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.
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