Mad Skills Monday 064: Sam Marsh

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.

Power Tool: A dip pen and ink
Power Song: Ratking – So It Goes… or anything by Hans Zimmer
Power Snack: Wasabi peas

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.

Sam Marsh Illustration, High Focus, Verb T

Cover for Verb T’s “Medicated Dreams” EP.

Sam Marsh Illustration, A1 Portrait

A Window into Psychosis

Sam Marsh Illustration, HATW

Shirt design for Heads Above The Waves, a charity created to raise awareness of depression and self-harm.

Sam Marsh Illustration, Enter the mind

Enter the Mind

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.

Sam Marsh Illustration, Temple of Wu

Temple of Wu – an image inspired by the martial arts references and eastern influences dominant in many Wu Tang tracks.

1 Large Scale image

Centurion baseball T-shirt design

Woodblock print

Woodblock print

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.

Sam Marsh Illustration Alas Poor Yorick

“Alas, poor Yorick!” – A competition entry for Signal Snowboard.

surf Sam Marsh Illustration surf board surf fox surf eagle surf bear

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 and we’ll check you out!

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