WSJ Style Portraits of Presidents

all images, c. Kevin Sprouls So, it’s getting pretty heated out there politically. With the midterms having blessedly passed, I thought it might be fun to present some of my WSJ style portraits of presidents. I’ve created many of these, … Continue reading

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

Packaging Illustration

Last year, I was commissioned to create a packaging illustration for a product being introduced by the paper company, Georgia-Pacific. The client indicated he wanted something close to a drawing I had done years ago for the Wall Street Journal. … 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

Floral Illustration at The Wall Street Journal

I played hooky this weekend. I was supposed to be indoors creating those Wall Street Journal type illustrations, but, instead, found myself reclaiming garden spaces from the rapacious wisteria, hacking back the pre-emergent lilac, and pruning major dead-wood from our … 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

The Ad that launched my Freelance Career, post WSJ

By 1987, I had been working my day job at the Wall Street Journal for several years, producing hedcuts and lots of other illustrated imagery for the paper. Being young and eager, I was also “moonlighting” in an effort 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