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The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger 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, such as 'Toby Skybuckle©' for France and Japan based Ankama Group LLC and 'John Starduck©' for France and US based Tigobo Animation Studios. ©2017 by Florian Satzinger. World rights reserved. | 34,710,196 views | 42,782 subscribers



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Monday, December 24, 2007

Season's Greetings; Happy New Year!

A little update on the fly (December 30, 2007): Have a good start in the New Year! By the by, the critter below is a kind of a New Year's Soap Bubble Bogey.




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Previous post (December 24, 2007) - The Green Christmas Goblin Duck:


Enjoy your holidays... I'll be enjoying mine! Due to extreme need of holiday and rest, I'll be taking a break until January 7, 2008.

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Evergreen Mon






The EG Mon loves to decorate its Christmas tree with gingerbread men and viking-dwarf bones. (Photos: Me and some icelandic friends in the city of Akureyri, and that is where I did the rough sketch of the EG Mon and the viking-dwarf; Icebergs - a few days after. Pretty inspirational.)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Allergic Reaction





Sorry Santa, you were mistakenly sent the wrong cookies.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Ken Southworth, Sir (1918-2007)

My Captain.

I've no words. I'm deeply saddened by Ken's death. This is a great loss. (Photo above: A long time ago. Ken with my fellow student Chris, sitting at my student's animation desk at VanArts.)

As posted by Ray Pointer at Goldenage Cartoons:
Ten minutes ago, I received a call from Ken's wife, Carol that he had passed away of a stroke this morning. I had spoken with him two weeks ago, and he had had a bad fall and was getting around by a cane. My association with Ken began on THE ADVENTURES FROM THE BOOK OF VIRTUES in 1996. The following year we joined forces to produce the popular three volume Home Instruction course, THE KEN SOUTHWORTH ANIMATION Program that consisted of instructional VHS tapes and workbooks. The origin of this series was based on Ken's desire to pass on his 50 years of experience to the next generation. Since talent for the animation field can come from virtually anywhere in the world, there is the possibility that someone in an isolated area without the means to attend one of the major Animation Schools might benefit from a few basic lessons. As a result we fashion this series of courses designed to spark that raw talent.

THE KEN SOUTHWORTH ANIMATION series was featured in several Video Catalogs including Schlesinger's Educational Library Video, The Whole Toon Catalog, and our web site: inkwellimagesink.com as well. While Ken established the original web site, I continued to develop it to what it is today. As a result, we have linked to many people worldwide who have found us, and told us how much they have enjoyed our product.


Ken was employed at The Walt Disney Studios from 1943 to 1951. He was primarily an Assistant Animator in the Jack Hannah and Jack Kinney units working on numerous DONALD DUCK, GOOFY, and PLUTO short subjects. During this period, Ken developed the "Splat" shock/impact effects that became cartoon conventions in the Disney shorts. Ken also worked on a number of the Disney animated features including THE THREE CABBALLEROS, SONG OF THE SOUTH, and THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. He assisted Frank Thomas on CINDERELLA, primarily on the STEPMOTHER, and also assisted Milt Kahl on ALICE IN WONDERLAND. In one of our programs, Ken took great pride in stating that he had done considerable work on the Croquet Sequence in ALICE IN WONDERLAND, saying, "Chances are, if you see a drawing with ALICE holding a flamingo, I did it!"

Ken left Disney after ALICE in WONDERLAND to accept an offer as an Animator for Walter Lantz, working under Tex Avery. When the second version of the famous WOODY WOODPECKER opening title was done, it was animated by Ken and LaVerne Harding. Ken then went to MGM during its last two years, with an Animator's credit on several of the Cinemascope cartoons produced by Hanna and Barbera starring TOM AND JERRY and DROOPY. When Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera launched H-B Enterprises in 1957, later to become Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1959, Ken went along with them, as an animatior on HUCKLEBERRY HOUND, QUICK DRAW MCGRAW, THE FLINTSTONES, TOP CAT, JONNY QUEST, SPACE GHOST, DINO BOY, SCUBBY DOO, THE SMURFS, DON COYOTE, and SWAT CATS. Ken was with H-B for 21 years.


In the early 1960s, Ken was also a Stop-Motion Animator and Storyboard Artist on DAVY AND GOLIATH for Clokey Productions. He was also Director and Layout Artist on QT HUSH and YOUNG DANIEL BOONE. In the 1970s, he was a Storyboard Artist and Animator on STAR TREK, LASSIE, HE-MAN, and BRAVESTAR for Filmation. Ken was also an Animator on Bugs and Tweety for GREMILINS 2 and EARTH DAY TV. His fianl assignment was as a Director on ADVENTURES FROM THE BOOK OF VIRTUES on PBS.

During his active years, Ken taught Animation at the Hanna-Barbera Evening School, The American Animation Institute (Cartoonists Local 839), and since his retirement ten years ago, continued to speak at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada including VanArts.
Ken was a most unique, generous, and inspiring man. With all of his past experiences with business ventures, he stated that I was the best associate he had ever worked with. That was really a tremendous compliment in light of his rich history, which gives me a great deal to live up to. Always the optomist, Ken had this to say about the future of animation: "I think the best is yet to come, remembering that the play's the thing...I'm very optimistic for both 2D and 3D animation."
Photos © Satzinger
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Ken left his marks as animator on shorts such as this one:

Monday, December 03, 2007

Panda Duck From Mars

Update (DEC 04, 2007): Shane, Spike! Here you are...



Panda Duck, version 1.1 (May 2007)

I tried to enhance this kipper into a more oddish character.

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Panda Duck, cast off version 1.0 (March, 2005)


I drew this smarty 2005... but we were not that happy with it for various reasons. I'll show you the "2007 version" another time.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tangled Swords; Frog


"Rats!"

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Update (Nov 29, 2007): Hello frog. I didn't any research on you. Your're just a 4 minute egg.




"Chirp!"

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

StarDucks: Secret Service Ducks






And here they are... the most powerfull elite feathers. Guarding the StarDucks. (Another happy dance, because I've finished my work on this project TODAY!)
Free, free like a bird...

Update (Nov 22, 2007): BTW, Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bravebird With Helmet And Horns; Zombiebird Portrait

Update: Apropos Zombiebird - 'bird' being the operative word. I did this funny chap some weeks ago (cf. Walburga Potts).





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Pretty life... deathlike portrait.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

And Now for Something Completely Different: The B-Hero And His Pet

Update: "Florian, are you positive that this is B-Hero's pet?"
No. In fact quite the reverse is true. (In this connection I want to apologise to my wise writers and co-designers who are working on this project with me for tolerating all those abstruse input of mine.)

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Well, he's not that kind of girl...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Captain's Paperplane Kit, Mod. X2005

Update 2: This buffer was intended for this year's card. Together with Captain Christmas and some others.

After all, our ideas shifted to another concept... with the Capt'n, but without this birdy. BTW: He carries his entire intellect in his left big toe. So he has to radio his ideas etc. over Bluetoe to his brainhat.



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Update 1: I'm awfully sorry, I forgot to introduce the plane's design engineer to you:



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To get you in pre-mood for Christmas I've a little preezie for you. The Original Captain Christmas Paperplane Kit, for Paperwalker readers only.
Well, to tell the truth, this paperplane kit was part of the S&H season's greetings mailing, Christmas 2005.
Download: Captain Christmas Paperplane Kit, Mod. X2005 (PDF for double sided print)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Website


My studio's website went (still going) through a relaunch. I'll miss the old sepia coloured site, but it was full to the bursting point. So - bye, old jalopy. Hello, new one.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Egon Schiele




Egon Schiele is one of my fave artists. So it's no wonder that he is a source of inspiration. For finding new conceptions on designing characters, for instance.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Walburga Potts



I finished this piece some days ago. It's for a children's production by the writer and composer Henry Muldrow.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Winterwonderland



It's snowing outside and snowing and snowing and snowing.

Apart from that, I have no idea what this is, but I like it. I mean this thing on the limb.
No idea.
Update: Now I know where this sketch comes from. I did this geezer together with the Cell Dragons, last Christmas:

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Huck Finn: Teaser Sujet


I did this mashup of rough character sketches for the HF teaser site. After all, only Buck (the bird with the smoothy) made it onto the page: www.huckle-berry-finn.com

Less is more.