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Jeff Harter

Assistant Professor

School of Art
College of Art and Design

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Jeff Harter

Assistant Professor

School of Art
College of Art and Design

Bio

Jeff Harter earned a BFA in Illustration from SUNY Buffalo as well as an MA in Illustration from Syracuse University.

As an animation assistant at the Disney Animation Studio in Burbank California, Jeff contributed to the feature films Hercules, Mulan and Tarzan. He later joined Disney Consumer Products, where he was the Supervising Character Artist for the Winnie the Pooh team.

Jeff left southern California to work at American Greetings in their licensing, alternative humor and entertainment departments. While at AG, he helped develop the visual brand language and illustration styles of several greeting card lines. Jeff also created concepts for the animated sci-fi comedy “Packages from Planet X," which aired on Disney XD in 2013, as well as the the animated comedy "Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat, Mouse, Cheese," originally for a development deal with Cartoon Network, currently on air at CBBC and Gulli networks.

Jeff is presently a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, he contributes as a freelance illustrator for a variety of markets, including children’s books, editorial, entertainment, greeting cards, and licensing. Jeff completed his first four books in 2020 and 2021 for Egmont/Harper Collins UK, Random House Children’s Books and Harper Collins US. Jeff is represented by Anne Moore Armstrong of The Bright Agency US, and Dannie Festa of World Builders Entertainment.

Currently Teaching

ILLS-206
3 Credits
This course will provide students with instruction and assignments to practice and apply compositional picture plane dynamics using representational subject matter. Students will explore the principles of composition through the use of formal visual elements such as line, shape, value and color to achieve effective two-dimensional compositions.
ILLS-213
3 Credits
Illustration I is the primary core course for illustration majors in their sophomore year. The students approach major elements of technique, application, and theory in relation to becoming professional illustrators. Studio sessions involve basic problem solving, anatomy, pictorial composition, media applications, figurative expression, use of reference tools, and illustrative techniques. Class structure allows demonstrations of processes and experimentation for assignment development. Group and individual critiques will be used to evaluate work.
ILLS-369
3 Credits
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the creative potential presented through the imaginative combination of both traditional and digital media. Students will be expected to utilize and combine skills learned in traditional and digital illustration courses to provide exciting and fresh illustrations unrestricted by a singular medium.
ILLS-371
3 Credits
Students will research visual standards that are employed to develop game and entertainment worlds. Each student is required to select a fictional world, which is then dissected, analyzed in its constituent parts, and reassembled, with emphasis on how elements interrelate to create a coherent whole. The wide range of possible subjects provides unlimited opportunities for exploration and development of individual styles and expressions. Students produce research materials, sketches and models of the chosen environment.
ILLS-501
3 Credits
Illustration Portfolio is a culminating course for the Illustration major. Its purpose is to provide students with information, strategies, and guided instruction to market themselves and organize and create their final portfolio. Writing will be a substantial component of this course. Writing conventions will be covered in the lecture portion of the course. The course will include marketing and business practices for the professional illustrator. Students will receive individual critique and analysis of work created in prior studio classes and progress to the definition of a career agenda. Projects will be customized for each student’s body of work and their career intentions. Presentation methods and business protocol will also be addressed.
ILLS-550
3 Credits
This course will focus on the investigation of, and practice in, a selected topic in illustration. Subject offerings will vary by sub-field specializations in the illustration field. A subtopic course description will be published each term course is offered and may have limited repeatability. The course, however can be repeated.
ILLS-599
1 - 6 Credits
Illustration Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Illustration Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.

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