Heart and Hurricane — a Surgery and a Storm

All images, c. Kevin Sprouls Greetings to all my Readers! After an eventful Summer, during which this blog was dormant, I am returning to a weekly post, beginning with this entry. The Summer was mostly focussed on a family member … Continue reading

Food Illustrations for Texas Monthly Magazine

These food illustrations for Texas Monthly Magazine and the next few posts will center on my work in the magazine field. Having had my start at the Wall Street Journal, establishing their hallmark portrait style, it was only a matter … Continue reading

Personal Retirement Project

I just completed an engaging assignment: Illustrate your idea of Retirement. The client is Principal Financial Group. The finished illustration is now out in the social media universe, with the textual description: How do I imagine spending my days during … Continue reading

Beer Barrel Illustration

A little while ago, I found myself sketching quite a few images, trying to capture the ideal beer barrel illustration for my client. I was contacted by Jared Richardson, who was heading up a design shop called Fahrenheit 212º, in … Continue reading

Spot Illustrations | Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky

These spot illustrations are basically black-and-white ink drawings with a dash of color added. I like the simplicity and directness of these images. The simple, elegant form works very well for sophisticated brands. I once worked on an ad campaign for a New … Continue reading

Illustration of a Historical Nature

I thought it might be interesting to cover a bit of history with my illustrations. I created this image of Franklin Delano Roosevelt while working at The Wall Street Journal: Also created for the Journal, this illustration of the “Big … Continue reading

Food Illustration for Rodale Press

A few years ago, I was on assignment for Rodale Press. Runner’s World is a magazine they publish, and I was creating some food illustration spots for a feature on healthy foods for the running class. The project turned out … Continue reading

Louis Henry Sullivan, Stipple Portrait

While I was working away at The Wall Street Journal, producing many of those hedcut stipple portrait illustrations, I was also branching out into the wider freelance world. One day, I received a call from Murray Miller, at The Reader’s … Continue reading

Leaving the Journal, Going to Madison Avenue for a Watch

Ahh, the Romance!     … that was the title of a New York Times article describing the launch of an a major ad campaign by Concord Watch Makers. My illustrations were featured in the campaign. After the Black Book … Continue reading

WSJ Hedcuts, Kevin Sprouls ads, part 1

So, Let’s see where those pen and pencil illustrations went into service… Here, I’m presenting a double-page ad spread appearing in the Illustration and Photography directory, The Workbook. After leaving my post at the Wall Street Journal, I had to … Continue reading