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

Cover Illustration

Cover illustration is a special kind of art. ‘It’s a perfect reading excursion, its pages inhabited by cyber-stalkers, bereft lovers, dying crows, webless spiders, disillusioned radicals, illicit cadavers, and people treading the uncertain pathways of life, love and loss, negotiating … Continue reading

Spot Illustrations for Texas Monthly

My work appears in the form of some spot illustrations for this month’s issue of Texas Monthly. As I’ve mentioned previously, magazine work appeals to me for the publicity it signifies — I like my illustrations to be seen. These … Continue reading

The Art of Demotivation – Final Chapter

Last in this series of that wicked parody, “The Art of Demotivation”. These are pretty far afield from my usual task of turning out those Wall Street Journal style hedcut portraits for which I’m known. Here are more of my … Continue reading

WSJ Hedcut Portrait Illustrations

Over the past few years, I have had the pleasure of creating WSJ hedcut portrait illustrations on a larger scale for a Canadian Design firm called Squareknot. The campaign consists of a series of hedcut style portraits, created by yours … Continue reading

Book Illustrations for Rodale Press

A while back, I got an assignment to create some book illustrations for a book on natural agricultural practices that Rodale press was putting together. The designer, Chris Gangi, is a prominent art director with whom I had worked previously at Garden … Continue reading

Black and White Illustration

Black and white illustration has a real versatility that can’t be matched by other forms of illustration and a black and white stipple illustration conveys an elegant quality the can surpass even black and white photography in some cases. A … Continue reading

Frank Lloyd Wright, Dot Portrait

People sometimes refer to a stipple drawing of a subject’s visage as a dot portrait. To me, it’s all pointillism — think Georges Seurat, who painted the wildly successful “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte“. This is … Continue reading

Floral Illustration at The Wall Street Journal

I played hooky this weekend. I was supposed to be indoors creating those Wall Street Journal type illustrations, but, instead, found myself reclaiming garden spaces from the rapacious wisteria, hacking back the pre-emergent lilac, and pruning major dead-wood from our … Continue reading

Illustration-Animals

I was rummaging through the stacks recently, and my eyes fell upon a couple of sketches I did a few years ago. In Art School, a professor once told us never to throw your sketches away, so I keep the … Continue reading