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]

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

Haunted Hollywood Tours – Vector illustration art and website design

Haunted Hollywood Tours
“Don’t miss the ultimate adventure in Hollywood!”

This was a really fun project, almost a dream project one could say, at least for me. I got to create a vector illustration version of a classic Cadillac, but I also got to create characters for Charles Manson, Frankenstein’s Bride, Michael Jackson as a zombie from the ‘Thriller’ video, Frankenstein’s monster and the Wolfman with a little Marilyn Monroe in the background! And all this for the classic “Haunted Hollywood Tours” which has become a fixture in Los Angeles. You depart from outside Grauman’s Chinese Theaters and visit all kinds of haunted and spooky places all over Hollywood.

I also designed the entire website and the logos as well. The main illustration was created as 100% vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator CS5 and I tried to stay true to the original while also giving them a classic comic book and clean line art look.
I am rather happy with the end result and I believe so was the client.

Illustrator / Designer: Ian David Marsden
http://blog.marsdencartoons.com
Contact: [email protected]
Client: Haunted Hollywood Tours, Hollywood, California

Haunted Hollywood Tours - Illustration and Design

Haunted Hollywood Tours – Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

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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

Custom Designed Flash Holiday E-Card for Corporate Client EcoForests

Custom Designed Flash Holiday E-Card for Corporate Client EcoForests
Concept, storyboard, character and background vector illustration and assets, flash animation output for web and YouTube video

Custom designed according to customer requests and specifications
by Ian David Marsden | I am available for freelance contract work. Please contact me: [email protected]
http://blog.marsdencartoons.com

This fun and relatively simple Ecard greeting for the Holidays was designed in Adobe Illustrator and animated in Adobe Flash for use on websites, in an e-mail campaign and also as video for use on YouTube and other video based social media sites.
A high resolution or resolution independent (vector) print version could also be created so that you printed holiday greeting card matches or supplements your animated or interactive flash holiday card.

If you are on a Flash enabled computer or device you can click on THIS LINK to see the final animation. Since it was completely vector based the file size of the .swf file is very light (58K).

http://ecoforests.ca/ecoforest.swf

If you are on an iphone or a non-flash environment or device that does not support Adobe flash here is a YouTube video of the animation to give you an idea.
Please bear in mind that the image quality here is compressed and it does not reflect the clarity and high definition of the actual vector art and flash animation.

©2011 EcoForests and Ian Marsden
Design/Animation by Ian Marsden

Schön! Magazine Issue 2 – Illustrations by Ian D. Marsden Page 202 – 206

The new issue of Schön! Magazine (Issue 2) has just come out and it features two nice double pages with my illustration work.

Apart from that I think the whole magazine looks fantastic, and there are many other amazing artists and photographers featured, so I am very honored to be in such amazing company.

Thank you to all at Schön! magazine for including my artwork in your second issue and all the best and good luck with the launch party and with the magazine!


Link > Schön! Magazine Issue 2

Schön! Magazine Issue 2

Schön! Magazine Issue 2