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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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Follow-Up Artwork: «Stuff To Throw At Monster» Monster

For today's warm-up sketching I tried to layout roughly the bone structure of the PIXEL art battle's monster.

Thank You, Robert Blalack

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!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

«Stuff To Throw At Monster»

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.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pixel Art Battle With Eric

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...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Okay, this photo killed me. (via DIB)

Meet “Normal” Barbie

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)

Monday, October 21, 2013


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.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Damn it! This is every character designer's dream of a reference piece. (via)

Weekend Photo Pack: Dagobah, Disney And The Two-Headed Alfred Hitchcock

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.

(images via ms)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Complete References: Paperwalker Journal's Header

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.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dear Mr. Watterson


This is what I love with contemporary media art, that sums up a lot in this day and age. (via Amunt)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Key To The Future

This is a hilarious short film from 1956, including the Firebird II concept car plus that time's vision of the future in 1976!

... and 2 years later, the Firebird III was launched: "An Experiment For Tomorrow" (1958)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Inspiration: 1958 Firebird III Concept Car

Designed by Harley Earl, a series of three turbine-powered cars had a very obvious aircraft inspiration.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Saul Steinberg, Forever (Updated)

Now, let's get this week started...

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:

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Apropos Monsters, Halloween etc.

One of my most favorite takes on Frankenstein's Monsters, by the unbeatable Jack Davis, of course.

Monsters: Transformations

Halloween is on its way, so this is my personal line-up of two quite different ends of the monster design spectrum.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Alright, Here We Go!

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.

Submisson Deadline Extended!

Last day to submit is on: October-16-2013 12:00 AM

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

TWO Days Left

Win a VIP trip to CTNX 2013. Only TWO days left until the deadline ends. Deadline is this week's Thursday. All artwork must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST, October 10th, 2013.