Brasil Illustration: NZZ Am Sonntag


Brasil Illustration: NZZ am Sonntag Newspaper


Die Traurigkeit hat kein Ende, nur das Glück.
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NZZ am Sonntag
6 April 2014
© Ian David Marsden

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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

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.

See the instructions here:

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
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]

NZZ am Sonntag – Commemorative Stamps for Sports Heroes of 2013

NZZ am Sonntag – Commemorative Stamps for Sports Heroes of 2013

Commemorative Postage Stamps
The Year in Review 2013
NZZ am Sonntag 29/12/2013
Illustrations by Ian David Marsden

Commemorative Postage Stamps The Year in Review 2013 NZZ am Sonntag 29/12/2013 Illustrations by Ian David Marsden

Commemorative Postage Stamps
The Year in Review 2013
NZZ am Sonntag 29/12/2013
Illustrations by Ian David Marsden


This basset grew a mustache for MOVEMBER

This basset grew a mustache for MOVEMBER

Henry the Basset always fancied himself a bit of a lad about town.
This fetching handlebar mustache which he grew especially for Movember
proves his point in a dashing yet incredibly attractive way.

Movember 2013 Basset Dog with handlebar mustache


Find out more about Movember:

Cartoon illustration by Ian David Marsden
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Drawing a Cartoon In Mischief Software (Realtime YouTube Video)

Drawing a Cartoon In Mischief Software (Realtime YouTube Video)

I read about Mischief and liked the demonstration video on their website.
I thought it made sense and sounded like a really good idea to combine the power of vector art with a painterly quality and also to have a sort of free and unrestrictive feeling in a drawing program.
The unlimited canvas seemed like a wonderful idea also – and the way you can output any selected area as a file. Anyway, I am not going to list all the things about it that seemed great, why don’t you try it out yourself.
I was quite impressed by my initial test and can definitely imagine Mischief becoming an integral part of my sketching, layout, storyboarding and freehand drawing process. As it develops I am certain many more cool features will be added.
Personally, I can recommend it.
Find out more about mischief here:
The following cartoon sketch was filmed with Snapz Pro X software on my Wacom Cintiq 21UX. I am working on an Intel Core i7 iMac.

Looking for an experienced freelance illustrator and/or cartoonist?

Looking for an experienced freelance illustrator and/or cartoonist?

Commissioned illustrations for advertising, PR, POS, coporate publications, B2B, educational material, books, newspapers and magazines

Ian David Marsden

independent Freelance Illustrator and Cartoonist Ian D. Marsden

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The Art of the Personal Statement – by Alex Thaler

The College Admissions Essay, Decoded
Dear Admissions is pleased to announce the release of
“The Art of the Personal Statement” by Alex Thaler
which is available for free at

Cover Illustration and several black and white interior illustrations by Ian David Marsden

Emeryville, California (PRWEB) August 14, 2013

Every year around the beginning of September, millions of anxious high school seniors stare at the blank page that will eventually become their college application essays. Movies like “Admission” and “The Spectacular Now” only seem to reinforce the essay’s standing as a difficult rite of passage.

Those students can now breathe a collective sigh of relief with the release of “The Art of the Personal Statement,” by Alex Thaler. The book can be downloaded free of charge at

“The Art of the Personal Statement” represents a watershed development in college admissions:

  •     The first full-length publication on the subject to be offered for free to the 21+ million students, parents, teachers, and professionals involved in the college application process.
  •     The first mindfulness-based approach to teaching the admissions essay.


Featuring introductions by Eric Furda and Amy Jarich, Deans of Undergraduate Admissions at University of Pennsylvania and UC Berkeley, respectively, “The Art of the Personal Statement” challenges prevailing notions about the admissions essay by rejecting approaches based on “what the admissions committee is looking for.” Rather, students are encouraged to explore the practice of mindfulness in order to find their authentic voices through a process of reflection and self-discovery.

“Before breaking ground on this project I set out to achieve three goals,” stated Alex Thaler, the book’s author. “First, I wanted to provide a structure or system for the brainstorming phase of the writing cycle. If you look at other books on the subject, only a few pages at most are dedicated to brainstorming. And yet it is the most difficult part of the process. Second, I wanted to shift the discussion away from winning the game of admissions. The application process should be intuitive, reflective. Third, because the admissions consulting industry provides a competitive edge to individuals with disposable income, I wanted to create an ‘admissions offset’ that would balance that negative effect. Giving the book away for free levels the playing field a bit.”

The Art of the Personal Statement is organized in five parts, the first four of which introduce concepts of mindfulness and how it relates to the brainstorming-drafting-editing cycle. The last part presents eighteen sample essays, each followed by comment and analysis.

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