COAT OF SMILES, parody art of iconic symbols. A duck's hat, a mouse's ears and a smiling yellow button. Three iconic things brought together in one artwork.
The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of DUCKLAND creator and award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger – who worked on characters such as Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Silvester etc.), Pinky And The Brain, A.J.Hogg and Scooby-Doo, for studios such as Warner Bros., Disney, ReelFX and Zanuck Family Entertainment – 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.
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Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Little Chilly This Morning

Colours, again... I took those pics in my town's City Park, this morning.

Photos: © Satzinger & Hardenberg Archive

Monday, November 24, 2008

Clockworkpunk: The Mozart Duck Reworked


This is my last regular (re-)design job of sorts before starting the StarDucks production adventure. I'm reworking the Mozart Duck character (aka Wolfgang Amadeus Duck©). The design will be adjusted to the StarDucks style for some marketing reasons. The colour keys stay the same:

Well, this means a lot of looney Steampunk gimmicks, eh?
BTW, I prefer to use Motorpunk or Clockworkpunk to mean Steampunk. Sounds more fitting to those gear wheels and stuff. Anyway, I'll post the finished piece soon...
Apropos Steampunk, Jake radiates joy with his latest vehicle design, doesn't he?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


To be long in the leg...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Production Art: Freaks

Another rough vis-dev piece from the same project. For the moment, the last one of that kind I'll have here. The next post will contain explicit... ducks!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Visual Development Roughs

Here're some other vis-dev roughs and character designs I did, last year. I blueprinted some really wacko things back then...

In this connection my compliments to my fellow co-heads of development, Robert and Andy. They're versatile wizzkids to the core. The same goes for our long distance trouper from Atlanta, Michael. 'Hope we'll set up another one of sorts in the near future...

I for one have now moved on to "StarDucks" and "Toby Skybuckle", my first "French connection" projects in fact... caused by Crisse :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


As I do not have any new stuff to show on this very day, I put this oldie on the blog. A rough animation layout test I did for a cartoon series pitch, some years ago. I posted this piece here once before. Sorry for the re-run.

BTW: BG/layout work is quite important to my character designs. It is fair to say that I draw the place before I draw the characters. Or more philosophical: I form the characters from within the scene.

Update: Talking of old things, here's another rough one. Two racing pilots of sorts. If I remember rightly, the Chinese ideograph means "path" or "route".