations A Holiday Card From the Sprouls to You My wife and me in a Holiday card, Rocking in the Season. Martha Stewart Illustrations from Christmas’s Past. I’ve done a lot of “How-to” … Continue reading

More Illustrations for Rodale Press

  Just a quick post with more spot illustrations for Rodale Press I did with Art Director Chris Gangi. These simple drawings were published in Rodale’s Organic Life magazine last January. Here is how the process played out: I received … Continue reading

A Few Illustrations for Rodale Press

The Art Director Chris Gangi and I go way back. He first assigned illustration work to me back in the Nineties when he was at Garden Design magazine. More recently, Chris was A/D at Rodale Press. I created these spot … Continue reading

Fashion Illustrations and Sketches for Esquire

Over the years, I’ve worked on fashion illustrations for several issues of Esquire Magazine. I enjoy doing magazine work, as I always find a broad audience of interested and new viewers. Fashion Sketches To begin, here are a few fashion sketches I … Continue reading

Illustrations Taking Flight | Art takes to the air

This is the time of year for Airshows and for illustrations taking flight. A couple of weeks ago, it was Atlantic City. The New York Airshow wrapped up yesterday. My blog post today is dedicated to the art of taking … Continue reading

Sketch Collection: Conceptual, Metaphorical, & How To Illustration

Another dip into the large sketch collection from various illustration projects, in the Kevin Sprouls Sketch Folder. Because my teacher told me to save them!   This time, I’ve got samplings which fall into three categories: Conceptual Illustration, How-to, and Metaphorical … Continue reading

Random Sketches from Kevin Sprouls Illustration

By way of light summer fare, I present various random sketches from projects over the years. When I was in art school, one of my professors (probably William “Woody” Woods) told us never to throw away preliminary sketches. Great advice, … Continue reading

Memorial Day in Illustrations

Looking to Memorial Day in Illustrations, I am celebrating and observing two sides of the American holiday, Memorial Day; Summer and Service. Occurring always on a Monday, we naturally experience the resulting phenomenon known as Memorial Day Weekend, the ‘official’ … Continue reading