all images, c. Kevin Sprouls
Because it’s Summertime, this post is a lighthearted issue of past illustrations, never-before posted. This collection of my illustrations is mostly from the early days of my career.
A friend of mine and I used to make and record music together. We called our project “Hiss/Hum Studio”. I created the above illustration for some Tee-shirts we had printed. It’s a play on the old RCA Victor branding image, “His Master’s Voice”. You can see the discoloration in the type area. That’s aging rubber cement bleeding through the paper!
I created another graphic illustration that I had printed on a tee-shirt. I had these shirts made for some of my pals who were big fans (as I am) of an obscure offshoot of Jethro Tull, the band called Blodwyn Pig:
The black & white format was ideal for screen-printing on cotton tee’s. It’s a graphic translation of the album cover from their first release. I would later see dressed up pig’s heads like this in the shop windows of Irish butchers. Very cheeky!
Staying with the musical theme, I created the next illustration for The New Yorker magazine. I worked somewhat steadily for the magazine in the early 1990’s…
The artist Sylvain Sylvain, a colorful rocker who was playing New York at the time. I used to draw for the ‘Goings On About Town’ or GOAT section. It was all black & white during this era. The pay was paultry, but it was The New Yorker! How could I say no?
The final image for this post is an early self-portrait…
I confess, the wing elements were by another illustrator from over a century ago. Can you name the illustrator? I can’t! The medusa-like hair is somewhat creepy. This portrait was probably vintage 1980 or so. You can see the WSJ hedcut style emerging here.
I hope you enjoyed this brief tour through some early works. More soon…