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]

Doggies by Marsden – Cute cartoon dog character designs

Doggies by Marsden
Cute Dog character designs by Ian David Marsden

http://www.marsdencartoons.com

All characters are © Copyright 2014 Ian David Marsden and may not be used in any way without written permission.

Cartoon Dog Character Designs by Ian David Marsden © 2014

Cartoon Dog Character Designs by Ian David Marsden © 2014

Easter Bunny Egg Painting Cartoon

A little cartoon illustration of a cute bunny painting a rather large egg.

Bunny Painting Easter Eggs

Art: Ian David Marsden
http://blog.marsdencartoons.com

Paw Prints

Paw Prints

(Click on the above image to see it original size)

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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]

The Hungarian Lodger (from ‘Marsden Manor’) – Vector Illustration / Character Design

The Hungarian Lodger (from ‘Marsden Manor’)
Vector Illustration / Character Design

Fez Man

©2013
Ian David Marsden
http://blog.marsdencartoons.com

Character Designs and Storyboard Illustrations for Commercial

Character Designs and Storyboard Illustrations for
“Super Reed”
Commercial and Website

 

Some examples of character designs and rough concept sketches and layouts for a TV commercial. Artwork is created based on the agencies’, client’s and art director’s briefing and the characters are developed in a process of multiple design phases.

This project was a lot of fun to work on as I could play with the character ‘Super Reed’ who is already outrageous and funny and I could also live out my personal fondness for 00 and Bond villains as well as creating some other ridiculous super heroes.

It’s great when your ‘job’ is what you love doing anyway. :D

Ian D. Marsden
I am a freelance artist and available for contract work. Please contact me directly here. Thanks!)

Illustrator / Character Designer: Ian David Marsden
http://blog.marsdencartoons.com

Art Director: Marc Bellehttp://usloteverywhere.com

Follow this link to see the individual images in a slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marsdencartoons/sets/72157632649736296/

CLICK on the below artwork to see it in various sizes including “Insanely Large”

Commercial Storyboard Illustration and character design

Holiday Card Concept, Design and Illustrations

Holiday Card Concept, Design and Illustrations

This was a fun project, a custom card design for the Sanafort Nutrition Company. The card is designed to contain a gift blister pack with natural Reishi extract.
Removing the blister pack reveals the bunny family and the decorated Christmas tree.

Art Director / Illustrator: Ian D. Marsden
Copyright ©2012 Sanafort and Ian D. Marsden
http://blog.marsdencartoons.com

Click on the image below to see it in various sizes.

Holiday Card Design and Illustration

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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]