In this gallery I would like to show some concept illustrations I had the pleasure to create in 2015 for Lindt Chocolate.Read more →
(with YouTube Video Radio Interview with Mascot Designer Ian Marsden)
I had the distinct pleasure back in 2002 of being contacted by the organization for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in the renowned pristine alpine resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland. I had been chosen to design the official mascot for the event.
This character design was my first foray into the world of mascot designs and logo character design and opened the door for many subsequent projects I was invited to participate in.Read more →
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.
My second Google Doodle was Google Doodle II – Founding Father’s BBQ and Fireworks for the 4th of July.
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. 🙂
(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.
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
All artwork by Ian David Marsden
More information about Ian, a brief biography, some testimonials and a client list can be found HERE.
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As an experienced character designer for over 20 years, I have had the great pleasure of accompanying my clients in their search for a dynamic ambassador for their brand or event and creating a design that fit like a glove.
Character Design, Mascot Design, Avatars, Layered People Illustrations for Animation
#mascots #maskottchen #mascottes #characterdesign #sympathiefigur
Please find some examples below in the attached images and in this PDF compilation which you can download here:Read more →
Custom Exclusive Artwork based on your instructions and photographs – (people or animals) by award-winning international artist. A highly unique and personal gift for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations. You receive an original hand inked and painted piece of art.Read more →
I get a lot of requests for clip-art or stock-art images.
I have made over 900 illustrations available as stock art.
They are available for licensing and download directly through the interface.
(… and SUPER HEROES)
Avatars and character designs to be used in print, motion graphics, whiteboard videos, or explainer videos. Detailed and shaded in different styles or flat line art and vector graphics. Delivered on layers ready for import into your layout software or Premiere or After Effects.Read more →
Custom Designed Whiteboard Videos
Custom-made white board videos, by internationally published experienced illustrator and cartoonist Ian David Marsden.
Cartoons sold to MAD Magazine, The New Yorker and many more.
Illustrations for international business clients and advertising campaigns.
Logos and Mascot Designs for large scale events like the Ski World Championship 2003 in St. Moritz, Switzerland
and designer of the very first Google Doodles.
I am very excited. I have just received my first proof copy of my new graphic novel “Marvin” from my publisher Schiffer Books.Read more →
Vital Mushroom Video Series from Harvest to Production for Hawlik Gesundheitsprodukte GmbH
I had the great pleasure of adapting a series of texts for Hawlik Gesundheitsprodukte GmbH about the harvesting and production phases of their high-quality vital mushroom products and adapt them to short videos with elegant water color illustrations and pleasing voice overs.Read more →
Google Doodles down Memory Lane
Google is celebrating their 20-year existence!
I was delighted and honored that I got a shoutout in the recent “Inside Google” Blog post celebrating the history of the Google Doodles.
Many thanks to Google and Ryan Germick the Principal Doodle Design director.
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