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Whiteboard Animation and Illustration by Ian David Marsden

Custom Whiteboard Explainer Video Production for YOUR company
Created by an Experienced Internationally Published Illustrator and Cartoonist

Please contact me directly for a free consultation and quote. You can reach me on my mobile phone at
+33 (0)6 42 49 82 11* or by e-mail at ian@marsdenillustration.com

Who is Ian David Marsden?

I sold my first cartoons to a “real” magazine at age 16.

I have lived, studied and worked in Switzerland, France, The United States and Barbados (West Indies).

I have had the wonderful fortune of being able to choose my passion and make it my profession, managing to live from my artwork, and sustain my lovely wife and three daughters (plus a plethora of cats and dogs over the years).

There are a few projects I was involved in that stand out, but I probably derive the most ‘street cred’ – especially in the modern digital age – from the fact that I drew the very first Google Doodle, and then every single one after that for over a year back in 1999.

I have had the pleasure of working with many clients, editors, and publishers and I am undeniably a die-hard pro with a healthy amount of experience.

Here is a link to my biography page. It features a partial client list and some kind testimonials from people I had the pleasure of collaborating with.

Link: Ian Marsden – Biography Page.

Why my Whiteboard Videos?

What makes my videos so special? Why entrust me with your video?

Every video I create for my clients is hand-crafted and bespoke. They are made with care and precision but without the Savile Row price-tag.

No clip-art or stock art. No re-usable characters, faces, elements or scenery are ever used. Not a single line is created by scribing video software, as used by the many low-rent video mills that are sadly out there, churning out rather sad looking cookie cutter videos.No Clipart or Recycled ArtFee-wise I am somewhere in the middle of the field. Quality wise I deliver a very high standard with a unique and recognizable style.

My videos stand up to comparisons to the big production houses, but without the three-month waiting period and the five-digit price tag.

A very high production value with fair flat-rate pricing (no surprises with extra hours or overtime) is my goal.World Class IllustrationRight from the beginning, I can be of assistance to suggest clever, fun, amusing or unusual ideas – in case you aren’t set on a script or story yet. If you have a finished script, as I work on the storyboard artwork, I might have a few visual suggestions that could fit very well and enhance your written words.

Once a rough script has been approved, I create a rough storyboard/layout of the video, so that we can go over the scenes before any sound is recorded or any ink is spilled on final illustrations.

Needless to say during the entire production, you will be dealing and interacting with me personally, not assistants or members of my team.

Likewise, I guarantee that the final artwork, based on the approved storyboard, will be hand-drawn by me personally.

Tailor Made Whiteboard Explainer Videos

Are there others who are cheaper?

Absolutely and most definitely.

You can find somebody on sites like ‘Fiver’ who will make you a video for a few pennies. But that is precisely what they will look like as well.

I am in no way even trying to match up against such “competition”. They represent an entirely different market segment.

Just like an experienced tailor, carpenter or stone mason, what I would like to offer you, is a finely crafted and exclusive product at a fair price.

Hence I will also not enter into any bidding wars against other producers.

Let’s look at some samples!


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Click the left or right arrows in the slideshow below
and then VIEW MORE to play the video you would like to watch
Or click on the YouTube Videos below.

Video Playlist: Ian David Marsden Whiteboard Videos


The World is not Flat – Max Curious Agency, New York City – October 2016


Playing / Growing – Max Curious Agency, New York City – October 2016


We Are What We Are – Max Curious Agency, New York City – October 2016


Digades (Germany) Dfreeeze Remote Control Car Heater App – 2015


Sens Digital, Montpellier, France – Click and Collect (French Language) – 2015

What art styles are available?

Many different styles can be used in a whiteboard video.

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Even though the predominant style is a more loosely sketched black and white art style, often with a line quality that resembles markers or chalk, the line art can also be very clean and highly detailed.

Often a bit of color is added here or there: a company spot color perhaps and maybe some gray shading, but it can also be completely in color as well.

The strongest social media tool: Whiteboard VIdeos

As a matter of fact, any style you see in the various pages of my portfolio (LINK) can be used in your video.
Marsden Art Portfolio: http://marsdenillustration.com/portfolio/

The video can be cute, funny or also very clean and business like, depending on your message and your target audience.

Tell your companies story with a fun whiteboard explainer video

Animation Style:

All kinds of animation styles are at your disposal.

There is, of course, the traditional “drawing hand” and also the “flat hand” that can slide elements in and out, move the whole image, and zoom in and out to add more to the artwork as it develops. Also, the hand can write titles or certain text passages from the voiceover to stress their importance or slide in speech bubbles.

Parts of the artwork can also just appear, fade in or “pop” in with a little wobble and a sound effect.

Once the drawings are in place they can also be individually animated just like in cartoon animation. For example, a character’s face can wink or smile. Hands and arms can move. Wheels on vehicles can spin, clouds can drift by. The sun can rise behind the skyline

Complicated or dry material becomes clear and fun

To spill the beans on my production process, the hands you see in my videos are not actually my hands.

First of all, I am left-handed. Second of all, if we were to sit me down and film me drawing all of these drawings it would take a lot more time to produce.

The hands are added by a professional video studio in editing software such as Adobe After Effects. This is quite usual these days in whiteboard production and it also ensures that the artwork on the screen will look exactly like the artwork I presented to you for approval before we animate.

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Side note: If you would like me to appear in person and draw something live at an event or if you would like it to be ME who is filmed while drawing, this can be arranged.

I am very capable of drawing in a real-time live environment and in front of audiences, with markers on whiteboards or paper behind or next to a speaker or digitally on computer tablets or pen displays that can be beamed onto a projection surface during an event.

This would entail a period of preproduction to elaborate the scenes for the presentation so that we are prepared and know how the presentation is supposed to unfold timing-wise. Costs would include travel expenses (business class), hotel and walking-around expenses as well as a day rate to be discussed.

The camera and lighting setup would also have to be organized by your team.

script-marsden-greyIdea / Script / Concept:

Sometimes my clients have a ready-to-go script and they just want me to illustrate what is written on the pages they send me.

Even if you have a finished script, as I work on the storyboard artwork, I might have a few visual suggestions that could fit very well and enhance your written words. Let me know if you would like me to be part of the content creation, or not.

Other times my clients know they want to produce a video. They realize what an amazing advantage it is to have a custom video that covers all the main points of the idea they want to convey to their audience in a fun, interesting and effective way, over and over again, on the web, at meetings, at exhibitions, fairs, trade-shows or lectures, without having to repeat it over and over again themselves.

They see the potential of having such an amazing tool but they simply don’t know how to condense the material or translate it to a visual language, simplify it and make it more approachable perhaps, and yes maybe add a little bit of light humor or some visual gags to make the presentation more enjoyable.

This is no problem at all. I am very used to it and I consider it part of my “job”.

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We begin with an initial (free) consultation on the phone or a video conference on Skype or Facetime, during which you will brief me on what you envision. We might even bounce some ideas around right then and there.

I will then commence a first concept draft with a few highlighting scribbles of how the visuals might unfold. This may be revised several times until we reach a version we like.

Once we are happy with the script, I will create a scene by scene storyboard. 

Weibliche und Männliche Sprecher in verschiedenen Sprachen für Whiteboard VideosSound / Voiceover:

I generally recommend having a musical soundtrack in the background that reflects the mood of the presentation.

It makes the unfolding story even more fun and easy to watch and it goes hand-in-hand with the unfolding drawings and animation.

Your music will be purchased by you directly from Royalty Free music websites who offer large libraries of music to choose from. The license will be in your name so you/your company have licensed the rights.

I can present you with a selection of music that I think would be a good fit, or else if you already have music in mind you can go ahead and license it and provide us with the track you have selected.

Bear in mind it needs to be either a repeating loop or else it must have the right length to match the video.

You can choose voice actors and record the voice-over yourself and provide me with the audio track files which the video needs to be matched to, or else I can also offer you the full voice production as part of my flat rate package.

Speakers can be male or female, represent different age groups and can be provided in many languages. One thing to bear in mind is that we can easily produce the same video in several languages for you at the same time. For any voice recording, you must provide a DEFINITIVE script in the chosen language(s), which you have approved and of which you are certain that it is an accurate translation or representation of what you want to convey in the video. I cannot be responsible for translation mistakes or errors in the voice-tracks that stem from the original script.

The voiceover will be recorded according to approved scripts and any changes made after the recording would be considered additional work.

Usage Rights:


Unlimited worldwide usage rights for the video are included in my quoted fee. Unlimited worldwide usage rights for my artwork in the video as part of the video are also included. This means you can show the video as many times as you want, anywhere you want, on your website, on YouTube, the Internet in general, Television, Cinemas, Congresses, Fair- or Tradeshows. On as many screens as you like.

Is it possible to use the artwork or characters from the videos as a whole or in part as still images* (*other than thumbnail images of scenes from the video) on the web, in print, in advertising campaigns, in packaging or merchandising?

Yes, absolutely, this is possible. However, such usage rights are NOT included in my flat rate fee for video production and need to be negotiated and agreed to separately. Please let me know what you have in mind and I will gladly give you a quote. For such uses, I will also provide you with high resolution or vector artwork which is geared specifically for print purposes and is scaled to the dimensions required.

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What are the usual production steps of a Whiteboard Video?

These are the usual phases of production, in the order in which they are completed.
script-marsden-greyStep 1: Idea / Concept / Storyboard

Development of the story together with the client, brainstorming, ideas / concept phase, writing the definitive dialogue and animation script (what is happening, when is it happening), sketches / scribbles / layout, creating a storyboard in the form of pencil sketches matching the written dialogue and showing the rough look and placement of the artwork.

Two (2) revision phases of the scribbles / storyboard according to customer feedback as needed are included.

The script is definitive after written approval by the customer and cannot be changed after phase 1.

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Step 2: Final artwork

During this production phase, I create all the final artwork (inking, coloring if applicable) of all the scenes that were approved by the client at the end of Phase 1.

One (1) revision phase of final art is included if anything is missing or was overlooked. In most cases, this is not necessary as the artwork will always reflect exactly what the layout/storyboard art showed.
This artwork will now go to animation and cannot be changed after client approval.

Weibliche und Männliche Sprecher in verschiedenen Sprachen für Whiteboard VideosStep 3: Music Choice and Voice Recording

Selection and approval of a “voice” by the client. Sound recording of the approved script/dialogue from Phase 1 in all the languages required.

One (1) Revision or re-recording is included in case there are certain passages that need to be corrected.

 

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Step 4: Video Production and Animation

The video goes into the animation studio, where the hand drawing and sliding animation and other animation effects are created to the precise shooting script and matching the voiceover.

Effects, titles, credits, and logos can also be added as required. Output as HD Video in 1920 x 1080.

One (1) Revision phase is included in case anything needs to be corrected.

Step 5: “And the Oscar goes to…”

Your video is ready to be presented to the world.

Please contact me directly
for a free consultation and quote.
You can reach me on my mobile phone at
+33 (0)6 42 49 82 11* or by e-mail at ian@marsdenillustration.com

I very much look forward to discussing your project with you further.

Sincerely,

Ian David Marsden
www.marsdenillustration.com

* I am based in southern France, so I am on Central European time. I regularly work with international clients including
on both coasts of the United States and the time-difference has never been an issue.

Below you will find some more FAQ you might find interesting:

Confidentiality (NDA)



The Illustrator acknowledges that during the course of completing the Job and creating the Designs, Illustrator will have access to and become acquainted with various product concepts, trade secrets, inventions, innovations, processes, information, records, specifications and other Confidential Information (as defined in the NDA) owned or licensed by Client. Illustrator agrees that he will not disclose any Confidential Information, directly or indirectly, or use any Confidential Information in any manner, either during the term of this Agreement or at any time thereafter, except as required in the course of this engagement with Client.

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How long does a video production normally take?

I can only give you an accurate timing estimate when I know how many scenes the video contains, how many illustrations there are in each scene, how complicated the illustrations are and how long the video will be (a rule of thumb : one page of written script is usually equivalent to one minute of dialogue).

It also depends on the timely response and feedback of the client during each phase and how many revision phases there are.

Nevertheless, I can give you this rough estimate based on my previous experience:

Phase 1: Idea / Concept / Storyboard – with revisions = 2 – 5 working days
Phase 2: Final artwork – with revisions = 2 – 10 working days
Phase 3: Music Choice and Voice Recording = 1 – 3 working days
Phase 4: Video Production and Animation = 3 – 6 working days


Wie lange dauert die Produktion eines Explainer Videos? Wie Schnell kann ein Scribing Video gemacht werden?

 

 Can’t we speed this up a bit? We are in a terrible hurry.

Yes, it is possible to accelerate the entire production. I have previously created whole videos from A to Z in one week.

Cost wise there would be an applicable rush job factor of x 1.5 for night work and a factor of x 2 for weekend work.

If you mention the short deadline at the start I will give you a flat rate estimate that will include the rush job.


Delivery Schedule:

All dates and time schedules are contingent upon prompt project commencement and timely Client’s input as required. If the client does not get back to the illustrator with required feedback, information or approvals in a timely manner, the deadline will need to be modified or adjusted.

Was kostet ein Explainer Video? Wie teuer ist ein Scribing Video? What is the cost of a video?

Here again I cannot give you a precise estimate until I know how many scenes the video contains, how many illustrations there are in each scene, how complicated the illustrations are and how long the video will be in general as well as some other factors like how many voice actors are there, how many languages are we recording, how many different video cuts need to be made?

Please contact me for a free consultation and I will send you a precise and binding estimate

 

 

Billing and Invoicing information:

The fee is invoiced in two halves. Payable by bank transfer or PayPal.

50% upon signing of the contract and

50% upon delivery of the finished artwork.

Final payment is always due on delivery of the final artwork. The Illustrator will deliver low-resolution JPEGs of the artwork / low-resolution videos on completion for Client’s final approval.

Once final payment has cleared in the Illustrator’s account, the Illustrator will e-mail a link where the Client can download the high-resolution artwork, videos and all files and assets as agreed to and outlined in the project estimate / contract.

Please be aware that the Illustrator is an independent, self-employed artist and does NOT invoice on a 30 day, 60 day or 90 day payment basis.

The grant of any license or usage rights is conditioned on receipt of full payment.
A 2% monthly service charge will be billed for late payment.

The first 50% becomes non-refundable when Phase 1 Storyboard, Sketches, and Layouts have been completed.

Grant of Rights

The transfer of usage rights and/or the grant of any reproduction rights as listed in the estimate / contract are conditioned on receipt of full payment.
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Revisions / Changes


Revisions not due to the fault of the Illustrator shall be billed separately. The Illustrator reserves the right to adjust the rates of the project should the scope of the job or amount of work to be done be increased significantly. 2 Revision phases are included in the sketching phase, 1 revision phase if needed is included in the final art phase and the video production phase. Any revisions beyond these will be billed at a rate of 100 Euro per hour or part thereof.

If the Client changes the brief and requires subsequent changes, additions or variations which substantially change the nature of the commission or brief as outlined in the estimate, this will be considered a new project and is subject to a new separate estimate. Fees applied to the original project will not be applied to the new project.

 

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Illustration Newsletter July 2016 Ian David Marsden

 


Hello dear visitors to my blog,

What I love most of all about my profession as an illustrator and designer, is that I get to be creative in all kinds of different areas and I never really know what’s coming next.

Below, I have put together a selection of some of the fun projects I have recently worked on. I hope you enjoy it.

Before we get started let me wish you a wonderful summer, and just in case you are working during the summer months, it might comfort you to know that you are not alone. I will be doing the same.

I am not going away this year and can be reached in my studio both in July and August and can assist you with any illustration needs that may arise. 

All the very best and here now my latest news…

Ian 

PS: My portfolio has been completely updated with brand new work, so if you haven’t visited my homepage in a while, please have a look.

Categories are: My Sketchbook | Google Doodles | Advertising and Business Illustration | Editorial Illustration | Comics and Cartoons | RITZENHOFF | Children’s Book Illustration | Logo and Character Design | Packaging Designs 

So, what HAVE I been up to in the past months? Well…

I got to be WILD!…


Tribal style vector animals for poster art.

I got to be STRONG!…


Two new Coffee Love Cappuccino Cups with saucers have been added to my RITZENHOFF Design Collection.

http://marsdenillustration.com/portfolio/ritzenhoff/

I got to PIMP AN INTRANET!…
For Hermes Paketversand


I was a SUPERHERO! (and a SUPER VILLAIN)…
For Stadtwerke Wedel


I got to be SILLY…


I added a gallery of my personal sketches and doodles to my homepage.

Ian’s personal sketchbooks and moleskines

I got to be “FAMOUS!” 😎…


I started my own Instagram feed with snapshots, sketches and doodles.

It’s been up for only a few months and I am delighted that I already have over 2200 wonderful people who are interested enough in my tomfoolery, to follow my feed.

If you are also an instagrammer, come on over and join the fun.
https://www.instagram.com/marsdenillustration/

I got to be CLASSY and SOPHISTICATED!… 


My lovely wife Sheryl Marsden has founded a shop called Love French Linen featuring gorgeous linen items from the south of France (where we live).

What could be more appropriate than to use her very own in-house creative department for her photography and logo needs?

Even our dog “Watson” now features prominently in several images as the Love French Linen dog. Undoubtedly he will start his very own newsletter soon, when his modelling career takes off. 😊

Sheryl did a wonderful job and put a lot of thought and care into her linen collection. Please have a look and forward to your friends who might be interested in French linens for bedroom, dining roombathroom and kitchen.

I hope you enjoyed some of the updates and I thank you for your interest.

Please visit my illustration portfolio:
My Sketchbook | Google Doodles | Advertising and Business Illustration | Editorial Illustration | Comics and Cartoons | RITZENHOFF | Children’s Book Illustration | Logo and Character Design | Packaging Designs 







 

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News from Illustrator Ian David Marsden

 

News and Updates from Illustrator Ian Marsden


The few months since my last update have been highly active and interesting.

I have had the pleasure of welcoming several new clients and collaborating, drawing and generally being creative on many fun new projects.

Here are a few brief highlights of what I have been up to.

PUBLISHING

I welcomed Richmond Publishing / Santillana as new clients and had the wonderful opportunity of creating a series of illustrations for educational materials.

CLICK HERE for my full portfolio.

DESIGN & LICENSING

I am very pleased to announce that I have added a 6th object bearing the Marsden signature to the Design Collection for renowned German glasswork manufacturer  RITZENHOFF 

My latest creation is a 50 cl Beer Glass featuring a little Viking Character who appears to be quite ready for action (or at least ready for another refreshing pint).


http://marsdenillustration.com/portfolio/ritzenhoff/

ADVERTISING

Another new client I had the pleasure of welcoming is digades.

I was entrusted with the task of creating a series of illustrations for print ads and posters showing the efficiency and ease of use of their new dfreeeze app, with which you can remote control your car heater from your smart phone.

https://www.dfreeeze.de/winter

I also produced 2 Whiteboard Scribing videos in English and in German for the dfreeze product using the same characters and illustrations. (see below)


WHITEBOARD VIDEOS

English and German Language Whiteboard Scribing Explainer Video produced for digades and their dfreeeze app explain the dfreeeze app and how it works in a playful yet elegant way.

English Video: http://youtu.be/9rn4cujsVNs

German Video: http://youtu.be/jIWmPaZ5n0A

More about Whiteboard Explainer Videos: http://marsdenillustration.com/whiteboard/


WEB AND INTERACTIVE

I had a lot of fun with this recent assignment for GMX.net, for which I was invited to design a series of animated GIF Greeting cards for various occasions such as Halloween, Christmas and the New Year.

https://navigator.gmx.net/
(a GMX account is required to access the cards)

PERSONAL PROJECTS

Last but not least I was able to complete some personal projects and I created and uploaded some new tutorial videos for my own personal YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/idmars10

In this latest series of videos I show how I draw on my Wacom Cintiq pen display, which has become an invaluable tool for me, in Adobe Illustrator software.

I demonstrate how I create vector line art for various Halloween characters such as a Jack-O-Lantern, a Witch/Vampire Lady and a Werewolf. In a separate video I also show how I color a cartoon illustration of Santa Claus


Well that about wraps up this little news update. Thank you for your interest.

My name is Ian Marsden and I am an independent illustrator, cartoonist, designer and animator and I am available for new projects.

My full portfolio and a short bio, client list and testimonials can be viewed on my homepage
http://marsdenillustration.com

More frequent updates about what I am currently working on can be seen on my Blog.

I also have an artist page on Facebook as Ian David Marsden
Of course I would be delighted if you LIKE my page.
https://www.facebook.com/IanDavidMarsden


Thank you very much for your interest in my work. I really appreciate it.

Best regards,

 

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Professional independent illustrator and cartoonist at your service

Professional independent illustrator, designer, animator and cartoonist at your service

Hi, my name is Ian Marsden and I am an independent freelance illustrator, designer and cartoonist.

I work in various styles and I specialize in such areas as vector digital art, advertising illustration, graphics for business and educational use, character design, logo design, mascot design as well as caricature and cartoons.

The enclosed poster shows you a small example of the range of styles and areas of expertise I work in.

Please visit my portfolio on my website at http://www.marsdenillustration.com for more art samples and the latest up to date projects.

My illustration portfolio is divided into several categories:

GOOGLE DOODLES  |  ADVERTISING ILLUSTRATION | EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION | RITZENHOFF DESIGN COLLECTION | BUSINESS ILLUSTRATION | LOGO AND CHARACTER DESIGN | CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION | CARTOONS and COMICS

I also specialize in producing and illustrating Whiteboard Scribing Explainer Videos. Here is a YouTube channel with some samples.

Please call me at +33 6 42 49 82 11 or e-mail me for a free estimate and to discuss your project.

This is where you can find my LinkedIn Profile: fr.linkedin.com/in/idmarsden/

I look forward to hearing from you,
Ian David Marsden

Independent illustrator and cartoonist Ian Marsden

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Cartoon Dogs Doggie Character Designs by Marsden

Doggies by Marsden
Cute Dog Character Designs

King Dog, Dog running with bone, King dog with napkin, crown, knife and fork, waiter dog with tray and bone.

These are some cute, cartoon dogs and character designs by artist Ian David Marsden for licensing and merchandising.

Vector Artwork created in Adobe Illustrator.

Full Portfolio here: http://marsdenillustration.com/portfolio/

Bio Ian Marsden English | Bio Ian Marsden Français | Bio Ian Marsden Deutsch

http://www.marsdenillustration.com
All characters are © Copyright 2014 Ian David Marsden and may not be used in any way without written permission.

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All artwork © Copyright 2014 by Ian David Marsden
More information about Ian, a brief biography, some testimonials and a client list can be found HERE.

Contact Ian Marsden for a free quote for your project: E-mail

Bio Ian Marsden English | Bio Ian Marsden Français | Bio Ian Marsden Deutsch

 

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