Meet the "WSJ Five", a crew of staff illustrators who cover all of paper's illustration needs. This group of artists hasn't changed in decades. Scan the Internet for information, you'll most likely get a wrong idea about who we are. Paired with the fact that we aren't credited in the paper (due to our staff positions), the confusion only grows bigger, so at the time when fake news and fakery in general is hard to avoid, it has become of utmost importance that we set the record straight and give credit where credit is due.
We are (in order of seniority):
Laura Levy http://www.lauraloulevy.com/illustrations.htm
Noli Novak http://www.hedcut.com/
Nancy Januzzi https://www.nancyjanuzzi.com/
Bill Hallinan https://www.behance.net/boodha
Bonnie Morrill http://bgmillustrations.com/
One more artist that must be mentioned, is our long time colleague Hai Knafo who retired 7 years ago. Although he still might do an occasional hedcut drawing, Hai spends most of his time curating the Museum of Nervous Energy, MoNE. https://www.museumofnervousenergy.com/
So, there you have it. Whatever else you might have heard, is simply false. There are no other illustrators drawing for the Journal and there are no automated applications making insta-hedcuts, not for the paper nor for outside clients.
As a group, we fought hard to keep this style of illustration present on Journal's pages to this day and in the process, it became not just "the look" of the Journal but an iconic style for the business world in general. Over the years, we had to find our way around many obstacles and challenges but we endured and even created a smooth transition into the digital realm.
It is also important to mention that contrary to another Internet rumor, the five of us have always been available for freelance work. We have been covering the needs of a variety of clients, especially the financial sector's, for many decades as well.
If you're in need of this kind of illustration, refer to the list above to make sure you're working with an authentic hedcut artist.
Curious about hedcuts? Here is an article from 2010 WSJ, touching on our daily routine and a little bit of history . Video on the bottom.
It is that time of the year again, Super Sunday! A day when the entire country is glued to the TV, eager to watch a bunch of puppies running after toys and each other, the Puppy Bowl!
For this occasion, here are just a few of my doggy drawings. I have done so many over the years, I lost count. Both for the Journal and many outside clients. I drew large dogs, small dogs, stuffed toy dogs, stray dogs, service dogs, royal dogs, presidential dogs ... even Snoop Dog!
-Folio Weekly article
-Meet the WSJ Hedcut Illustrators
-History of WSJ Hedcuts
-It's the Puppy Bowl!
-Hedcuts at The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
-Showcase at The Met
-Arts App & hedcuts
-Hedcuts at The Met
-Hello New Blog