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]

Animated GIF – Schweizer Nationalfeiertag 1. August Feuerwerk

ERSTER AUGUST CARTOON

Animated GIF – Schweizer Nationalfeiertag 1. August Feuerwerk
Froher 1. August!!

Animated GIF Karikatur Animation Cartoon zum Ersten August
www.marsdencartoons.com

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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]

Pirate and Parrot: Realtime Cartoon Tutorial YouTube Video

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

Hi,
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. :)

Ian

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.
http://www.wacom.com/en/interests/featured-artists/ian-david-marsden#&panel1-1

And I have a bunch more tutorial videos if you are interested. You can view them here.
http://www.wacom.com/en/support/software-tutorials#tabpane2

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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]

Childrens Book Illustrator Ian David Marsden

Childrens Book Illustrator Ian David Marsden

Hi my name is Ian Marsden am looking for children’s book illustration assignments. Please contact me directly at: [email protected]

A gallery with samples of my children and youth oriented illustrations can be seen in my Flickr Gallery here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marsdencartoons/sets/72157627705730603/

The ‘Piggie-Catcher’ of Ham-elin
Children’s Book Illustration by artist Ian David Marsden

Der Schweinefänger von Ham-eln

Childrens Book Illustration by Ian Marsden
Kinderbuch Illustration
Children’s book 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 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]

Cartoon Art: Santa Claus and Rudolph (almost) meet Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

Santa Claus and Rudolph (almost) meet Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

This cartoon artwork was created the old-fashioned way. I sketched it out in pencil and then drew the line art with a dip pen with a Brause & Iserlohn nib and Pelikan Nr. 12 black ink.

The art was for my own personal family Holiday Card a few years back and at first I was going to have it printed in black and white. Later I decided to scan in the drawing and color it digitally.

I figured I could create a nice warm effect with the light from the fire place reflecting off the characters and create a warm, cozy, late night in a British Manor house.
I also thought it might be fun to really have Santa and the reindeers peeking out from the shadows.

Here is the initial line work:

Here is a video showing the process of coloring the artwork in layers in Corel Painter software.

Here is a detail of the final color (click to see enlarged version):

Sherlock Holmes, Watson meet Santa and Rudolph

By the way, the original artwork is now in Jerry Margolin’s collection of Sherlockian Art. You can read more about that, in an older blog entry.
http://blog.marsdencartoons.com/?p=412

I hope you enjoy this little peek at my process of creating a cartoon.
Thank you for visiting my blog as always – and Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!

Your pal, Ian

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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]

Dripbook Portfolio – Professional Illustrator and Cartoonist: Ian David Marsden

Dripbook Portfolio – Professional Illustrator and Cartoonist: Ian David Marsden

http://www.dripbook.com/marsdencartoons/

 

 

 

Ian Marsden’s Dripbook

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Art Demonstration: YouTube Video – Drawing a cartoon dog in airplane sketch and digital coloring in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro

Art Demonstration: YouTube Video – Drawing a cartoon dog in airplane sketch and digital coloring in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro

Ian David Marsden. Professional Illustrator, Designer, Cartoonist and Animator

in this brief YouTube video, Ian demonstrates how he creates a digital pencil sketch and colors it in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro software on his Wacom Cintiq interactive pen display.
The software he is using is Autodesk Sketchbook Pro on an Apple iMac IntelCore i7.

Sketchbook Pro Pencil Cartoon Sketch and coloring – Wacom Cintiq

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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]