The Very First Google Doodles by Ian David Marsden

The Very First Google Doodles by Ian David Marsden
As a professional artist, illustrator, cartoonist and character designer, one of the highlights of my career so far is certainly that I happen to be the very first Google Doodle artist. :)

Article about the early days at Google: Wall Street Journal – Google The Beginning
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304911104576444363668512764.html

It was tremendous fun and I was totally delighted when Google contacted me to be their first artist. Back then I was working out of a one bedroom studio in Santa Monica, California and we were trying to keep our little two year old baby in diapers, so the whole magical world of the internet in it’s very first pioneer days was a wonderful and thrilling place to be and I was honored and thrilled that I was able to actively participate with Google and some of the other projects I helped realize back then. Even in those early days it was clear to me (and most other people) that Google was headed for greatness. :)

The first Illustrations I made for Google, were shown on April Fool’s Day 2000. Google launched the amazing MentalPlex Technology where you could just think of what you were searching for and Google would find it. I created a little character and made some animated GIFs to explain how it worked.
Marsden-mentalplex

See the instructions here:

http://www.google.com/onceuponatime/mentalplex/MP_illustrations.html

My first ‘Google Doodle’ series was also the very first actual Google Doodle – namely the Alien abduction of the Google logo which happened in May 2000.
First Google Doodle by Ian Marsden

My second Google Doodle was Google Doodle II – Founding Father’s BBQ and Fireworks for the 4th of July.
Fpurth of July Doodle

The third series of Google Doodles I designed were the Olympic Doodles for the Summer Olympics in Sydney - Google Doodles Summer Olympics in Sydney with the little ‘Kangaroodle” I also created for Google and for the event. I have never received more fan mail than I did during the days these olympic google doodles were online. Hundreds, probably thousands of e-mails from all over the world. All of them positive and friendly. :)
Marsden Sydney Olympics Google Doodle

Google Doodles by Ian Marsden
(a selection of olympic doodles from the above links)

 

The last Google Doodle I drew was the Global Happy New Year Doodle 2001 with the two little white bears throwing a party.

Marsden 2001 New Year Google Doodle

I hope you enjoyed this little walk with me down my Google Doodle memory lane.

All of the above Google Doodles are © 1999 – 2001 Google.com
Artwork by Ian D. Marsden

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My name is Ian Marsden and I am a professional independent Illustrator, Character Designer, Logo Designer, Flash Animator and Cartoonist.
I am highly experienced in creating custom characters, illustrations, comic strips, mascots and animated video and flash elements for use on websites or YouTube. My full resume and a partial client list can be viewed by clicking on this link.

References are available upon request. I am a reliable, experienced professional and deadlines are always met. Please contact me directly to discuss your art, design or illustration needs.

I look forward to hearing from you. [email protected]

Recycling Comic Strips printed on Coca Cola cans

Recycling Comic Strips printed on Coca Cola cans

This was an amazing assignment I received relatively early in my career as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. I was pretty much left to my own devices as to what would happen in the strips.

I was limited only by the the fact that it should instill a positive message about recycling cans, the size of the printable area, the fact that it would be printed in black directly onto the raw surface of the can and the little detail that I could use no words or text as it would have to be understood in all languages. Easy, right? Haha.

I remember I was travelling by train from the Munich Octoberfest back to Paris, where I lived at the time, when I felt like having a few cokes (slightly hungover – hey it WAS the Octoberfest after all) and was thrilled to see they had ‘my’ cans. :)

Illustration and comic strip concept:
Ian David Marsden | Contact: [email protected]

©1992 Coca Cola

http://blog.marsdencartoons.com

(Please click on the below images to see them in higher resolutions)
Coca Cola Can with Recycling Comic

Coca Cola Can with Recycling Comic

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My name is Ian Marsden and I am a professional independent Illustrator, Character Designer, Logo Designer, Flash Animator and Cartoonist.
I am highly experienced in creating custom characters, illustrations, comic strips, mascots and animated video and flash elements for use on websites or YouTube. My full resume and a partial client list can be viewed by clicking on this link.

References are available upon request. I am completely reliable and deadlines are always met. Please contact me directly to discuss your design and illustration needs. I look forward to hearing from you. [email protected]

Dripbook Portfolio – Professional Illustrator and Cartoonist: Ian David Marsden

Dripbook Portfolio – Professional Illustrator and Cartoonist: Ian David Marsden

http://www.dripbook.com/marsdencartoons/

 

 

 

Ian Marsden’s Dripbook

Illustration Dripbook offers its worldwide community of professional visual artists the easiest, most stylish way to display, promote and distribute their portfolios online

WACOM Banner Ad campaign with Ian D. Marsden “Mad Scientist” Illustration

Wacom Banner Ad campaign with Ian D. Marsden Illustration

I am delighted to announce that a new banner ad campaign for Wacom is going live today all over the Internet.

One of the featured images is a “Mad Scientist” illustration, which I created working entirely on a Wacom Cintiq pen display.

Wacom Banner Ad “Mad Scientist”
“What do you want to create?”
Digital Sketch Draw and Paint

Artwork by Ian David Marsden
http://blog.marsdencartoons.com
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My name is Ian Marsden and I am a professional independent Illustrator, Character Designer, Logo Designer, Flash Animator and Cartoonist.
I am highly experienced in creating custom characters, illustrations, comic strips, mascots and animated video and flash elements for use on websites or YouTube. My full resume and a partial client list can be viewed by clicking on this link.

References are available upon request. I am completely reliable and deadlines are always met. Please contact me directly to discuss your design and illustration needs. I look forward to hearing from you. [email protected]

Here is a little video you might enjoy of me actually creating this exact piece of artwork.

Santa Claus Holiday Card Illustration in a bright fun drawing style

Santa Claus illustration in a bright fun slightly old-fashioned or retro style
Artist: Ian David Marsden | I am available for freelance assignments: [email protected]

Santa Claus riding a big rig truck full of brightly colored presents and a christmas tree.

This festive holiday illustration was created for an automobile and truck related magazine publication. I can of course create similar, custom commissioned pieces of art for your personal or family holiday card or for your business, company or corporate seasonal greeting material. I can come up with original ideas and concepts, then provide you with rough sketches and concepts (or storyboards in case of animation) and finally deliver finished artwork ready for print, web, e-mail campaigns or animated and interactive holiday e-cards or greetings or YouTube videos. Please contact me to discuss the possibilities and receive a free estimate. Thank you. [email protected]

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My name is Ian Marsden and I am a professional independent Illustrator, Character Designer, Logo Designer, Flash Animator and Cartoonist.
I am highly experienced in creating custom characters, illustrations, comic strips, mascots and animated video and flash elements for use on websites or YouTube. My full resume and a partial client list can be viewed by clicking on this link.

References are available upon request. I am completely reliable and deadlines are always met. Please contact me directly to discuss your design and illustration needs. I look forward to hearing from you.
[email protected]
Ian