WSJ Images, Beyond the Hedcut, Part 2

More WSJ images, beyond the Hedcut that I produced while at the Wall Street Journal. Like I said, aside from the straight portrait, or “hedcut”, the paper ran a lot of illustrated common interest stories. Here is a collection of … Continue reading

WSJ Images, Beyond the Hedcut, Part 1

I have a pretty good collection of stuff that I produced while at the Wall Street Journal. Aside from the straight portrait, or “hedcut” WSJ images, the paper ran a lot of illustrated common interest stories featuring various characters. What … 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

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

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

A Memorial Portrait

Last week, I delivered a portrait of one dearly-departed. The loved one’s nephew wrote to me to ask for his aunt’s portrait, as he remembered her in early years. I was told of her vibrant early life and subsequent battles … Continue reading

Literary Art

My latest effort was in undertaking something a bit different. A friend and previous client contacted me recently to see if I would design a bookplate for him. You know, those decorative affixed labels you’ll sometimes find on the inside … Continue reading

Grgich – Creating a Wine Label

A while ago, I was approached by the folks at Grgich Vineyards. They wanted to honor a master vintner, Mike Grgich, by putting his image on one of their premium Reserve offerings. They provided this image of Mr. Grgich:   … Continue reading