About Kevin

Kevin Sprouls, Creator of the Wall Street Journal stipple hedcut portrait style. Sprouls introduced the hallmark portrait style to the Wall Street Journal in 1979. Between 1979 and 1987, Kevin worked on staff for the paper, creating illustrations and training artists in the style. He currently is the main illustrator for Worth magazine. His pen is housed in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Illustrations for Harvest-time

All images, c. Kevin Sprouls It’s that time of year again,so I present Illustrations of Harvest-time. Let’s begin with a symbol of abundance, the Cornucopia: I created this image for a Brooks Brothers print ad celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday. I … Continue reading

Illustrating the Horse

all images, c. Kevin Sprouls This week, I share with you my efforts at Illustrating the Horse. I’ll be moving soon to Tryon, NC. It’s a location renowned for its Equestrian Center and many equine events and active horse enthusiasts. … Continue reading

Color Portraits at WSJ

Illustrations, c. Kevin Sprouls While in my position as Senior Illustrator at the WSJ, I decided to branch out and create some Portraits in Color. This was a foray into a more complete palette, utilizing the same pen-and-ink technique we … Continue reading

Stipple Hedcut Portraits for Tepper

I have a steady gig right now, creating Stipple Hedcut Portraits for Tepper magazine. Tepper is the business school of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I do the WSJ-style business portraits for the regular feature called “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained”. … Continue reading

Architecture, New Yorker Art, Lettering, Mr. Balvenie Illustrations

all images, c. Kevin Sprouls This time, a gallery of my work covering Architecture, New Yorker Art, Lettering and Mr. Balvenie Illustrations. It is a varied group of images, and all are new to this blog. So, I hope you’ll … Continue reading

An interview with WSJ

I recently did an interview with the WSJ Digital Media team. They were eager to learn how I developed the iconic Wall Street Journal Hedcut style. I’m including a few illustrations I created while on staff at The Journal: This … Continue reading

Classic WSJ Hedcut Illustrations

all images, c. Kevin Sprouls As I rifled through my tattered portfolio case today, looking for an envelope that would make it to Saudi Arabia, I came upon a suitable candidate. It had a cache of Classic WSJ Hedcut Illustrations … Continue reading