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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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Monday, October 26, 2020

Turning Saul Steinberg's work into a zombie?

It is often a thin line that divides kitsch from cool, but anyways, here I just enjoyed myself using flat and depth in a mix, inspired by one of Saul Steinberg's superior line drawings.
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#SaulSteinberg #nonperspective #inspiration #linedrawing #flattanddepth #lowbrowart #donaldduck

Reverse Toonification by Nathan Shipley

Nathan Shipley's impressive reverse toonification experiments with art from Pixar, Incredibles 2, Up, Coco and Spiderman.
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#reversetoonification #nathanshipley #pixar #experiments #AIgenerativeArt #VFX

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Production art: Vicky the Viking

These here are a couple of breathtakingly beautiful original production art pieces (actually used for a flashback sequence in season 2, episode 5, 'The Danish Adventure') from 'Vicky the Viking', an Austrian-German-Japanese animated television series from the 1970s.

The series never looks cheap even though its quite limited character animation. I loved it as a kid and still do. There were a couple of reboots, both life action and 3D, but they don't even come close to the congeniality and originality of the original, mildly said.
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TV animation production art: Vicky the Viking These here are a couple of breathtakingly beautiful original production art pieces (actually used for a flashback sequence in season 2, episode 5, 'The Danish Adventure') from 'Vicky the Viking', an Austrian-German-Japanese animated television series from the 1970s. The series never looks cheap even though its quite limited character animation. I loved it as a kid and still do. There were a couple of reboots, both life action and 3D, but they don't even come close to the congeniality and originality of the original, mildly said. --- #VickyTheViking #animatedseries #1970s #productionart #backgroundart #WickieUndDieStarkenMaenner #ChiisanaVikingBikke #RunerJonsson

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#VickyTheViking #animatedseries #1970s #productionart #backgroundart #WickieUndDieStarkenMaenner #ChiisanaVikingBikke #RunerJonsson

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Off-model Mickey wearing a hoodie

Back in 2018, with the view to my participation in the grand Disney exhibition '90 Years of Magic - Mickey, The True Original', I did a vast number of Mickey Mouse sketches, yet most of which didn't make it on my clean-up shortlist for the show, so these stayed in that rough kind of state. Like this quite off-model Mickey Mouse, here. Inspired by some old book illustrations from 1935, from the book 'Mickey Mouse, Crusoe'. My idea was to juxtapose a very contemporary Mickey reading against his historic self, in a museum's showroom setting of sorts.
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Back in 2018, with the view to my participation in the grand Mickey Mouse exhibition, '90 Years of Magic - Mickey, The True Original', I did a vast number of Mickey Mouse sketches, yet most of which didn't make it on my clean-up shortlist for the show, so these stayed in that rough kind of state. Like this quite off-model Mickey Mouse, here. Inspired by some old illustrations from 1935, from the book 'Mickey Mouse, Crusoe'. My idea was to juxtapose a very contemporary Mickey reading against his historic self, in a museum's showroom setting of sorts. --- #MickeyMouse #Mickey90 #TheTrueOriginal #conceptartwork #preliminarysketches #characterdesign #Disney

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#MickeyMouse #Mickey90 #TheTrueOriginal #conceptartwork #preliminarysketches #characterdesign #Disney

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Same ingredients, different meals

Even a rather simple cartoon duck's arm and hand requires the same drawing abilities needed for drawing realistic animals and humans, in order to make it believable.

The human hand sketch here (see bottom row) was used as reference, done by Andrey Samarin, the cartoon style things are mine.

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#characterdesign #anatomydrawing #cartoonhands #yellowgloves #animationart #visualdevelopment #hands

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Ego and the Id

What if Sigmund Freud and Carl Barks would have joined Marvel? Just saying...
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#ParodyArt #Marvel #SigmundFreud #CarlBarks #VariantCover #TheEgoAndTheId #SuperEgo

Saturday, October 10, 2020

The Incredible Duckling i.e. Hulkling

One last Donald Duckling thing. Here, he's following the motto "dress to impress with the best costume in town", ACME's Halloween costume kit Mod.Nr.2-4-6, "Incredible Arms", inflatable.

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#theincrediblehulk #hulk #donaldduck #parodyart #characterdesign #donaldduckling #halloweencostume #dresstoimpress

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Donald Duckling's Popeye Costume Kit

Donald Duckling's Popeye Costume kit was delivered on schedule. Yes indeed, the kit does include an inflatable lower arm and biceps muscle mockup set. Spinach not included.
BTW, which one do you like best?

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#DonaldDuck #parodyart #donalduckling #popeye #halloweencostume #roughlayout #drawing #characterdesign #halloweeniscoming

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The Snoopy Show (2020)

The world’s most extraordinary beagle is back! Celebrating 70 years of Peanuts.



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#peanuts #charlesschulz #snoopy #70anniversary #newshow

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Yellow stickers and blue noodles

Back in art school, in character design class, Ken Southworth (➚) strongly encouraged me to diversify well-tried designing methods (such as 'Basic Sides/Top, Bottom And Sides', 'Think With Forms, Not Lines' etc.). So, I came up with the 'Post-it Mummy' or 'Yellow Stickers And Blue Noodles' method.

It surely was nothing to write home about but I had fun and it helped me to set off a character's perspectival features. "It is" Ken said, "perfectly weird, but interesting."

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#characterdesignclass #characterdesign #vanarts #kensouthworth #drawingtechniques #drawingmethods #animationdesign #perspective