Pirate and Parrot: Realtime Cartoon Tutorial YouTube Video

Pirate and Parrot: Realtime Cartoon Tutorial YouTube Video
Artist: Ian David Marsden

In this brief video I am doing a rough freehand sketch of a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder. Hard to tell from the drawing which one of the two has a higher I.Q. I have to admit. Safe to assume that together they might not quite make it to 100, but that doesn’t matter. They are lovely individuals and they have hearts of gold. The parrot however is slightly distressed, because he misplaced a winning Euro Millions ticket, but that is another matter entirely.

I hope you enjoy watching the video of their creation. :)


The final result. Watch the Youtube video below to watch this drawing in real time.
I am working in SketchBook Pro software on a Wacom Cintiq 21UX screen.

By the way I am also a featured artist and Wacom evangelist on the official Wacom website.

And I have a bunch more tutorial videos if you are interested. You can view them here.

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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]

Don’t Explain…

Don’t Explain…

A loose freehand drawing I created listening to some good Jazz…using Sketchbook Pro 6 on a Wacom Cintiq 21 UX.

I had no idea what it would look like when I started… :)

(click on below image to see it in larger sizes)
Don't Explain

My name is Ian David Marsden and I am a professional illustrator and cartoonist for hire.
Please contact me directly here: [email protected]

Freehand Bic ballpoint pen scribbles and sketches

Freehand Bic ballpoint pen scribbles and sketches

Here are a few examples of some of my freehand sketching and doodling with a Bic ballpoint pen. I am always doodling, always have been even since I was a little boy.
When I am not doodling on paper in front of me I am doodling in my head. So chances are if I am talking to you I am either drawing you or something from my surrounding at the same time. :)

I especially like ballpoint pens because they allow me to draw in extremely fine, almost microscopic lines but I can also get rougher and thicker with them as well.
Often for final art for print I would opt to redraw with a dipping pen and ink – or of course these days more and more using my Wacom Cintiq tablet display and all the various software packages at my disposal. But I think some of these drawings can absolutely stand on their own. I think I might even start scanning them in and then digitally coloring some of them.

Thanks for the visit and more soon!


Jessie the blind cocker spaniel

The Sad Man and the Sea

My name is Ian Marsden and I am an independent illustrator and cartoonist.
Please contact me directly at: [email protected]

Google Doodles – Sydney Olympics 2000

Video YouTube Presentation of the Google Doodles for the Sydney Olympics 2000
Uploaded by ArtOfDoodles
Artwork by Ian David Marsden | [email protected]

Google Doodle and the Olympic Summer Games 2000 in Sydney. These were the second Olympic Games on the Australian continent. 10.651 Athletes from 200 countries competed in 28 disciplines for olympic medals.

Ian David Marsden was the very first Google Doodle creator for Google.com starting in May 2000 with the abduction of the Google Logo by aliens and also designed the character of the Kangaroo Doodle which ran on Google during the Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.

The first Google Doodle – The first Google Doodle Artist

The first Google Doodle – The first Google Doodle Artist

Ian David Marsden was the very first Google Doodle artist.

Below a link to a Wall Street Journal article about the early days at Google.
If you scroll all the way down, you will get to the point where they mention me.

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GOOGLE – The Beginning

An insider recounts the early days: the bizarre job interview, April Fools’ pranks that enraged users, roller hockey, platters of sushi—and the uneasy leap to the mainstream.

LINK: Article Wall Street Journal

I was wrong. Sergey wasn’t convinced; he just didn’t like repeating himself. So he turned to marketing manager Susan Wojcicki, who found illustrator Ian Marsden and put him to work. In May 2000, Ian created the first Google doodle. It featured—surprise, surprise—aliens making off with our logo.

One of the very first Google Doodles by Ian Marsden

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My name is Ian Marsden and I am a freelance professional Illustrator Designer Flash Animator and Cartoonist
I am available for contract work. I look forward to hearing from you.
(Contact: [email protected])

From the Marsden Moleskine Dungeon

It’s been a while since I posted some scans from one of my lovely Moleskine sketchbooks.

Here is a recent double-page with completely pointless and absolutely not topic-related cartoons and doodles.

Double page of cartoon sketches from Ian Marsden’s Moleskine sketch book

Ballpoint Pen Telephone Doodle by Ian Marsden

When I am on the phone I am almost always doodling. Sometimes it’s just cubes and geometric 3D shapes, sometimes it’s plants growing all over the page and sometimes I just start a drawing without thinking. I have no idea what it’s going to end up being until I hang up the phone….

This example demonstrates this habit quite nicely:

Free Scribble Doodle