If you happened to type Google.com into your browser yesterday you saw a wintery doodle by one Eleanor Davis, a illustrator who created four seasonal doodles for the search giant this year. These were all fantastic doodles, but her sketches that Google didn't run are pure gold.
Davis is an Athens, Georgia-based illustrator who's drawn two graphic novels and illustrations for a long, long laundry list of clients. Her first three Google doodles ran this year to commemorate spring, summer, and fall, culminating in yesterday's "winter" doodle:
It's only natural that each doodle goes through multiple rounds of brainstorming and edits -- after all, that's a pretty standard process for an artist working on commission with a client. But we rarely get to see the ideas that were left unfinished, and yesterday Davis tweeted some of her unseen sketches, which were later picked up by Slate's Dan Kois.
Meanwhile, this sketch -- another summer doodle -- shows people cutting loose and revealing their Google tattoos: http://twitter.com/squinkyelo/status/546715224066498560/photo/1
Back to winter, with a series of facial hair-related doodles: http://twitter.com/squinkyelo/status/546713915389128704/photo/1
And my personal favourite, a sketch for what seems like an ace "fall" doodle:
All images courtesy of Eleanor Davis used with permission.