The Penny-Sized Illustrations of @samlarson
To see more photos of both Sam’s normal-sized and minuscule work, follow @samlarson on Instagram.
"I gather my inspiration from the American West," says Sam Larson (@samlarson), a 25-year-old Wisconsin native now working as a freelance artist in Carlsbad, California. “I like to get out into the mountains and desert whenever possible.” On Instagram, Sam shares his western-themed creations, which often take the form of tiny, penny-sized drawings.
Sam attributes his rekindled interest in illustration to Instagram. In 2013, after a five-year hiatus from art, “I started doing one drawing a night to post on Instagram. It was an exercise that held me accountable, and the encouragement helped keep me going.”
"Instagram has allowed me to make new friends, travel to places I didn’t know existed, share my art and so much more," says Sam. "I hope to inspire people to pick up a pen, or to embark on some type of adventure."
a fine job
i just got back into my other tumblr WESTWARDPORTAL because this prolonged Boston winter has got me vexed. the portal features desert, mountain, and ocean scenes, new and vintage photos, and anything that evokes the westward spirit. scoot on by!
i often feel pangs of homesickness for the West - I’ve left family and friends behind; but these simple, natural images that I collect and display on the portal also stir feelings I have yet to experience. the complexity of nature overwhelmingly speaks of solitude, freedom, and discovery. moments in time; your life is imprinted on sea shores, side roads, and trail heads. and it partners with you to celebrate the journey, struggles, and successes.
the diversity of the West, with its topography and its population, forms a unique idealization in my head that i yearn to explore until it becomes rooted in reality.
i will always choose to go west. it’s how and where and why I feel authentically me.
Los Angeles, CA
i’ve driven by this quite a few times before. it’s how i imagine LA to look when I close my eyes and wish myself back home in a dream.
through love coloured lenses
I MUST GO TO COACHELLA. MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST.
i want to go so badly (i even have a day off the following monday!)
first world problems:
- it’s probably gonna be sold out by the time i would hypothetically buy tickets
- i would also have to account for plane fare on top of festival tickets
this is literally the only reason why i hate attending university on the east coast.