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 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 – 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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Tuesday, April 13, 2021


This is another rough preliminary Mickey Mouse concept I did in preparation for the official Disney exhibition in Desenzano del Garda (NOV 2018 - FEB 2019), celebrating Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday.

I don't remember why I didn't put this one on my short list for the exhibition but still like the layout of the piece, lots of empty canvas.

#Mickeymouse #Desenzano #exhibition #mickey90 #castoutartwork #originalart #floriansatzinger

Monday, April 12, 2021

Jorge Bompart, the one-man animation band

Jorge Bompart just shared with me some of his his work-in-progress animation test bits he did with A.C.M.E.'s Yellow All-Terrain Glove Rover 313, a playful parody tribute to everything André Franquin, Wile E. Coyote, Evel Knievel and Donald Duck, all in one chunk. I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

#donalduck #andrefranquin #wileecoyote #evelknievel #spineanimation #jorgebompart #parodyart #parodyanimation

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Swamp cowboy thing?

I don't have a clue what this sketch was about.

#sketchingaway #justforthefunofit #drawing #bluepencils

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Ducks are just the lens through which I see people

Please forgive me, I posted these process pieces here before but not along with this photo. It makes it complete, now.

#donaldduck #mauriziocattelan #juxtapose Maurizio Cattelan: Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Drawing Process: Aldrich St. John van Duck

And if interested, here is more or less the whole drawing run.

#characterdesign #drawingprocess #theducksfromACME #paperwalker #floriansatzinger

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

The Smurfs dropped in!

What a huge surprise this was! 'The Smurfs' artist Miguel Díaz Vizoso made my day, today. This was his brilliant response to my silly Banana Duck. He even added little cartoon gloves and pants buttons to the character. I'm in heaven!

#thesmurfs #MiguelDiazVizoso #duckland #bananaduck #mauriziocattelan #bananahat #floriansatzinger #artbaselduck

Association de Canards Magnifiques Extraordinaire (A.C.M.E.)

For the time being, I can't reveal the main characters of this project and their theater of operations. For their own and my own safety, of course.

For questions or matters of urgency, please contact A.C.M.E. Secretary of Field Operations, Commander Aldrich St. John van Duck.
(*self-evidently heavily inspired by John Cleese/The Ministry of Silly Walks)

#TheDucksFromACME #characterdesign #visualdevelopment #conceptart #teaser

Monday, April 05, 2021

One last thing about the "Banana Duck" ...

Did anyone notice the weird grooving on the pencil point? I did sharpen it with a bread knife which added nice textures to the pencil lines.

#drawingtools #bluepencil #colerase #20044blue #paperwalker #floriansatzinger #duckland

Art Basel Duck: Headgear Variations

That was quick, it took only seven minutes until the duck was picked up (see postings before)! However, what I forgot to share is this very development sheet where I tested variations with different headgears before going for the final clean-up.

#duckland #characterdesign #drawingprocess #designingprocess #cartoonduck #mauriziocattelan #artbaselduck #visualdevelopment #workinprogress #conceptart

Art Drop: Today!

This is the original sketch I'll hide today somewhere around the Duckland exhibition's venue. AT ABOUT/NOT BEFORE 4:00PM Vienna time (i.e. 10:00AM New York City time or 7:00AM Los Angeles time). I will post clues of the exact location on my Instagram and Facebook Page then.

#artdrop #duckland #kasematten #originalartwork #floriansatzinger #bluepencils

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Original-Art Drop! Tomorrow!

It's a classic treasure hunt where the first person to find the artwork gets to keep it!

Right tomorrow (Monday, April 5th), I will hide an original preliminary pencil drawing (see image 2) somewhere around "The Large Cistern" (Die grosse Zisterne) in the castle ground park on Castle Hill (Schlossberg) or the Liesl Clock Tower, both are right next to the Duckland exhibition's venue, the Kasematten, Graz, Austria. AT ABOUT/NOT BEFORE 4:00PM Vienna time (i.e. 10:00AM New York City time or 7:00AM Los Angeles time). I will then post clues of the exact location on my Instagram and Facebook Page.

By the by, don’t limit your ability to win based on your current physical location. Probably you can collaborate with someone near to the location who can hunt the duck for you. Good luck, everyone!

#artdrop #duckland #kasematten #originalartwork #floriansatzinger #bluepencils

Friday, April 02, 2021

Duckland Throwback

I don't know if you remember, or even noticed, that there was a Duckland pilot show of sorts in Cannes 2019 before the Duckland flagship landed on Castle Hill? Here are some bits and pieces from back then.

#duckland #showpilot #cannes #campusinternationaldecannes #tigobo #floriansatzinger #albertbierstadt