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

Drawing a Cartoon In Mischief Software (Realtime YouTube Video)

Drawing a Cartoon In Mischief Software (Realtime YouTube Video)

I read about Mischief and liked the demonstration video on their website.
I thought it made sense and sounded like a really good idea to combine the power of vector art with a painterly quality and also to have a sort of free and unrestrictive feeling in a drawing program.
The unlimited canvas seemed like a wonderful idea also – and the way you can output any selected area as a file. Anyway, I am not going to list all the things about it that seemed great, why don’t you try it out yourself.
I was quite impressed by my initial test and can definitely imagine Mischief becoming an integral part of my sketching, layout, storyboarding and freehand drawing process. As it develops I am certain many more cool features will be added.
Personally, I can recommend it.
Find out more about mischief here:
The following cartoon sketch was filmed with Snapz Pro X software on my Wacom Cintiq 21UX. I am working on an Intel Core i7 iMac.

Laurel and Hardy Bronze Commemorative Plaque – Way Out West Tent Sons of the Desert – Culver Hotel

The Bronze Laurel and Hardy commemorative plaque designed by Ian David Marsden Way Out West Tent of the “Sons of the Desert” Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy appreciation society

Located opposite the Culver Studios on the Culver Hotel building in downtown Culver City, Los Angeles.

“With the sun setting out on Main Street, activities moved inside the Culver Hotel lobby where the evening’s program was to take place. During the cocktail hour, three films which prominently featured the Culver Hotel were shown: 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926), Leave ‘Em Laughing (1928), and We Faw Down (1928). At the conclusion of the films, a plaque was dedicated commemorating several of the films that Laurel & Hardy shot at this location. Past Way Out West Grand Sheik John Duff said a few words before the plaque was unveiled by Jimmy Wiley Jr. The plaque was designed by artist Ian Marsden.”

Link to Way out West Tent / Sons of the Desert Website

Bronze plaque designed by Ian Marsden for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy appreciation society - Culver Hotel, downtown Culver City

Shortly after city founder Harry Culver opened the landmark Culver Hotel it appeared in several films throughout the ‘golden age of comedy’. Producer Hal Roach featured the building in his ‘Our Gang’, ‘Charley Chase’ and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy comedies. The hotel is particularily prominent in his films “Putting Pants on Philip” and “Leave ‘em Laughin’” with Laurel and Hardy. Placed by the way out west tent of the sons of the desert 2003.

Ian David Marsden the artist who designed the plaque also designed the ‘Duke’s Place’ logo and mural, trompe l’oeil design for lobby walls and bar at the Culver Hotel which were executed by mural painter Ramiro Fauve. (

Several large pop art canvases by Ian David Marsden were also hanging in the main hotel restaurant.


Whiteboard Videoscribe Videos in Deutscher Sprache
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Haben Sie ein Produkt oder ein Konzept welches Sie einem breiten Publikum auf eine visuell interessante und einprägendeArt vorstellen möchten? Ich kann für Sie eine solche Präsentation erfinden, schreiben, im Storyboard aufgliedern und mitmassgeschneiderten Illustrationen versehen. Für TV Spots, Homepage, YouTube, Facebook, Seminare. Whiteboard ist der Renner!

Während der Sprecher / die Sprecherin redet, zeichnet und schreibt die Hand des Künstlers und verbildlicht und unterstreichtwas im Dialog erklärt wird. Weil die Hand sich immer bewegt, bleibt der Zuschauer interessiert und klickt nicht weg.

Konzepte welche vielleicht auf Papier oder als PowerPoint etwas trocken, technisch oder kompliziert erscheinen,
können auf diese Weise leicht verständlich und einprägend, frisch und visuell interessant präsentiert werden.

Die finale Videopräsentation wird in den USA von einem professionellen Studio in voller 1920 x 1080 HD Auflösung gedreht.
Die Hand des Zeichners gestaltet und schreibt jedes einzelne Element vor den Augen des Zuschauers.

Der Illustrations-Stil und die Stimmung können je nach Produkt und Anwendung ganz verschieden sein. Von lustig,humorvoll und Comic Stil bis hin zu sehr sauber und elegant. Bitte sehen Sie sich das Porfolio von Ian Marsden an.

Alle Storyboards und Illustrationen werden von Ian D. Marsden persönlich gezeichnet. Skizzen und Illustrationenwerden vom Kunden visiert und freigegeben bevor die Reinzeichnungsphase und Video-Produktion beginnen.

Kontaktieren Sie bitte Ian Marsden: [email protected] für weitere Details
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