Jeff Turley is a Production Designer at Paramount Pictures, currently based in Los Angeles, California. He has worked as a visual development artist on feature films Big Hero 6 and Tangled, as well as Art director on the Oscar award-winning short, Paperman.
Turley studied at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Interestingly, he actually dropped out in his second term but continued to attend lessons. Turley worked extremely hard to catch the attention of his tutor, Scot Drake. Drake was working at Walt Disney Imagineering at the time. Impressed by Turley, Drake helped him get an internship at Imagineering. You can hear all about it in this interview with Bobby Chiu for Schoolism.
While at Disney, Turley work on The Princess and the Frog (2009), Prep & Landing (2009), Tangled (2010), Paperman (2012), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Feast (2014) and Big Hero 6 (2014). Now a Production Designer at Paramount Animation Studios, Turley still finds time to work on side projects, such as his upcoming illustrated book about camping, called Camp.
He and his wife, Kit, work together under the Illustratus banner. Recently Illustratus officially launched the GHOST kickstarter campaign. GHOST is a collection of 13 original poems and tales written by Blaise Hemingway and Jesse Reffsin and illustrated by Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley. As it stands, they have 21 days to go and they have already smashed passed their initial goal of $10,000. It is a wonderful project, that promises “to excite and terrify a new generation of readers.”