Creative Freelancing Wearing Lots Of Different Hats

Creative Freelancing is a Big Pile of Hats

When you work for yourself you have to do everything; from your actual creative work to fixing the computer, dealing with finances and keeping clients happy. You have to wear many different hats. On a good day this makes life exciting and full of variety. Being able to put down one task and pick up […]

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Creative Freelancing Inspiration and Self Doubt Illustration Sam Osborne

Creative Freelancing is a battle of Angels and Demons

Emotional ups and downs are a pretty standard part of being creative, but freelancing can take that to a whole new level if you aren’t careful. There are those blissful moments when the inspiration fairy decides to hang out with you. Covered in rainbows and sparkles, the fairy whispers that awesome idea into your ear and suddenly you can’t […]

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Creative Freelancing Messes With Time

Time can go a bit wonky when your working hours are not set by having to go into an office. Not knowing what day it is is a pretty common occurrence and there are many days that get lost to me completely; one minute it’s 9am and the next it’s 7.30pm, dark outside and I haven’t […]

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2016 wall planner calendars Sam Osborne

2016 Wall Planners and Calendars

My range of wall planners and calendars for 2016 is now available! There are four designs for 2016 plus an academic calendar that runs from August 2015 to July 2016. Check out the full range below and you can buy them from my Etsy shop  2016 pattern planner. This is an A2 (594mm x 420mm or […]

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Promoting Your Art Online Course - Selling your work online

Teaching artists all about the web!

Recently I teamed up with marketing agency Awemous to create and teach a course for artists that covers everything creatives need to know about building a brand, creating a website and getting to grips with social media to promote their artwork. The first run of the course happened over four Wednesday evenings in early July at the very beautiful Phoenix Studio […]

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Women In Science Wall Mural Illustration Sam Osborne

Mural illustrations to celebrate awesome women

Earlier this year I completed a fantastic project with Wax Revolution in Mexico. Wax Revolution who are a chain of cool, modern, waxing salons. They work with a unique artist at each of their salon locations to create bright murals for the walls. The brief was to create six murals that celebrate the awesomeness of women (their main client […]

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Rugby World Cup House Rules Poster

Rugby World Cup Inspired Designs

If you’ve read my about page you’ll know I’ve been a fan of rugby ever since I played at school (and yes I have the scars to prove it!). With the Rugby World Cup coming up soon I thought that now was a good time to work on some rugby inspired illustrations and projects. I’ve […]

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Sunlit Orchard Modern Home Ware Collection Sam Osborne Art Licencing

Sunlit Orchard Collection

I’ve been working on a new home collection inspired by an imaginary sunny afternoon in an apple orchard. The wind rustling the leaves, the fruit ripening on the branch, the birds and the bees filling the sky with noise and the scent of flowers wafting over you. The collection uses many materials – from metal and […]

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Designer Insights Sam Osborne Illustrator Feature

Designer Insights

I am super pleased to share with you an interview I did recently with Terry’s Fabrics. We talked about my journey to where I am now, my influences and I got to pick out my top 5 interior choices this season, which are of course bright and colourful! See the full interview here.

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Colourful Oxford Punts

Out and About Inspiration

The past week we’ve been tourists in our little patch of the world as my boyfriend’s parents are over visiting from New Zealand. It’s be fantastic exploring the local area and seeing it through the eyes of visitors and I’ve spotted loads of inspiration along the way, from colourful houses and boats in Oxford to […]

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Sam Osborne New Illustration Studio Build

A brand new studio

I work from home. My boyfriend also works from home. We were rapidly running out of room and our house was gradually being taken over by filing, paperwork, samples and stock. We desperately needed more space. So we converted our loft space into storage/studio. So now we have a light bright space to stretch out […]

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Sam Osborne Inspiring Design Illustration Books

My book shelf of inspiration

I’m often asked about my favourite design and art books so I thought today I’d share a peek at my studio bookshelf. I reference these books a lot, for ideas, help and words of advice or just to look at awesome artwork. The subjects of the books range from personal stories, advice for designers to collections of […]

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Long Train Children's Bib Sam Osborne

Family & Kids collection with Boom Boom Prints

I’ve recently created a range of prints and illustrations for kid and family friendly products. Available through Boom Boom Prints each design comes on a variety of items from onesies to beach bags and maternity t-shirts as well as framed prints, canvases and wall clings so you can match the nursery to your little ones outfits!   […]

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Sam Osborne Space Ship April Fools

‘launching’ my new project

Today I am pleased to announce the new product range that I’ve been working on – Space Shuttles!. The, so far unreported, resumption of the Space Shuttle programme is being celebrated by commissioning designers and illustrators to create artworks that will be blasted into space. “We want to send the finest examples of Human creativity into […]

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Sam Osborne Easter Print

Eggcellent Easter Illustration

I’ve been working on a new design for easter! Based on my Wondercook egg card I’ve freshened it up and added a fun line, perfect for celebrating the start of spring. The design is available now via my Society6 Shop as a framed print, mug, t-shirts and more. And you can also grab the design […]

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