Today, I'd like to post again something about how strongly my design work is shaped not only by art references but by all kinds of non-art things. Their colours, forms, textures, complexions etc. are essential parts of my initial design process. I get those inspirations or "inital sparks" from certain places on the internet, like from Jason Kottke's weblog or the Amunt log, two of my favorite sites I explore nearly every day. This very Motorbirds jet design here below is the fruit of one of those explorations and displays excellently how the inspirations determine the final design:
This is another "semi-clean-up" design of sorts, I just coloured the rough sketch. One can see still all the scratchy lines etc. BTW, this here was a kind of warm-up thing too, I'm again on this skicat character, so I was toying around with it a little.
Part two of my Ferrari series: This bird controlled land-to-air Ferrari jet-skull displays the essence of my design style pretty well, I guess. Like André Franquin meets Carl Barks meets George Lucas meets Jim Henson meets Jules Verne meets Red Bull.
BTW, the photo (see end of the post) is a snapshot of one of the test flights the Ferrari F17 made from here - across the Atlantic - to the Swiss-Miss studio in NYC. Nice view Tina and her studiomates have, no? (Photo via The Brander)
«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.»
"Florian Satzinger: a Carl Barks on steroids."
(Florian Satzinger: um Carl Barks com esteróides) via MARCAMARIA.COM
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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