Author Archive | samossie


How to commission a custom illustration as the perfect gift

Buying gifts for people can be tricky, especially when you’re looking for something really personal and memorable. That’s where commissioning a custom illustration as a gift can save the day! Just imagine how a friend or relative would feel when given a bespoke family portrait or an illustration of a much-loved home or pet. Whatever […]

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Oxford for Oxford Schools Guide Illustrations

Oxford University Primary and Secondary Schools Leaflet Illustrations

I was recently approached by Oxford University's Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department to create a series of illustrations two leaflets showcasing their schools summer programme. Working with the university's in-house marketing team I created a series of 16 spot illustrations, two cover illustration and a map of Oxford to go on two A5 leaflets. If [...]
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Q&A about life as an illustrator and graphic designer

I often get emails from students and people just starting out in their creative careers asking about how I got started and what it’s like to work as a designer and illustrator so I thought I’d collect up some of those questions and answers here. I would like to know how you got started in […]

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Save The Children Safeguarding Character Illustrations

Save The Children Safeguarding illustrations

I was recently approached by Save The Children to create a series of illustrations for a poster and leaflet to help children understand what they can expect from those looking after them. Working with the charity’s in-house design and marketing team I created a series of 13 illustrations to go on a four page A4 […]

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2019 Wall Planner Grid Format Sam Osborne

2019 Wall Planners and Calendars

Another year has rolled around and I’ve been busy designing my 2019 range of wall planners and calendars! The first selection were launched in my Etsy shop in Mid August and there will be more to follow in the coming months! Here are a few of the designs, most of which are available in printed […]

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Sam Osborne Garden Studio Build Cover

Garden illustration studio. Part one: the build

We moved house in early April and, as we both work from home, our first priority was getting some office space sorted. Here is part one of that story, deciding on and building the garden office! We love our new house, bungalow living is awesome and having a gorgeous garden for the first time in […]

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Sam’s Alphabet Art Prints

Earlier this year I worked on an alphabet project, creating 26 hand lettered monograms. Here is the full set and some of them in detail below:     If you like the lettering then you can buy them as art prints in my Etsy shop
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Sam Osborne Illustration Inspiration Onion

Inspiration – March Meet The Maker

During #marchmeetthemaker one of the prompts was Inspiration and it got me thinking about what really inspires, what moves me deep down, prompts me to pick up a pen, fire up the computer and create! Don’t be fooled by the illustration, I’m not specifically inspired by onions, although they are awesome, it’s more of a metaphor (bear […]

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Sam Osborne Customers and Feedback Illustration

Customers and Feedback – March Meet The Maker

A part of this years #marchmeetthemaker we were asked to focus on our customers and the feedback. I’ve been running my own business since 2011 and have learnt a few things about this so I thought I’d share my knowledge in this post… Running a businesses is all about relationships, valuing clients and customers and […]

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Floral 2018 Wall Planner Sam Osborne

2018 Wall Planners

I've been designing and selling wall planners since 2013 so this year felt like a good time to ramp it up a bit! So instead of the usual four designs. There are eight and four of those are landscape (I had lots of people asking for this!) Plus I have a range of printable planners [...]
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