Character Design

Business Comic Strips and Characters

Business Comic Strips and original comic characters created specifically for a product or campaign are a fantastic way to gain the interest of the viewer and bring your message across in a fun and likeable way.

Often these characters can be used as standalone ambassadors for your product or company in print or even on products or packaging. Appealing and likeable comics give you something to relate to and maximise engagement. The style of the artwork and story of the comic strips can vary greatly. The comic strips, still images and characters can also appear in a full multimedia campaign in motion graphics or animated videos or explainer videos which can be produced at the same time.

Below a gallery with many samples and two examples of animated business illustration applications.

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Friars Club NYC – Animated Website Intro

Short intro animation created specifically for the Friars Club, New York City.

Several monk friar characters were created for animated GIFs and icons for the website
including Jackie Gleason playing pool and this little friar for the animation.

All artwork was created in Adobe Illustrator as vector art and then animated in Adobe Flash.

Client: Friars Club, Date: 2008, Artist: Ian David Marsden – www.marsdenillustration.com

Caricatures of Friars Club Officials opening red curtain – Animated Cartoon GIF
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Mascot Design Logo FIS Ski World Championship 2003 St. Moritz

(with YouTube Video Radio Interview with Mascot Designer Ian Marsden)

I n 2002 I was contacted by the organization for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in the renowned pristine alpine resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland. I was informed, that I had been chosen as the designer and illustrator to create the official mascot for the event.

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JOHNNY – SLAMTOWN “Office of Mayor” – Wrestling T-shirt

I already had the pleasure of designing several original custom T-shirt designs for the U.S. wrestler John Hennigan
(John Morrison / Johnny Impact / Johnny Nitro / Johnny Mundo)

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Wine Surfers – Custom Illustration for Invitation

Custom Illustration for a personal invitation based on photographs provided by the client. The people needed to be recognizable and the drawing had to have a connection to surfing and also to wine.

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Artist Instagram and TikTok with lots of sketches, doodles and live drawings

It’s been a while since I updated my news blog. Things have been rather quiet on the project front due to the pandemic (like for many), so I don’t have a lot of new client work to show you, but I thought I would say a quick hello.

I recently started a TikTok channel, where I mostly post recordings of live drawings (digital and analog). So if you are on there and enjoy drawings, drop by and have a look.

I only have 120 followers here so far, so you can become a member of a highly exlusive club. 😀

https://www.tiktok.com/@iandavidmarsden?lang=en

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Avatar and Character Design

(… 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.

Various different vector character avatars
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Latest Illustration Projects and News

My homepage and my illustration portfolio have been completely updated with many new projects, drawings, animations and designs.

As always I am here for all your illustration, animation and design needs in many different styles.

Below a few current examples.

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I received my first proof copy of my new graphic novel “Marvin”

I am very excited. I have just received my first proof copy of my new graphic novel “Marvin” from my publisher Schiffer Books.

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Ian Marsden illustrator Instagram

Follow me and my sketches, adventures and travels on Instagram 😊

Instagram Marsdenillustration

www.instagram.com/marsdenillustration

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Recent Illustration Projects – Ian David Marsden


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