Sherm Cohen is a cartoonist, writer and storyboard artist. He got his start in animation at Nickelodeon on The Ren and Stimpy Show as a character layout artist, followed by a three-year stint on Hey Arnold as storyboard artist and director.
In early 1998, Sherm Cohen was invited by SpongeBob's creator Steve Hillenburg to be part of the original SpongeBob SquarePants crew. Sherm spent the first season on the show as a writer, storyboard artist and director, then moved up to Storyboard Supervisor for the next three seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants. Sherm was also Character Designer and Lead Storyboard Artist on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Sherm has also storyboarded at Cartoon Network Studios and just completed two seasons of writing and drawing storyboards for Phineas and Ferb at Walt Disney Studios. Sherm is currently working as
Storyboard Supervisor on "Fish Hooks," where he also appears on-screen every episode as Bud the pet-shop owner.
Sherm has created a number of instructional videos on cartooning, storyboarding and digital art techniques. "Storyboard Secrets
," his instructional 10-DVD course on storyboarding, has been used to teach storyboarding worldwide, including at The School of Visual Arts. Sherm's newest book on how to draw cartoons, "Cartooning: Character Design" has been used in the curriculum at CalArts: California Institute of the Arts.
In 2011 Sherm received an Emmy nomination for his work as director on Disney's Kick Buttowski.