Paw Prints

Paw Prints

(Click on the above image to see it original size)

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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]

Santa Claus Holiday Card Illustration in a bright fun drawing style

Santa Claus illustration in a bright fun slightly old-fashioned or retro style
Artist: Ian David Marsden | I am available for freelance assignments: [email protected]

Santa Claus riding a big rig truck full of brightly colored presents and a christmas tree.

This festive holiday illustration was created for an automobile and truck related magazine publication. I can of course create similar, custom commissioned pieces of art for your personal or family holiday card or for your business, company or corporate seasonal greeting material. I can come up with original ideas and concepts, then provide you with rough sketches and concepts (or storyboards in case of animation) and finally deliver finished artwork ready for print, web, e-mail campaigns or animated and interactive holiday e-cards or greetings or YouTube videos. Please contact me to discuss the possibilities and receive a free estimate. Thank you. [email protected]

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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