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Heather Landis

Heather Landis - Vintage, collage illustrator. USA

Langley, WA, USA
Los Angeles-based illustrator Heather Landis combines old images, found textures and hand-drawn elements to create illustrations in her own unique style. It’s light, whimsical, nostalgic and surreal, conveying contemporary messages for her clients with the authentic feel of classic illustration.
Heather collects vintage children’s books, analysing the art and printing techniques used and what they say about the psychology of the people who made them, which feeds into her work. After studying Fine Art in Santa Monica, Heather went to the Art Center in Pasadena to major in Photography and Imaging. With a lifelong passion for collage, she attended illustration courses for fun and by her final year was taking commissions from clients.

Approach

Narrative is an important part of Heather’s approach, and she carefully plans her images, sourcing elements from her library of old books and magazines. Her process is half hand-drawn and half-digital, with physical sketches and vintage images brought together in Photoshop where old paper textures and print patterns are added.

Style

Playful and with a childlike sense of wonder, Heather’s work juxtaposes nostalgic ideals with modern sensibilities, softened by complementary colour palettes. Often there’s a sense of humour, or even a hint of the ominous, in her creations.

Client list

Heather has been commissioned by a range of clients including Budweiser, Applegate Farms, The Globe and Mail, ESPN, Heaven Hill Brands, O Magazine, Readers Digest, Black & Decker, Glamour and Seventeen.
Memories
Memories
Heather Landis paints a nostalgic image for Portland Monthly Magazine.
Memories
The True Meaning of Dry
The True Meaning of Dry
The Wall Street Journal commission Heather Landis for an artwork to support their feature on the confusion around dry wine.
The True Meaning of Dry
Before MeToo
Before MeToo
Heather Landis creates an illustration for the Oberlin College Alumni Winter issue on legal pioneer Robert Adler.
Before MeToo
The Popular Diet DASH
The Popular Diet DASH
Heather Landis's latest illustration highlights the mental benefits of the DASH Diet.
The Popular Diet DASH
Kindness Patrol
Kindness Patrol
Heather Landis illustrates for Globe Style Advisor magazine on a social issue.
Kindness Patrol
Road Trip
Road Trip
A road trip lifestyle is illustrated by Heather Landis for AdAge.
Road Trip
California Style
California Style
Racked ask Heather Landis for some lifestyle illustrations for a piece on The Myth & Magic of California Style.
California Style
Applegate
Applegate
Heather Landis works on an advertising campaign for Applegate Farms.
Applegate
Feeling Good
Feeling Good
O Magazine use Heather Landis' mixed media style for a seasonal spread.
Feeling Good
Soft Robots
Soft Robots
The Daily Telegraph commission Heather Landis for a future generation artwork.
Soft Robots
Pleasure Coaching
Pleasure Coaching
Heather Landis produces a vintage set of illustrations for Glamour Magazine, Germany.
Pleasure Coaching
Illustrator Profile - Heather Landis
Illustrator Profile - Heather Landis
Heather Landis' work evokes childlike wonder with a hint of the ominous.
Illustrator Profile - Heather Landis
Conflicts
Conflicts
Heather Landis illustrates a dossier for Germany's Brigitte Magazine.
Conflicts
Swift-Giving
Swift-Giving
Heather Landis creates a playful take on Taylor Swift's holiday plans for Seventeen Magazine.
Swift-Giving
Don't drop the Turkey
Don't drop the Turkey
Appearing in Freudin Magazine, Heather Landis illustrates 'how do you handle a dysfunctional family during the holidays?'
Don't drop the Turkey
Art Brewing
Art Brewing
Art Brewing
Living Doll
Living Doll
Living Doll
Specs for Kids
Specs for Kids
These circus themed spreads have been illustrated by Heather Landis for Specsaver Magazine.
Specs for Kids
A Classical Christmas
A Classical Christmas
A Classical Christmas