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

More Color Illustrations for Drury University

Continuing in the series of my work for this Springfield, Missouri institution, these are the most recent color illustrations. The Art Director for Drury Magazine is Don Amaye. Following the usual pattern, I supply the client with black and white … Continue reading

Illustrations for a Mystery Series

I recently visited the island of Aruba with my wife, to celebrate our anniversary. While there, I was able to fit in a good book,”The Ruby in the Smoke”, by young readers author Philip Pullman. Several years ago, I was … 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

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

Holidays in Art

 all images, Kevin Sprouls Here we are again, at the beginning of the Holiday Season. Despite the onset of Winter, and the fact that we’re at the beginning of the two darkest months (tough on us “SAD” sufferers!), the celebrations and … Continue reading

Illustrations: The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures

Some time ago, I was approached by Quirk Publishing to draw illustrations for a book project: “The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures“. The proposal was for me to do 80 very small spot illustrations in the style of old encyclopedia art. … Continue reading