Welcome to wesbernick.com. I’m Wes, and this is six words I live by.
Knowledge - I have 15 years of Advertising and Entertainment experience. I’ve seen it all. I’ve done it all. I have all the answers you seek. The answer to life is 42.
Heart - I love my family, and I love my job!
Time - I’m always on time. Edit. I’m actually always early.
Tools - I’m up-to-date on the latest software, tools, and techniques.
Travel - I’ll dust off the ol’ passport, and travel across the globe for any job, big or small.
Restore - Giving back is one of the most important things in life. I choose to spend my off hours giving back to my community.
Here’s a quick peek at the evolution of a logo animation. It’s extremely important to storyboard/sketch out every design, and animation before starting your project. You’ll will save copious amounts of time and heartache.
You’re process should go something like this: initial brainstorm, sketch to storyboard, animatic, then final animation.
GK Final Animation
I love this show. In fact, you should go to geniuskitchen.com right now and watch Carnivorous. It’s more important than looking at my website. LOL. I was chomping at the bit to create the logo opener for Season 2. It was so much fun. I can’t wait to work on Season 3.
The Dream Job
The Dream Job was and eight part animated series for CareerBuilder. In this series we follow Frank Flamingo as he uses CareerBuilder.com to search for his dream job.
Make sure you stick through the credits to see behind-the-scenes art and storyboards.
Dream Job: Episode 01
Dream Job: Episode 2
This was one of several career highlights. Not only did I get to script, art direct, and animate this spot for McDonald’s, it was also the first MCD commercial from the agency to sell nationally. It was a big win for my career.
I love a spot with great images and simple clean graphics. It was a great time working with the DP in NY. Love the way the spot came together.
This was my first project with HGTV. Working with HGTV is a dream come true. In fact, that’s pretty much the only channel we watched until we had Emma. Now it’s Bubble Guppies and Minions.
This was more a proof-of-concept than a finished piece. I hacked it together of two restless nights. It was a fun exercise. I think the concept is pretty sound, but I’d love to go in and really animate it. What you see here is a very limited animation.
This was my first big 3d project at an advertising agency. I learned a lot about rendering. LOL.
Full disclosure: projects like this will make you more money than your dream project. In my experience, the fun creative jobs for large clients pay less than the explainer videos from medical and tech companies.
I was asked by a the Civic Theatre in Evansville, IN to create some posters for the new season. It was fun, but like all projects, there was a super tight deadline.
Tossed in some other posters too.
50 Robots in 50 Days
One day I woke up and decided to draw 50 robots in 50 days. This is the outcome. I don’t think I made it to 50, but I know I was close. On a serious note, I’d suggest anyone interested in art or design do a challenge like this. You’ll learn a lot about your style, time management and speed.
Disclaimer: I edited out the robots illustrations I didn’t like. Only the best of the best are posted here.
Comic Book Art
I love everything about comic books. Yes, I’m that guy. Super nerd. I originally thought I’d be a comic artist. That is, until I found out how hard it is to make a living at it. I have huge respect for artists that can succeed in a business that’s against them.
Here’s a quick glimpse of my animation career. Enjoy!
Live Action Reel
Here’s my live action reel. I started out as a cinematographer and quickly became a designer/animator. It has much lower overhead and larger profit margins. I’m a slave to the dollar. :)
I did not shoot everything on this reel, though I wish I did. These are shots I’ve color corrected, composited, shot, edited or directed.