Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Illustration
Degree BFA, University at Buffalo
Jeff Harter pursued his BFA in Illustration at the University at Buffalo, where he studied under distinguished visiting artist and professor Alan E. Cober. After initially working as a freelance conceptual and editorial Illustrator, Jeff attended California Institute of the Arts program in character animation. He joined the Walt Disney Animation Studio in Burbank, California as an assistant animator to contribute to the feature films Hercules, Mulan and Tarzan. He later became a supervising character artist for the Winnie the Pooh characters at Disney Consumer Products while earning his M.A. in illustration at Syracuse University.
Jeff was a senior illustrator for American Greetings' alternative humor department, where he was the 2012 Chairman's Award Grand Winner in the category of Creativity and Innovation. He is also the creator of the animated comedies “Packages from Planet X," (Disney XD,) and "Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat, Mouse, Cheese," another animated TV show concept in development with Disney XD. He currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Illustration Department.
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1998
Lincoln Adams has worked for over 17 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist and designer. His projects have included magazines, television shows, character design, book covers, and greeting cards and was selected to the 47th Annual Society of Illustrators West Show in Los Angeles.
Recently, he finished work on the popular animated shows: Barbie: Spy Squad, Max Steel, Slugterra, Monster High, Veggie Tales and Doc McStuffins. He is also currently working with Disney sculptor and CIA alumnus Zack Petroc on a sculpted novel, and has completed his fourth picture book.
Lincoln moves fluidly back and forth between traditional, tactile mediums and digital mediums to execute ideas— often times incorporating both within a piece. A firm believer that the traditional informs the digital, he continues training and experimenting in both. Lincoln's primary tactile mediums include oils, wax crayon and colored pencil, and monoprints. His digital expertise includes the use of the Cintiq via Photoshop and InDesign, and Storyboard Pro.
However, even with all of the various approaches to technique and execution, one thing stands out as the most vital component in Lincoln's work— Story. And it is what is what he espouses in all of the courses he teaches as the chief ingredient toward success in the entertainment art world.
Dreamworks Television Animation
Walt Disney Television Animation
Big Idea Entertainment
Seven Folds Film Productions
Brown Bag Films
Spider Eye Animation
Zack Petroc Studios
To learn more about Lincoln read his interview at Animation Insider!
Courses Illustration for Publication | Illustration II | Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects | Illustration: BFA Thesis and Exhibition | Illustration: Final Project: Illustration Portfolio | Storyboarding + Sequential Art | Visual Concepts in Illustration
Degree Art Students League of New York
John's love of art began at his high school in Midland Pennsylvania. By the age of seventeen he had already won many local awards and produced commissioned work for the Crucible Steel Company. John accepted a scholarship from the Art Students League in New York City. His career began at Pitt Studios in Cleveland and then he was recruited by Maby Trousdell in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved back to Cleveland in 1972 to freelance in advertising, packaging, illustration and graphic art while teaching illustration at Kent State University. John's numerous awards include Art Directors Club, The Cleveland Society of Communicating Arts, Erie Advertising Club and the Advertising Club of New York. Recently John was the featured speaker at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center where he was honored for his career in applied arts. John has been a professor of illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art for over 30 years. He feels a profound responsibility to pass on a high standard of art education to all his students.expand collapse
Title Adjunct Faculty
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art
After graduating with a BFA degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, James Groman was hired by American Greetings: 'Those Characters from Cleveland'(TCFC), where he worked on the development of brands like Care Bears, Popples, Madballs, Barnyard Commandos, My Pet Monster, and Ring Raiders.
After TCFC, James established his own freelance studio providing design, sculpting and prototyping on products based on Star Wars, Harry Potter, Stretch Armstrong, Godzilla, Universal Monsters, G.I. Joe, Jonny Quest, and various Marvel and DC comics characters for companies, such as, Kenner/Hasbro, Cap Toys, Galoob, Ertl Collectables, Playing Mantis, and Polar Lights. Before coming back to American Greetings in 2005, James worked for 4 years at Hasbro Toys Playskool group on their Star Wars, Go Bots/Transformers, Major Powers and Cool Crew brands. Now back at American Greetings Properties, James works on brands like Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Madballs, as well as new ventures, such as: Sushi Pack and Tinpo for CBS; Twisted Whiskers, Maryoku Yummy for The Hub Network; Packages from Planet X for Disney XD; and the awesome and exciting: Beast Battalion!
Most recently James travelled to New Zealand to work with Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop on the film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. James is also the Art Director on the new Care Bears CG animated TV series on the Hub Network.expand collapse
Title Adjunct Faculty
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art
NYC transplant and CIA Alum (95’ BFA), David is an Award-Winning Celebrity Brand and Product Development Director, Product Inventor, Patent Holder, and Creative Visionary with over 15 years experience in Consumer Product and Brand Development. His focus has been on building teams for large consumer product companies and has disciplines in Brand Development, Packaging, Character Design and Product Development. His client list includes the likes of Dylan Lauren, Hasbro and Disney Parks & Resorts but he works with clients all over the world.expand collapse
Courses Concept Development I | Fundamentals of Illustration | Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects | Illustration: BFA Preparation | Illustration: BFA Thesis and Exhibition | Illustration: Final Project: Illustration Portfolio | Principles of Illustration
Degree Cambridge School of Art, MA; Cleveland Institute of Art, BFA
Suzie McGinness completed her BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007. She received a Master of Arts in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, England in 2009. McGinness is the author and illustrator of the children’s book My Bear Griz, a White Raven Winner of 2012. McGinness currently works as a children’s book illustrator and as an adjunct faculty member for the Illustration Department at CIA.expand collapse
Title Adjunct Faculty
James Mravec is an award winning illustrator who has worked locally for American Greetings doing greeting card illustrations and animations. He has also created editorial art for the Plain Dealer. Nationally, he worked with Creative Expressions producing artwork for the paper decor industry as well as Imperial Wallcoverings creating best selling images for wall paper borders. He has also written and digitally illustrated a series of how to draw books for Publications International, LLC.
During his art career, James has also worked on developing interactive media for clients. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has several kiosks that were art directed by him. The visual design of these kiosks and the programming were all integral parts of the projects. He has also developed animations and interactive sites for Toyota, Weyerhauser and other national clients.
He has been teaching illustration, animation and design courses for fourteen years at several Universities including CIA, Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University.
You can view his illustration portfolio online at www.mravec.com.expand collapse
Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Graphic Design
Courses Community Projects | Contemporary Marketing + Art Direction | Graphic Design: Advanced Studio | Graphic Design: Advanced Studio | Graphic Design: BFA Thesis | Professional Standards in Illustration
Larry O’Neal is a graphic designer/illustrator with a unique professional history that allows him to provide his students with a unique look at the graphic design field. Prior to joining the faculty at CIA 4 years ago, Larry spent the majority of his career working in regional ad agencies such as Carr-Liggett (now Liggett-Stashower), Wyse Advertising and Stern Advertising. At Stern (a former subsidiary of TBWA Worldwide Inc.), he served 14 years as Executive Vice President / Executive Creative Director. In addition to supervising a creative staff of 24, he served on the Executive Committee and headed the New Business Task Force. In addition to teaching at CIA, he operates a graphic design firm in Chagrin Falls, OH.
Illustration students in Adjunct Professor Bradley Ricca's Graphic Narratives class wowed the crowd at the fifth annual Genghis Con Comics and Arts Festival.
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