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Inktober 20 – 2017 – « Deep »

My inktober pen drawing for today. Following the prompt list, today’s word is


Pen on paper and later added digital watercolor with Wacom Cintiq Display in Adobe Photoshop CC2018

Pen drawing video on instragram here:

Digital coloring video on instragam here:

Ian David Marsden



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New artwork in my sketchbook gallery

New artwork in my sketchbook gallery

Old School Cartoon Original - Dip Pen and India Ink, Ecoline Watercolors


I just uploaded a selection of recent sketches and pen and ink artwork to my sketchbook gallery.
I hope you enjoy them. These are all created with pen and ink, ballpoint pen, pencils and other traditional methods. I do sometimes scan them and color them in photoshop, but most of these are also colored with watercolor, ecoline and aquarelle / goache.

These are all just fun, free drawings that I like to do sometimes to relax and clear my mind. These were not commissioned. Often I don’t even know what it will be when I start drawing.
I guess since I am working in digital art programs with my Wacom Cintiq most of the time, these little exercises also s to show myself that I still know how to do it “old-school”. 😊

Please don’t forget that I also have an Instagram channel which I update almost daily with new doodles, sketches and drawing videos.

Ian David Marsden's Sketchbook

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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…


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.

For Hermes Paketversand

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.


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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Live Sketching a Dragon in Autodesk SketchBookPro 6

Live Sketching a Dragon in Autodesk SketchBookPro 6

Artist, illustrator and Cartoonist Ian David Marsden, live drawing video
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This is a brief video in which I am live sketching a cartoon dragon lady in Autodesk Sketch Book Pro 6 software on my Wacom Cintiq 21UX.

Ian David Marsden real-time dragon sketch from Ian Marsden on Vimeo.

Dragon Lady Vimeo Ian David Marsden

For other videos of me drawing and sketching please visit my Vimeo and YouTube channels.

Drawing a dragon lady in SketchBook Pro software. This is just a rough sketch.

Ian David Marsden

From time to time I will post short videos and tutorials of how I work in various software suites.
I hope you enjoy them.

Ian Marsden


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

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