Hedcut = a newsroom abbreviation for "headline cut": a hand drawn, uniquely stylized pen and ink illustration, used only by the staff illustrators at The Wall Street Journal. Authentic WSJ stipples are never digitally generated.
I am a senior staff illustrator at the WSJ, one of only 5 illustrators creating authentic hedcut portraits.
HEDCUTS IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES
An exciting new way of using hedcuts inside The Wall Street Journal print edition and wsj.com All columnists, regular contributors and bloggers get their hedcut done. We unofficially call these "mini hedcuts".