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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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pineu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy cow, your art is amazing *o*
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for that.

And a shout out to all of the cows out there, holy and otherwise. I owe it all to them. Moo! 
SpringDog619 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha! Your Gallery's a gr8 read! Very Inspiring work you have!  Hope you don't mind if I put you on the watch list Sir... ( usually I'd say feel free to do the same but in your case I'm pretty shure wez be in different leagues. lol! ) Looking forward to viewing more of your future work!
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Ha! Thank you. Yes, please put me on your watch list...I must say you're the first person who ever implied that I would somehow find that offensive. You crack me up. 

And I'll put you on my watch too. Because life is silly and you seem like you wouldn't find this putting you on my watch list :D
SpringDog619 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha! You like that!? That's my STICK! lol! I confuse Em with kindness then, BAM!!!, Bludgeon them with that same stick! Ha! Feel free to use it! ;) Thanks for adding me as well. I'll try not to "offend" you by viewing your work. Ha!  I'll be taking a trip through your gallery this weekend via the internet but before I do I have to stop off at my local sleazy movie sites to do some last min. Shopping for me and the Misses. ;)  Looking forward to viewing more of your future work!

( P.S. Yep! On paper and in real life this is how I come across! I can't help it. It's how I roll! lol! ) 

( P.S.s. It also drives my Wife CRAZY! )
Animedian Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your gallery is just awesome! I'm sorry for my very simplistic comments but ''adorable'' sometimes feels enough to captivate my emotions on an art piece. But I love it! :happybounce: 
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for that. I take no offense at "adorable". And I'm really glad you like my little gallery. 
Unmoored Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work. Your style is striking and quirky =D I love the way you do the line thickness and the cute creatures ^^ 
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for that. 

I'm just copying, borrowing and stealing from the stuff I love, and giving it my own little twist.

And having fun. Always. 

Unmoored Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem at all!

Is that not whats a style is? :lol: haha I understand, I do the same. Gotta keep improving and trying new things =D you've got yours to a great refined level~

I used to have a lot of fun with it as a young kid. It's more complicated now. Better not end on a dull note! :XD: quick do a dance :icondummydanceplz:
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