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The PAPERWALKER Journal is a nearly daily updated weblog of 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. ©2014 World rights reserved. | 19,333,104 views | 16,763 subscribers

Please note, all reference/inspiration material here is solely the property of their respective owner, the use here does not imply that you may use the material for any purpose other than for the same or a similar informational, inspirational or educational use. This blog journal is basically dedicated to inspire professional animation artists, animation students and everyone who is interested in the animation art form to use their talents.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Carlo Rambaldi (1925 - 2012), 'father of E.T.' (Thanks, Laura)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bruno Bozzetto: Space04, Kunsthaus Graz

On September 10th, 2014, 5:00pm, which is exactly two hours before the official opening of the Paperwalker exhibition, Bruno Bozzetto and my humble self will have a panel chat about all sorts of things (mostly animation related, I would imagine) at the Kunsthaus' fancy-pancy panel room, space04. (Photographs: Universalmuseum Joanneum, Nicolas Lackner)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

John Starduck: DuckMe

Throwback reference... this kid on the reference photos is me, a couple of million years ago. Badass tee, isn't it? Anyways, I'm using this past-mini-me as reference/basis for the entire outfit design of the John Starduck character. This here is the first rough sketch of the process.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

Paperwalker Journal's Most Favourite Reference/Inspirational Photos, Part 10

Bullwinkle and Donald, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC, at different years. (Source unkown: photographs are © by their respective owners. All rights reserved)

Paperwalker Journal's Most Favourite Reference/Inspirational Photos, Part 9

Lunch break with Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Billy Wilder (c. 1960, source unkown: photograph © by its respective owner. All rights reserved).

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Two Of The Finest

René Goscinny and Morris on a rooftop terrace, Amsterdam, May 1971.

Photographs: Peters, Hans / Anefo

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Paperwalker Journal's Most Favourite Reference/Inspirational Photos, Part 8

Girl reading comic book in newsstand, c. 1940–1945. Photograph by Charles “Teenie” Harris, courtesy of Eyes on Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art. (via)

Saturday, August 02, 2014

How To Draw

Smashing book cover, what a beauty from the past: Walt Disney's How To Draw And Color Book (Whitman, ca. 1960).

Carl Barks At His Drawing Table

ca. 1962/1963

Friday, August 01, 2014

The SpongeBob Movie [updated]

Sponge Out of Water - Official Trailer (2015)

Here's a piece (see below) I just came across at Sherm's. Sherm's the man!

The Ant And The Aardvark

These two characters were as important to me as the Disney classics were. Love everything about them, without any limitation. For more, please check out Colin Lougheed's posting about these very characters.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rarely Seen Photographs Capturing Walt Disney

By the way, these are historical photographs, smoking was considered completely common around that time, I'm not revealing any "secrets" about Walt Disney here nor showing him up. I'm always glad to stumble across photos capturing the person Walt Disney, I'm not interested in the larger-than-life, artificial icon he became after his passing.

Images via LIFE and Google Images

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Snoopy Astronaut Toy, 1969

First beagle on the moon. (Thanks for the heads up, Laura)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Art Challenge

The CTN art challenge is open again for this year: here is all the information! Good luck!