Eric Petersen was born in Santa Monica, California. He started creating art in 2012 after a decade long career of writing code for the web sites of large corporations. He has a B.A. in Art from California State University, Northridge and has attended continuing education at Art Center College of Design, School of Visual Arts, and The Cooper Union. His style is influenced by instructional graphics, video games and the look of vintage comics of the 1940s. He draws uniform lines on a computer to strip away some of the human element and expressive quality seen in non-digital work. He is interested in the combination of a purely functional illustration style with an emotional scene. His subject matter typically consists of people and environments. He aims to create a sense of ambiguity and allow the viewer to imagine their own narrative. His work has been featured on sites including Juxtapoz, designboom and Computer Arts.