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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Friday, January 27, 2012

Pose References

Update: Facial Expression References
Spider Monkey via National Geographic

Chimp with sons via National Geographic

Monkey self portrait via

About this photo: "[...] A crested black macaque grabbed a photographer's camera and shot dozens of shots, including this fine self-portrait." (J. Kottke)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Inspiration: Hanna Barbera Land Concept Art

What a find! I worked in a theme park designing team a couple of years ago, too. This find is pure heaven to me! They must be from the late 70s or early 80s, I guess. Anyway, they're great!

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Disney Animation Research Library

By the by, I could watch this clip a million times:

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Ferrari Needle

Snow Jet!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspiration: The White Night

By Adolf Fassbender, 1936
Via kateoplis
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Modern Life

Those modern mobile devices keep us connected, everywhere!

Lately, I kept my development artwork quite rough. These here are not finished clean-ups, but coloured roughs of sorts.

By the by, the next post will be without any antennas, almost without any ;) Anyway, did anbody enter the Eustace Tilley book bag contest? I just checked out the gallery of entries and this one is my absolute favorite piece: "Made In NYC", by CG23

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I just couldn't resist your product today because of the package

I'm a great admirer of the style of magazine advertisements from the 1960s. This one here is from 1965:

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Plumb Forgotten; NY Book-Bag Contest!

Gosh! Did I ever post the photo reference I used for the header of this very blog? No, I'm sure I didn't. Here you are:

Photo via eoopilote
Apropos! Before I forget! There is an Eustace Tilley Book-Bag Cover Contest over at The New Yorker. The deadline is Midnight on January 18th. If you're fast and talented (and a permanent resident of the US or Canada), this is your contest: "Eustace Tilley appeared on our first cover, in 1925. To celebrate our 87th anniversary, we invite readers to create a book-bag version of our iconic dandy. Twelve winners will be featured in a slide show curated by The New Yorker’s art editor, Françoise Mouly. One grand-prize winner will get their design printed on a Strand Bookstore tote bag and a $1,000 Strand shopping spree."

Those duckish and bullish Tilleys here are some older designs I did a couple of years ago for the Huckleberry Finn project (a project that never got the green), I just thought it would be nice to post them along with the info about the Eustace Tilley contest.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Toying With Gods

Well, me and my antennas... anyway, I was toying around with this piece a little, just for the fun of it. By the by, the coloured version isn't really a regular clean-up, just a, say, fast test of sorts.
Mickey Mouse snippet © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Photo via Retro Futurism

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Layout/BG Inspiration: 1960s Town House

A playboy's dream home. The interior quite reminds me of Matt Helm's house or "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." series, no? Anyways, beautiful colour work. Apropos 1960s layout work, don't miss Hans Bacher's latest post!
(Images via Retro Futurism)

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Adam And The Dog

Drop-dead beautiful trailer for Disney animator Minkyu Lee's short film.

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Inspiration: Streamlined Design

Beautifully curated collection!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012


Weekend is coming... and I know, it's not much of a post, just some quick ballpoint thumbnail sketches I usually start the work day with, but... anyway :)
(Photo via Church of...)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Some Tuesday Morning Inspiration

I'm in awe with this pic. I found it somewhere on the internet, unfortunately I forgot where I stumbled across it...
Photo via ripcordjerry (Thanks to SeaShadow!)

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

More Old School Things To Come

Stay tuned...

Photos © Satzinger & Hardenberg Feat. W.r.r.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Espresso Solo

Since espresso is quasi an essential part of my daily design life - give me caffeine and the drawing gets better - I had to post about this machine by designer Shmuel Linski:

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

New Year's Warm-Up Mouse

Finally, I sat down with a pencil and paper and made this sketch, no Wacom, no Photoshop, just plain old sketching :) Hello 2012!

Photos © Satzinger & Hardenberg Feat. W.r.r.

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