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The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger in which he shares bits and pieces of his character design work, processes, visual development, inspirations and reference materials of current, past and future projects, such as 'Toby Skybuckle©' for France and Japan based Ankama Group LLC and 'John Starduck©' for France and US based Tigobo Animation Studios. ©2016 by Florian Satzinger. World rights reserved. | 28,903,458 views | 32,073 subscribers

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Monday, November 28, 2016


First bit ... it won't be long until the ducks are ready to get down to business, finally.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy CTNX weekend, everyone!

And this is where you can find me: 1) Friday Nov 18: 01:00-01:45 PM Live Demonstration: Florian Satzinger 2) Saturday Nov 19: 03:00-03:45 PM Conversation with creators: Florian Satzinger 3) Saturday Nov 19: 06:30-07:15 PM "A character design conversation" with Bobby Chiu, Boris Bakliza, Florian Satzinger, Francesca Natale and Daniel Arriaga. For the complete event schedule CLICK HERE ...

Monday, November 07, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Marc Davis' pencil

Quite recently, Federico Fiecconi invited me to doodle with Marc Davis' (MARC DAVIS!) own original mechanical pencil! The outcome was this odd little piece of sketch that doesn't have any purpose other than to smash some really fast lines on the paper and see what happens. Anyways, back at my desk, I started refining and preparing the level for detailing a little, just for the fun of it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Animation art from the Masters

If you happen to be in Bergamo, here a recommendation: There is currently a wonderful exhibition "dalla carta ai cartoni" curated by our amazing friend Federico Fiecconi. The exhibition - located in the breathtaking Monastero di Astino - comprises original drawings by Mark Davis, Winsor McCay, Chuck Jones, Bruno Bozzetto, David Silverman, Otto Messmer, Genndy Tartakovsky, Walt Kelly, ... from Snow White, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Fantasia, Donald Duck, La Linea, ... Impressive, you'll see.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Jim Henson Teaches Us How To Make A Muppet In 1969

Jim Henson and Muppeteers show kids how to make puppets from simple things like socks. This video aired on Public Television in 1969, prior to Sesame Street, on Iowa Public Television's "Volume See" kids' show. www.iptv.org

(Thanks, Laura)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Friday, September 09, 2016

Upright format

I'm not sure if it's only me but, sometimes, I enjoy to rotate the screen in order to work in portrait format, it has a kind of a scaffold feel to it. This BTW really works lovely with tall characters and all sorts of upright format things.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Bozzetto Non Troppo - Official Trailer

"A legend, like my father" (Diane Disney Miller)

Monday, September 05, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Layout/Colour reference, Maurice Noble (c) Warner Bros. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 29, 2016


Book trailer for 'Nelbert the Introvert' by Shiyoon Kim, available at www.shiyoonkim.com
Trailer Pencil Test:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mort Drucker

The National Cartoonists Society has released a 40-minute video profiling legendary cartoonist and illustrator Mort Drucker.


Good night, everyone ...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Before the guys arrived

Thursday, August 04, 2016

A mouse

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Mouse, off-model

"The Hijacked Icon" Here is the hijacked piece in its full looney glory: ... and this is the original piece by John Hench: Original artwork (c) Disney. All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Disney's Aristocats: rare production photo

Ink and paint department, ca. 1969.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Litterbug (1961)

Love the art direction on this.
(c) Disney. All rights reserved.

Update: Here are two Donald Duck model sheets from that period (images via Tom Simpson):