My name is Hallie Heald, and I am freelance illustrator living and working in New York City.
In 2014, I graduated from Westmont College with a degree in studio art. My senior of college I started a year long commitment: to paint one (12x12") portrait a day. As a result, I arrived to New York with stacks of paintings, a tested, and dedicated work ethic, and a drive to become a full time artist.
Previously, I interned for NY designer: Nanette Lepore, was an assistant designer and stylist for Freedom of Animals (faux leather handbags), an assistant visual display artist at Anthropologie (AL & CA), a face painter for birthday parties, events, and the local zoo in Santa Barbara, and working as an assistant stylist on photoshoots for various brands some of which include: Bloomingdales, Theory, Helmut Lang, Macy's, and Victoria's Secret.
In August 2017, I transitioned into full-time portrait painting and book illustration. My first book illustration job, included the cover artwork and 24 detailed portraits of historical and living women for, The Women Who Made New York. The book is guide to the many revolutionary women who made New York into the cultural epicenter it is today. The book was reviewed by the NY Times, Village Voice, NY Mag, The Cut, and Elle Magazine, and was featured in several online publications. In addition, the author, Julie Scelfo, and I spoke and signed books around the city at places such as Google, The NY Public Library, The Strand (Times Square), NYU Bookstore, and several local bookstores in NY.
Recently, I drew two commissioned portraits of the legendary Tony Bennett for his production company, painted a series of shoes for Zappos classic sneaker collection: "The Ones," and have continued painting portraits of children and pets and various other people, houses, and objects.
Finally, I wrote and illustrated a book about introverts entitled, 41 Reasons I’m Staying In, published by William Morrow on January 29, 2019.
Featured in: NY Times Book Review, Village Voice, Publisher Weekly, Elle Magazine, NY Mag IG, The Cut, Zappos, Brain Pickings, Town and Country IG, Literary Hub, FabFitFun's coloring book, Darling Magazine, Broad City Instagram, Vogue India, Galore Magazine,
The NY Public Library's Display featuring my artwork