Apropos apes, here are some drop-dead beautiful production pieces from the 1960s. I'm so much in love with those utopistic designs from the past, especially the ones from the 1960s and early 1970s. They leave so much space for own interpretations, ideas and inventions. I guess, one can see this specific influences they have on my work in this process clip which I posted on Vimeo not so long ago. For more "apes-art", just click here.
Isn't it a beautifully rendered piece? My good friend and ex-teaching colleague Willie Real, after a couple of years at Blue Sky he's with Google now, did today's brilliant Gregor Mendel tribute. I instantly recognised Willie's style:
Here's the link (click on the picture below) to the Google doodles logo library where you can browse through all the Google logos:
BTW, sorry for the lack of posts here involving my personal work, I had two quite stupid mountain bike accidents in short succession and I'm still recovering from hand and forearm bruises.
Even though, or just because of that, this looks and sounds quite strange from today's perspective, I wanted to share this "James Bond-ish" or rather "cold-war-ish" or just "war-ish" Johnny Seven vintage toy commercial that I stumbled upon again recently. Which by the way inspired the gun design of this older big-game hunter character sketch I did a couple of years ago.
Not forgetting Topper Toys' Secret Sam, Mattel's Agent Zero M (Zero M is the young Kurt Russel, right?) and American Toys' Dick Tracy Raygun Target Game:
«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.»
DUCK - The Mag For The Birds Presents: Florian Satzinger's BIRDS AND PENCILS
"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