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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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Just-To-Look1 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:
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Well, back when I was working on P&F I did try to do more than just go to work all of the time. 
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your styles!
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you.
Atomic-Scout Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
I just realized that I likes your stuffs so much that I had to start a separate favorites folder. Thanks so much for sharing your super workz.  :) (Smile)
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh! Fantastic. 

It's my pleasure. You're more than welcome. 
Jackskeleton1987 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2014  Professional Artist
You have a beautiful gallery ... would be honored if you WATCH my gallery ... =) =)
BerniePetterson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Verve91 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello Bernie, just wanted to say you have some fantastic work.
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