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]

Doggies by Marsden – Cute cartoon dog character designs

Doggies by Marsden
Cute Dog character designs by Ian David Marsden

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

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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Computer Games – Comic Book Illustration

Computer Games

Comic Book Illustration
by Ian David Marsden
© 2013

© 2013 Ian David Marsden Illustrator

© 2013
Ian David Marsden





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Marsden Design “Kitchen Farm” collection for RITZENHOFF coming October 2013

Ian David Marsden Designer
“Kitchen Farm” collection for RITZENHOFF

Available October 2013

I am delighted to have been invited and selected as a designer to contribute to the RITZENHOFF Design collection and I feel honored to join the ranks of current and past Ritzenhoff Designers, an impressive who’s who of the international design world.

My first four designs consist of the following set of four:

A “sugar bird“, a “salt pig” and a small “bunny” herb jar and larger “cow” herb jar in the “Kitchen Farm” series.

Ian David Marsden RITZENHOFF

RITZENHOFF is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of beverage glasses, glass objects and components. Innovative designs have become the hallmark of the annual Ritzenhoff Collection, a tabletop fashion trendsetter.

Since 1810, porcelain, ceramics and glass have been our passion. Within these over 200 years of our existence, we have gained greatest expertise and have long since been one of the leading suppliers of tableware products as well as kitchen and home accessories.

My name is Ian David Marsden and I am an independent designer and illustrator. I am available for freelance projects and art licensing.

I designed the first Google Doodles, created the official mascot for the FIS Alpine Ski World Championship 2003 in St. Moritz and also characters and mascots for the main event and all the arteplages of Expo.02 as well as various other clients. I have designed logos and crests for La Toya Jackson and companies world-wide and work as an illustrator in various styles with creative- and art-directors, art-buyers, advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, educational- young adult- and children’s book publishers, and various corporate and business clients on their external and internal communication.

I would love to have an informal chat with you about your projects as well. You can contact me directly at: [email protected]

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

Please contact me directly at [email protected]

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