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I rarely have the time or ability to make an actual written-with-words entry on my blog. Most of the time I just post the same drawings that I post here on DA. 

But two days ago, I learned that the Mickey Mouse Short that I've been working on has been pulled from production. This unfortunate turn of events knocked me out of my normal mind-space while simultaneously clearing my schedule (because, what am I going to do if I go into work on Friday? Sit there and look at my desk? The project is OVER). 

So rather than sit around sulking, I began to write. Or, to be more accurate, "while" I was sitting around sulking, I also began to write. 

And then I posted it to my blog. Which is something I almost never do. 


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Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
04 - 26 - 2014

Since my last Deviant ID update (four years ago!) the beloved Disney TV show "Phineas and Ferb" has stopped production and I've recently moved on to a brand new Disney TV show with the working title of "Rapscallions". By the time it actually shows up on TV (more than a year from now), it will have a new title…but we don't know what that is yet. It's fun though, and a bunch of my most favorite P&F co-workers have migrated over to this new show with me. So it already feels like home.

Between these shows I was briefly at Titmouse Studios in Hollywood, working on a show called "Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja". It was back to my small studio roots! A creaky old building, lots of beautiful young fresh-out-of-art-school artists, small budgets, close quarters, funny smells, etc. It was fun to be the "old guy" who had funny animation stories to tell, and an eager audience of new-to-the-business artists to tell them to. But when Disney called, I shook hands and said my goodbyes. Because, let's face it, nothing beats the fit and finish (and paychecks!) (and perks!) of a big studio like Disney.


Oh right, some people might be reading this for the first time.

I work in the television animation business. I'm a storyboard artist in Los Angeles.

"Oh. What's that like?"

I was once interviewed through a series of emails, and I was asked: "What's a typical day like for you with regards to your job?"

I answered:


Think of the story.

Think of the funny.

Draw it.

Draw it well.

Draw it fast.


That's my job. And, in what I'm about to say I'm glossing over the really hard work it took to get myself into my current station, and the extraordinary amount of effort it takes to remain employed (by drawing and re-drawing a thousand little pictures every six weeks), but really, it's a ton of fun. And if you want improve or maintain your skills of storytelling and drawing, there's really nothing else quite like it.

If you can handle the workload, breaking a story and bringing it to life is one of life's greatest joys.

You go to bed at night with a sore hand. But there's a smile on your face, and a deep feeling of satisfaction.


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OcioProduction Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh.... such a personal and unique style!!!!!! compliments!!
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Thank you. I hope it shows through...all the fun that I'm having! 
OcioProduction Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea, for sure ! It's so evident :)  the best way to do art!!!!  :la:
Atomic-Scout Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
So many terrific things since my last visit. Always such a pleasure - thank you!
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for that. I still love cranking out the art...even after three years. 
Sigzors Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
I love your style! Amazing artwork, hope to see lots more.
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I try to get new stuff up every weekday. ..."try" :)
HARLEMGLOBEHUMPERS Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Ur works crazy awesome! crazy amazing! Love it! Hope to one day be skilled like you!
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for that!

It took me a few decades of adult life to get where I am. Almost all of those days were spent drawing for eight hours in big animation studios, where I had tough bosses who constantly humbled me with their talent and speed and their insisting that I make my deadlines or get the hell out. Those are tough places, but boy oh boy, do they force you to get better. Even if you don't want to! 
PeppermintSoda Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You have such an imaginative mind! I never realized that there was someone who worked for Phineas and Ferb to have a DeviantArt account! :la:
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