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More PIXEL Conference "family album" awesomeness, VFX Academy Award winner (first/original Star Wars film) Robert Blalack posing for souvenir photos (surrounded by the cheerful Pixel cameramen), right after the interview he was giving me fanboy extraordinaire; plus a snapshot from his talk at the main hall of the Academy of Sciences and a TV screen grab from the 50th Academy Awards ceremony, back in 1978. Thanks Robert, you're cool as hell!
Yesterday, I got sent the Photoshop files of Eric Goldberg's and my "art clash". One can easily see what a true master Eric Goldberg is, while I started with a lot of scribbling (monster), he nearly inked his piece (fox) right away. The topic was BTW "catch me if you can", take a look:
Here are a few snapshots of our battleground at the PIXEL conference. Sorry for the photos' blurry quality, those were just quick shots taken with my phone, only seconds after the battle's end.
I just dropped back home from Pixel Con in Vienna. It was so smashingly great, none more so than the art battle with Eric Goldberg. I can't even begin to tell you how much fun this all was. Mario Ucci - mind blowing, Robert Blalack - staggering. I'll upload some pics soonish...
Earlier this month, I posted about Barbie-like beauty standards etc. Yesterday, I came across this here, which makes a nice follow up, doesn't it:
«Meet “normal” Barbie: She’s not impossibly tall and skinny, but instead created in the proportions of the average 19-year-old American woman. Artist Nickolay Lamm created a 3-D rendering of a "normal" Barbie (pictured at right) next to a standard Barbie by using the CDC's measurements for an average 19-year-old American woman.» (via/full article: Today)
Alfred Jodocus Kwak, some rough warm-up test sketching.
Kwak is such a well designed character, thought up by Dutch singer/writer Hermann van Veen, this very duck was designed and one-of-a-kind visually-deployed by a German dream team of animation artists, the late Harald Siepermann, one of the foremost character designers on this very planet and Hans Bacher, one of the most profiled art directors in the animation business.
A beautiful, extremly rare behind-the-scenes photograph from the original Dagobah set (StarWars - The Empire Strikes Back). One can easily spot (from left to right) Frank Oz with the Yoda puppet, the movie's director Irvin Kirschner and George Lucas.
Another rare piece I'd like to share is this hilarious photo right below, showing the Nixon family in a sort of Jetsons setting, accompanied by Walt Disney. Who the man in the monorail's cockpit is, that is, unfortunately, beyond my knowledge.
And because Halloween is almost here, a further rare photograph, showing the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, with his own head in his hands, enjoy.
The other day, I stumbled across some reference pieces which I thought I lost in the deeps of the internet. I used those for my blog journal's header illustration long ago, take a look... (via 1924 / Amunt)
...and not to forget that the main inspiration and reference was The New Yorker's Eustace Tilley, the dandy peering at a butterfly through a monocle.
Update (thanks to Sheila Schwartz for the research/pointer): The first photo here (see above) was not by Saul Steinberg but by Alfred Gescheidt. I confused it with Steinberg's "Girl In The Bathtub" (1949), see right here below:
Oh my gosh, it's already funded! It took only about 40 minutes!
Along with my freaking talented pals Francisco Herrera, Humberto Ramos, Flaviano Armentaro and Pascal Campion, I'm part of the knock-out book project Masters of Anatomy, curated by the great Suny Mann.
«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