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]

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
http://www.marsdencartoons.com

independent Freelance Illustrator and Cartoonist Ian D. Marsden

Please contact me directly at [email protected]

CV + Partial Client list: http://marsdencartoons.com/english/about.htm
PDF Portfolio Download: http://marsdencartoons.com/english/PDF.htm
News and Latest Projects: http://blog.marsdencartoons.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IanDavidMarsden

Cartoon Illustration: “Yo Precario” A man wearing a chocolate bar costume in Barcelona, Spain – Illustration by Ian David Marsden

Cartoon Illustration for a newspaper article about the book ‘Yo Precario’ by Javier Lopéz Menacho

Vector Illustration created in Adobe Illustrator

by artist Ian David Marsden
blog.marsdencartoons.com

for an article in the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper about the book
YO PRECARIO by Javier Lopéz Menacho
published Sunday, August 18. 2013

(click on small image below to see larger versions)Chocolate Bar Costume Barcelona

 

A man wearing a chocolate bar advertising costume walking through the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain

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
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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]