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

Illustration-Animals

I was rummaging through the stacks recently, and my eyes fell upon a couple of sketches I did a few years ago. In Art School, a professor once told us never to throw your sketches away, so I keep the … Continue reading

R.I.P. Peter O’Toole

Well, it is sad to reflect on the passing of a great figure. O’Toole was a giant of an actor with a long line of accomplishments. Back when I was at the Wall Street Journal, I was looking for a subject … Continue reading