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I just came back from a fun judging weekend at the Sehsuechte Festival in Babelsberg, Europe's largest international student film festival. I was part of a four-headed animated film jury. The four of us were legendary special effects supervisor, Oscar winner and Praxis Films Works president Robert Blalack ("Star Wars IV", "Robo Cop", "Wolfen", "Cat People", "The Blues Brothers" etc), animation director and animator Paul Driessen ("Yellow Submarine", "Three Misses"), Berlin based animator/character designer Karen Strempel and me. This here below is one of the judging forms we had to fill out for each film. My forms always look like this, drawing characters on them while - in this instance - discussing films. I blurred the notes and memos on it here because of a standstill agreement, the festival's winners will be announced later next week. By the by, I copied Harald Siepermann's technique, ball pen and coffee for the shading (by dipping my finger in cold black coffee, no sugar)...
And here are some ball pen sketches from the back of the sheet:
I wasn't recording any sketch process for a while, was I? Anyways, here's a new clip now, 'hope you like it. Well, it's a little short but I was quite fast with it, I kept everything as rough as possible.
«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