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The PAPERWALKER Journal is a nearly daily updated weblog of 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. ©2014 World rights reserved. | 18,821,514 views | 16,501 subscribers



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Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Monkey King, Transformed


I was invited by dear colleague and good pal Su Haitao to participate in the book project 72 Transformations: Concept Designs for the Monkey King, doing my very own interpretation of the popular Chinese character. I thought it would be nice to share a work-in-progress piece here on the blog.


My idea, however, was to put the character not in a typical Monkey King action or combat scene but something more "behind the scenes". The hero inserts his famous flying cloud (with the assistance of a - for me typically - Steampunk insert-apparatus) right inside a kind of a giant lindworm or wingless dragon in order to make the monster be able to fly and to apply it as a chic sky-roadster with a nice Steampunk-ish cockpit attachment.


The complete process and the final artwork will be shown exclusively in the book.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rough Process; C.C. Cooper

Update on the fly (Fri, Aug 27, 2010): Recently, I discovered the wonderful work of the smashingly talented Taylor Krahenbuhl: Just wow!

Images © by Taylor Krahenbuhl
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Here's is a little update (Tue, Aug 24, 2010): Charley Parker did a lovely post about one of my favorite impressionist painters: Colin Campell Cooper. I'm fascinated by his street scenes and skyscrapers of New York and Philadelphia.

Images: Wikimedia 1 2
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This is another rough "beak an' ride" concept piece which I did sometime earlier this year in parallel with that motor-suit piece.


The inspiration came, partly, from here:


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Thursday, August 19, 2010

B(eak)-Shirt©

I'm just testing how my beaks look on a Tee... I'll show the actual sujet in one of my next posts. These here are only older beaks out of my archive.

©satzhard.com/©zazzle.com

Hot link tip update: Is Arthur de Pins smashing talented or what? Check out his beautiful website! (via DRAWN!)

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Artificial Beak

Apropos inspiration (see also the previous post): I was truly fascinated by this eagle's "beak job". This greatly inspired my way of designing beaks with character, as you can see here from the samples below.

Eagle photos via WebEcoist (Photos © by their respective owners)

Oh, by the by, if you're in the New York City area I encourage you to stop in The Village Petstore And Charcoal Grill, 7th Avenue South. Here's one of my favorite pets from there (besides the hot dogs, of course):

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

What A Beauty!

The 1950 Batmobile. I don't know how much those kind of designs inspire and influence my work.


Update: The same goes for the 1969 and 1964 Matra M640. This car is so smashing "Jetsons". BTW, this baby runs over 210 mph or 340 km/h:

Photos © by their respective owners: 1 2 3

Finally, here's another love of mine, the Automodule car:

Photo source: Community Livejournal

And last but not least the queen of the past's future:

Photo source: Community Livejournal
BTW, you'll go crazy if you continue here...

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Duck Raffle: Win This Original Rough Sketch!

Update: The Duck Raffle ends on Monday, August 9th 2010, 22:00h (MET) and I'll announce the winner right here on Monday.


Final Update: The winner is Tom Galvin from Dublin, Ireland! Many, many thanks to all of you for the lovely feedback. Every single comment here made me smile bigger and bigger. CHEERS!

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First off, I'm willing to own up that I'm addicted to ducks and mad motor rides with legs and beaks. Sorry BTW for posting just rough pieces at the moment and no finished things and sorry for the lack of replies to comments and e-mails - I'm a little underequipped here. In fact, I'm posting from a netbook and time is running way too fast here in NYC.


Second off (I stole this idea BTW from Jake Parker), I will send the original rough sketch here together with a signed copy of my book "Birds And Pencils" to a randomly selected blog visitor from this posting's comment section. The only thing you have to do is to tell me who you are and what you do or how you found my blog. I'm just curious who comes around here. Thank you in advance!


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