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May I introduce Mr. Phileas Forger, he is a sort of composite kind of character, literally meaning his mechanic body parts, and, in a transferred sense, meaning his temper, but most of all he is a fabulous blacksmith and a pretty important supporting figure in Toby Skybuckle I. He lost nose, chin and right hand while he was making dinner in his furnace, and not in that sanguinary battle with the barbarous steam-ogres, as some may believe.
From the projects that I enjoy working on the most, this one goes on second place, only beaten by my fave project Toby Skybuckle. (The piece from above is a sort of early title design, roughly speaking.)
Another sheet out of my "inspired by" sketch book. (It's not hard to see that Jake Parker'sMissile Mouse wielded influence on the design. Well, to be more accurate, I did this rat-character once before, but without that mech 'n' missile equipment and that retro-future-suit. Back then, I named the character Makepeace Thackertail aka The Rat in the Coat.)
La Befana is a character in the italian folklore, similar to Heiliger Nikolaus or Santa Claus. La Befana visits the children in italy (where I am on holidays, at the present) on the night of 6th January to fill their shoes and socks with goodies. (The image above is a rough concept piece out of a pile of pre-design sheets, I did for Toby Skybuckle I)
I just found this rough design on the harddrive of my notebook. I did this for one of the marketing departments of the gamehouse Ubisoft, somewhere along the line in 2005. There were plans to come up with a new game-rating character to promote kids-friendly games. I just know it was never made and that the cooperating magazine or agency involved would have prefered it in a more "manga-rish style".
«Florian Satzinger has a drawing style with a snap and verve that harken back to the best of classic Disney and mid 20th Century Warner Brothers animation.
The lines with which he delineates his characters zing, bounce and swoop so delightfully that they suggest lively motion even before they’re animated.
Satzinger credits Southworth as his major influence, and his work in the style of great classic hand-drawn animation shows his continuation of that tradition.»
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"A superb book filled with some of the best character and vehicle design around the wit involved is fabulous. This book is especially for those of you who loved the Ducktales and Darkwing Duck cartoons of the late Eighties and early Nineties." Amazon UK
Florian Satzinger is one of the members of The Art Center, a place where artists from Disney, Dreamworks, Lucasfilm, Fox Animation, etc. share ideas, tips and tutorials. The Art Center is a sister site of the popular Character Design weblog.
In May 2009, Florian Satzinger gave workshops within the scope of The Genio Fiorentino 2009, on the occation of the Nemoland event/conferment of the Nemoland Special Award in the
Aula Magna at the Instituto Statale d' Arte of Florence, Italy. Former Nemoland workshop hosts/award recipients were animation
directors and animators such as Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Alex Orrelle (Pixar) and J.P. Vine (Aardman Studios).
Besides that, there was an exhibition of Florian Satzinger's original artwork at the Gipsoteca of the Instituto Statale d'
In Loving Memory
Ken Southworth (September 22, 1918 - December 6, 2007) worked for a number of major animation studios, including Walt Disney Studios, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, Warner Bros., MGM, Walter Lantz and Clokey Productions. His credits includes Disney's Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as well as Hanna-Barbera's Tom & Jerry and The Flintstones and Walter Lantz' Woody Woodpecker.
JANUARY 10-14, 2011 Willie Real and Florian Satzinger will team up to host a character design programme at VIA University College's Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. ANIMATIONWORKSHOP.DK
MARCH 4, 2011, 20:00h Maryam Laura Moazedi and Florian Satzinger will give presentations about stereotypes in character design and visual design for computer games at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER