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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Monday, May 31, 2010

Nemoland 2010: The ACME Pose Maker

I just came back from Nemoland and it was great. Eric Goldberg is an absolutely uber-talented man. He's up to every animation trick. The rough piece below was btw one of the things I dealed with in my workshop there. I talked a lot about reference material, inspiration, creation and the like.
I'm again way behind with answering e-mails, sending out things, replying to comments etc. So sorry for everyone is waiting, I will get back to it as soon as possible!

All reference photos © by their respective owners.

Apropos lectures, here are some recent pics of my this year's animation class at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg. The students are highly talented and they are really fun to work with.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In Good Company

Next week, I will return to my duties as a workshop host at the Nemoland Festival in Florence, Italy. This time, I'll focus on creation and inspiration. BTW, it seems like I am in good company there... :o)

Apropos, a great many of my vehicle designs are pretty much inspired by the legendary Dymaxion car and Ford's Lincoln Futura.

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Apropos (2), this is a lecture which changed my life as an artist and I know it will work for you as well:

How To Draw A Dynamic Eagle
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Thursday, May 13, 2010


Some things become very popular only to fall out of bird's favour later.

Btw, apologies for the lack of replies to comments and mails, been some really hectic and busy days here lately.

Photos: Mini-Motor (2), Photobucket (1)
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Inspiration: SwissMiss

This is one of my favorite places I go on the internet nearly every day, Tina Roth Eisenberg's swissmiss design blog. Today, one of my space-suit-loving StarDucks characters visited Tina in here office in NYC to say hello and to show her his newly bought swiss-suit:

Update: I forgot to mention, that he's a wrestling suit lover, too. They call him 'The Red 4-Legged Iron Feather'.

Btw, not long ago, something that really helped me out creating the background for the "Goldberg piece" were the colours of that very photo:

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Walt Disney: World's Fair 1964 NYC

I really do love those backstage films from the past.

While I'm on posting an older clip, here's one of my most favorite student films I've seen the last years: "Who's Hungry?" by David Ochs

Here are the show reactions to Ochs' film:

Last but not least, I put up a link to a short clip about Thierry Martin, a French comic artist who I admire very much. Even though the clip is in French, Thierry's talent is easy to understand ;) Btw, you can check out his personal weblog here.