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Illustration Faculty

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Jeff Harter

Title Assistant Professor | Chair of Illustration
Department Illustration
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Character Design + Development | Fundamentals of Illustration | Illustration: BFA Preparation | Intro to Animation | Layout Rendering Techniques

Degree BFA, University at Buffalo; MA, Syracuse University

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 for national clients, 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 the creator of the animated comedy “Packages from Planet X," which aired on Disney XD. He also created the comedy "Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat, Mouse, Cheese," another animated TV show concept that was in development with Cartoon Network and Disney XD and is currently in production with the CBBC. He currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Illustration Department, as well as contributes illustration to clients on a national level for a variety of markets including editorial, entertainment greeting cards, licensing, publishing and toys. Jeff is managed by Dannie Festa, producer of the Dreamworks feature animated film "Trolls."

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Suzanne McGinness

Title Assistant Professor
Department Illustration
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Concept Development I | Fundamentals of Illustration | Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects | Illustration: BFA Preparation | Illustration: Final Project: Illustration Portfolio | Principles of Illustration

Degree Cambridge School of Art, MA; Cleveland Institute of Art, BFA

Suzanne 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 through Anglia Ruskin University, England in 2009.

Suzanne is the author and illustrator of the picture book My Bear Griz, a White Raven Winner of 2012. She currently works as a children’s book illustrator and as faculty member for the Illustration Department, Pre-College Program, and adult Continuing Education programs at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is passionate about the growing field of Picture Book illustration and the multi-dispiliary approach of creating sequential art.

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Lincoln Adams

Title Lecturer
Department Illustration
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Acting + Directing | Concept Development I | Drawing for Animation | Narrative Production I | Storyboarding + Sequential Art

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1998

Lincoln Adams has worked for nearly 20 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: Hanazki, Barbie: Spy Squad, Max Steel, Slugterra, Monster High, Veggie Tales, Doc McStuffins, as well as Happos a series for Turner Broadcasting's Boomerang Channel. He recently finished up work on the upcoming feature animation release from Bron Animation, Henchmen.

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.

Client List:

Dreamworks Television Animation
Bron Animation
Netflix
Walt Disney Television Animation
Titmouse Studios
Turner Broadcasting
Lucasfilms
Acclaim Entertainment
Big Idea Entertainment
Nerdcorps Entertainment
Rainmaker Entertainment
Seven Folds Film Productions
Arnold Worldwide
Brown Bag Films
Spider Eye Animation
Zack Petroc Studios
Hurst Animation
American Greetings
General Motors

To learn more about Lincoln read his interview at Animation Insider!
http://www.animationinsider.com//?s=lincoln+adams
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8555511/

Bill Appledorn

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Illustration
Phone 216.421.7000

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Kelsey Cretcher

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Illustration
Phone 216.421.7000

Degree BFA Illustration

Kelsey Cretcher is a 2012 Illustration Graduate from the Cleveland Institute of art. She currently works as a freelance illustrator and sells original illustrations and merchandise, allowing her to focus on her own unique illustrations and growing following while also freelancing and bringing clients ideas to life Her specialty is in vector illustration and design. Her game illustrations are featured on BoardGameArena.com and Tabletopia.com.

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James Groman

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Illustration
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Character Design + Development | Illustration: BFA Preparation | Layout Rendering Techniques

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

After graduating with a BFA degree from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1986, James Groman was hired by American Greetings Entertainment and Toy Concept Division: ‘Those Characters from Cleveland’,where he worked on the development of brands like Care Bears, Popples, Madballs, Blurp Balls, My Pet Monster, and Ring Raiders. He also conceived and designed the toy line: Barnyard Commandoes for Playmates Toys.

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, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Star Wars, and various Marvel and DC comics characters for companies like Kenner/Hasbro, Cap Toys, Galoob, Ertl Collectables, Playing Mantis, and Polar Lights to name just a few.

James worked for 4 years at Hasbro Toys Playskool group on their GoBots/Transformers, Major Powers and Cool Crew brands. While being design lead on the Star Wars Jedi Force toys James had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco and work with the folks at Lucasfilm on the development and design of the line.

Back at American Greetings Properties, James worked on brands like Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Madballs as well as new ventures like Sushi Pack and Tinpo for CBS, Twisted Whiskers, Maryoku Yummy for The Hub Network, Packages from Planet X for Disney XD. He is the Art Director for the Care Bears Hub animated series, as well as the new, Netflix series: Care Bears; Meet the Cousins. He also created the villains for the series, Beastly and the Beasties.

James had the honor of traveling to New Zealand to work with Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop for a week on the film: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

When not teaching at CIA, James operates his own entertainment and toy design studio creating products for companies all over the planet. His partnership with the Japanese company Instinctoys on the King Korpse Vinyl Figure led to a Designer Toy Award for Toy of the Year in 2017.

James has most recently collaborated with DC Comics Collectables on a series of Batman figures and MGA Entertainment on Crate Creatures and Kingdom Builders toy lines.

Nancy Lick

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Illustration
Phone 216.421.7000

Christopher Ryniak

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Illustration
Phone 216.421.7000

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