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.

Illustrated Maps

all images, c. Kevin Sprouls In my long career, I’ve often enjoyed creating illustrated maps for various clients. Map-making is cool because it incorporates graphical information with pictorial represention and typography. I rather like hand-lettering, so cartography is a perfect … Continue reading

Illustrated Christmas Greetings

All images, c. Kevin Sprouls It’s that time of year again, for my Illustrated Christmas Greetings to you, Dear Readers. Needless to say, it’s been a rough year. I’m hoping that the Holiday will brighten spirits around the world this … Continue reading

Illustrations for Christmas

all images, c. Kevin Sprouls This post, I’m focussed on the Holiday Season, and Illustrations for Christmas in particular. In my beloved town of Tryon, NC this evening, they put on the annual Christmas Parade (despite the Covid-19 threat). I … Continue reading

Illustrations of Creatures, Real and Imagined

all images, c. Kevin Sprouls I’ve always loved the animal kingdom, so it’s natural that I enjoy drawing creatures, real and imagined. In this post, I’m focussed on a few illustrations that I consider successful. I hope you’ll agree… I … Continue reading

Boston Skyline Illustrations for a Law Firm

All images, c. Kevin Sprouls I created two architectural illustrations for a Boston law firm a while back. The assignment was to create two versions of the Boston skyline, one current, and one a hundred years before. The drawings were … Continue reading

Portraits for Whiskey Maker Buffalo Trace

all images, c. Kevin Sprouls Several years ago, I was hired by the whiskey maker Buffalo Trace www.buffalotracedistillery.com/legendary-people/blanton.html to create portraits of their founders. It was fun to take historical photos and translate them into the graphic, hedcut style that I … Continue reading

A New Logo in Currency Design

  all images,  c. Kevin Sprouls   A couple of months ago, I was called on to create a new logo in currency design style. I’ve done a lot of currency design illustrations over the years. It’s highly-detailed and exacting … Continue reading

A Large Advertising Project – MinuteMaid

all images, c. Kevin Sprouls Several years ago, I got an assignment to create a large illustration for MinuteMaid, the orange juice company. The agency, in Chicago, needed a supermarket display to promote the company’s product. The Art Director was … Continue reading