Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. This week Sam Marsh presents his striking pen artwork, fusing historical influences with street art culture.
Sam’s work draws inspiration from street art, anatomical illustrations and Japanese woodblock prints, combining classical styles with striking contemporary metaphors. For starters, here’s some pieces based around different themes of mental health.
Several of Sam’s memorable images have been printed as T-shirts and posters, with powerful icons brought to life with beautiful stippling and shading.
Another speciality are his board designs, which perfectly show off Sam’s graffiti-inspired artwork. His totem pole surf board design especially demonstrates his drawing skills, having been applied freehand using Posca marker pens.
Originally from the street art kingdom that is Bristol, Sam is currently in his final year of studying Illustration at Plymouth University. Take a peek at more of his work on his website, Facebook and Twitter.
Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check you out!