Title Assistant Professor | Chair of Illustration
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, 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. 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.
Title Assistant Professor
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.expand collapse
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.
Dreamworks Television Animation
Walt Disney Television Animation
Big Idea Entertainment
Seven Folds Film Productions
Brown Bag Films
Spider Eye Animation
Zack Petroc Studios
Title Adjunct Faculty
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.expand collapse
Title Adjunct Faculty
David Schwartz is a professional storyteller, having mastered the craft since he could speak a word or hold a pencil. Once he figured out what to do with words and pencils AND get paid, his destiny was set.
Though having established careers in comic books and magazine illustration, and as a radio/TV broadcaster, Dave moved to LA in 1987 and began his career in animation. He started out as a storyboard artist at Disney, Warner Brothers and Klasky-Csupo working on such projects as the Disney Afternoon shows, Tiny Toons, Taz-mania, Pinky and the Brain, The Simpsons and Rugrats. At Disney, Dave moved into writing and directing episodes for Bonkers and The Little Mermaid and became Art Director for Disney TV Development, designing characters for the series, Gargoyles, and creating the animated series, The Mighty Ducks. Dave went on to directing shows at Sony, D.I.C., Film Roman and Dreamworks and storyboarding/writing episodes for Johnny Bravo at Cartoon Network.
As a freelancer, Dave has storyboarded on The X-men, Batman: Brave and the Bold, Robot Chicken and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, among hundreds of others.
As an educator, Dave has taught in the animation departments of Santa Monica College, Woodbury University and CSUN- Northridge, all in Los Angeles, California. He currently teaches Storyboards for Animation and Illustration, Concept Design and figure drawing courses at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
He continues to do concept design and storyboards for film and TV projects, post editorial cartoons on the internet and is a member of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society and the National Cartoonists Society.expand collapse