Sep 09, 2011
After some time, styles of illustration featured in newspapers around the world become classic. One of these styles is the Hedcut, which can be found, for example, in the Wall Street Journal. It definitely has that newspaper look all over it.
Hedcut is a term referring to a style of portraiture most often associated with The Wall Street Journal. These iconic drawings use a variation of the traditional stipple method of many small dots of varied sizes in conjunction with minimal line. They are designed to emulate the look of woodcuts from old-style newspapers and engravings on certificates and currency. The phonetic spelling of "hed" comes from newspapers use of that term for "headline".
The man behind these super-detailed hedcuts is Randy Glass, an American illustrator, based in California. He's been doing hedcuts for over a decade now, so no wonder he got so good at this. Here's a little something about him:
Randy began creating hedcuts for the WSJ on a freelance basis in 1998, and his celebrity renderings have appeared "above the fold" on the front page of the Journal's most widely read section, "The Weekend Journal" since 2000. These portraits have accompanied Joe Morgenstern's weekly "Film Review" column which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2005.
Randy's Wall Street Journal hedcuts have caught the attention of the entertainment industry through a number of notable gallery exhibits, and many of the original pen & ink drawings are privately owned by his celebrity subjects.
For more of Randy's work, you must visit his portfolio at Behance. I guarantee it will be worth it, since there's more of his work there (which is all stunning btw). I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)