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The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of award-winning 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. ©2017 by Florian Satzinger. World rights reserved. | 32,734,319 views | 40,063 subscribers



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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Looney Snow Beasts

For the design of these very snow bears (mascots for an Austrian pure natural snow ski resort) I used for colour reference (like brown tones of the cabins, blue tones of the snow etc.) an old tourism poster from 1937 by Erich von Wunschheim. The colours work so well with these looney beasts.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Future Of The Past: Braniff Airlines Commercial (1968)

Another 'future of the past' gem, Braniff Airlines and what they anticipated for 1975, priceless! Via/more clips and images see Diversity Is Beautiful

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Apropos, here's a lovely illustrated Braniff Airline magazine ad from the 1950s: (via Duke University)
And here are some of Jeff Vorzimmer's stellarly restored posters of the original Braniff Airlines sujets from the 1960s:

Friday, August 23, 2013

Drawing Tools II

Often, I enjoy to start a sketch with a regular ballpoint pen and follow up in Photoshop. I like how this adds a kind of telephone doodle touch to it.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Drawing Tools

For ages, I swear by sharpen my pencils with a knife, it makes the pencil lines so extra.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Final Day!

Go Cedric!

Another John Starduck Vehicle Reference: The Ford Mexico High Performance Sports Car Scale Model

Pure design beauty from the 1950s by industrial designer Alex Tremulis (who was BTW also the designer of the legendary Ford Seattle-ite XXI concept car). I already can feel the duck inside.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Warm-Up Sketch: Walt Kelly Inspired

Walt Kelly Reference via

Walt Kelly Reference via

Sunday, August 18, 2013

One Million Dollar Photo

Carlo Vinci at Hanna-Barbera studios, working on 'The Flintstones', ca. 1960. (via Google images/LIFE and Animation Resources)

Behind The Scenes: Today, With The Muppets

Check out a huge collection of pretty rare behind the scenes photos, right from the 1970s, at Retronaut. (via/thanks to Laura)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cartoon Particles by Markus Hofko

"markus hofko is a german designer who goes by the pseudonym ‘the rainbowmonkey’. his work spans multiple disciplines but focuses on graphics and photography. in his latest project, hofko has created a series of images that dissect the faces of well-known cartoon characters into their various particles. as he states, ‘while everyone seems to be on the search for the god-particle, I looked for the basic elements of the classic comic characters.’ the result is a strange and abstract look at some of the world’s most recognizable faces." designboom

John Starduck Rocket Ship: Main Reference/Inspiration

The Douglas X3 Stiletto was a 1950s United States experimental jet aircraft. (via Google images/LIFE)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Duck In The Rice Cooker...

Monday, August 12, 2013

John Gannam

Reading comics... (via Leif Peng)

Paper, Pencil, Mouse

I think I posted this very piece already here, but anyways, 'thought it would make a nice pencilly start to this week.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Weekend

This made me really laugh. Loud. (via Ufunk)

Superman One-Piece Leisure Super-Suit

Smashing! (via swissmiss)

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Futurism of the 1960s: Women In Space

Hilarious sexist Lestoil ad from the past's tomorrow, via Diversity is beautiful. This is a great space helmet btw, it reminds me strongly of Andre Courreges', Paco Rabanne's and Pierre Cardin's space age fashion designs in the 1960s.



Apropos women and space, recently, I stumbled across the beautiful original poster art of Fritz Lang's Die Frau im Mond/Woman In The Moon (1929), enjoy:

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The Daily Beast

An Indian parrot hatchling is fed by hand. (via)

Photo: AFP PHOTOSTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

Which in turn fed my inspiration:

Warm-up sketch: Satzinger