Hedcuts are a style of drawing associated with The Wall Street Journal. The stipple and hatching methods of drawing are used to create a portrait similar to that of medieval woodcuts and currency engravings. Noli Novak, an illustrator for The Wall Street Journal with over 26 years of experience under his belt, is one of the few artists who have been keeping this style of drawing alive. He said that capturing the likeness of the subject is of utmost importance when making hedcuts. Most of the portraits he’s done are spot illustrations that are incorporated into newspaper articles. While he may not be able to pick his subjects he is given legal permission to use the photographs as reference material to base his portraits on.
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