Searching… “WSJ stipple portrait.”

On the quest to make my services more accessible, I routinely ask persons making contact just how they came to find me. In other words, which search words were googled? There are many and varied responses, predictably enough. It’s interesting to gather up the feedback and take a look into another’s logic. Here are the assembled search words I’ve collected, illustrated (of course!). I will include the names of public figures, but if a few “private” individuals find their way into the parade, I will not name names. A forewarning— they are not all heroes who appear on this otherwise (I hope) worthy posting:

l. to r., Saddam Hussein (in livelier days), Fauvist painter Vasily Kandinsky, Actor George Clooney, F.D.R. wall street journal photo illustration … stippling art ……. wsj hedcut  ……………..

Progenitor Prescott Bush, Bernie Sanders, Hardhat Worker, George Soros wall street journal headcut ….. wall street journal portrait …  wall street journal photos … wsj pointillism … wsj line art 

John Lee Hooker, Mies van der Rohe, George Schultz, Chief Justice Rehnquist … wsj engravings … hedcut

… WSJ Illustrations … wall street journal style portrait … stipple portraits … Wall Street Journal +artist +portrait …

Infamous dictator Idi Amin, G.K. Chesterton, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Pope John Paul II 

wall street journal illustration … WSJ artwork … Hedcut Pen and Ink Drawings … Stipple Portraits …

Stipple Dot and Hedcut Drawing … Wall Street Journal Style drawings … wall street journal portrait

Mario Cuomo, Yasser Arafat, P.W. Botha, Lowell Weicker, Jr.

wall street journal sketch artist … WSJ illustrations … WSJ stipple portrait.

and finally, ……… WSJ pictures.

An idea: If you have suggestions as to how you would google if you were looking for one of these dot drawings, why not add them here in a comment. I would be glad to hear from you, and you might advance me on my quest!

18 thoughts on “Searching… “WSJ stipple portrait.”

  1. Hi! I am creating a Squidoo page about you, and wonder if you would mind giving me permission to use one of your photos or artworks. The page will promote you and your art, and I’ve already added a nice feed to your blog posts and any Twitter entries that are about you. I think you will find it valuable, and I want to make sure I make you look good! 🙂 Darla

  2. Hi Kevin, many thanks for the link! As for keywords, try these: B&W artwork, retro ink art, bluechip portraiture, corporate mugshot, CEO head and shoulders image, celebrity linework…
    I realise some of these might not sound too glamorous but might be the kind of search terms people could use. It looks like you’re getting there with the examples you’ve posted.

  3. I wanted to find out your name. I googled wall street journal dot drawings.

    By the way, why no women’s portraits in your roster? Is there a Kevin Sprouls “glass ceiling?” Just askin’.

  4. Sorry about that, Maggie. I do keep an eye toward getting more women into my mix of portraits, but the fact is, I’m called upon to illustrate a lot more men. I’ll be working to rectify the situation going forward. No offense, and Thanks for the feedback— It helps!

  5. i found your blog by searching for wsj and stipple and sprouls. nn comes up a lot instead, good thing i could remember your last name.

    i like your blog, very informative classy and interesting for an aspiring illustrator. any advice for a college freshman on what to concentrate on in school to have a chance to draw for a living some day like u do?

  6. Props to you for remembering my name! and Thanks for the encouraging words, Denise. I do try to make myself easy to find on the web, with varying success. If you are heading towards an illustration career, I would recommend an emphasis on Graphic Design courses. At the same time, play to your strength. Determine what is your most successful area of work, and develop that particular style or approach. I wish you a very successful career.

  7. The movie The Informant should do more for your art and those looking for you. Matt Damon calls out the art as Stipple Portrait and with that I quickly found you. Good luck.

  8. Hi Kevin, I used this search term: “how can I get a wall street journal sketch of myself”
    and saw your blog. You can see why I was looking for you, I just didn’t know if there was some way these get done…I’m a fan of your work and thought it would be neat to have one done, without being in the news! Thanks for your work!

  9. For me, the WSJ sketches are Hedcuts. However, to find this blog, which did take a bit of digging (and has some great information I did not find anywhere else, especially the other artists that worked on them with you) I found your blog by tracking the artists that were known as having made the Hedcuts for the WSJ.

  10. Hey great work. So impressive. Ive been learnin to stipple on my own for the past 6 months and ur work is why I wish I learned how to do people or animals. hopefully in the future once ive progressed with my art. I have some stuff if u would like to see thats has people so interested in my work. Its some scenery I imagined almost like a childrens book style illustrations. Never been taught formally other than what I learned in art class from 1st to 12th grade. Im hopin to expand my potential. Wellhope to here from u.

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