Author Archive | Sam Osborne


100 Days of Mushrooms Book

I recently took part in The 100 Day Project – a global art project where you commit to doing a specific creative thing everyday for 100 days. I’ve started this project before in previous years but got side tracked and never finished so I was determined to make it through all 100 days this time. […]

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Bulletin Magazine Cover Illustration

Earlier this year I was commissioned by Bulletin to create a magazine cover illustration. The title of the cover article was ‘Cutting a path through the terminological jungle’ so a jungle theme made sense and provided some fun visuals. Creating the magazine cover illustration I created a few initial sketches based on the jungle theme. The client […]

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My iPad Artist Toolkit – iPad Apps

There are a huge range of iPad apps out there and I’m often asked which are my favourite, so I’ve put together a list! I love my iPad Pro and run a lot of my working life on it. Of course the hardware is amazing but it’s the iPad Apps that make it so useful […]

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My iPad Artist Toolkit – Hardware & Accessories

I’m often asked about the tools I use to create my art on my iPad so I thought I’d run through my must have hardware and accessories! Aside from the iPad itself I use a selection of accessories to make the whole experience better: Hardware & Accessories iPad Pro 12.9″: This is absolutely without a shadow […]

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WI LIfe Editorial Magazine Vignette Illustrations Sam Osborne

Editorial Illustration Process WI Life Magazine

I thought I’d have a look back at one of my favourite projects from last year and share my editorial illustration process. I was commissioned by WI Life magazine to create six illustrations to accompany their resolutions article. Each year the WI decides on a cause to support and for this issue they had narrowed […]

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WI Life Editorial Illustration Commission

I was recently asked by WI Life magazine to create an illustration for their September issue. WI Life is the membership magazine for the Women’s Institute and goes out to all 220,000 members eight times a year. This project was particularly exciting for me as I am a WI member and am on the committee (as chief […]

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Seasons Illustrations 2017 Wall Planner Calendar

2017 Wall Planner Calendars

Looking for a 2017 Wall Planner? Then you are in luck as I’ve launched my 2017 range of wall planners! My two popular pattern planners are back as well as some brand new fully illustrated planners. So far there is a city scene and a nature seasons illustration but more are being added all the time. […]

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Design Museum Bike Trail Leaflet Design and Illustration

I recently completed a cycle themed illustration project for The Design Museum in London. Their current exhibition, cycle revolution, is all about biking in the UK, from commuters to Olympic athletes, and they needed a leaflet for younger visitors to help them engage with the exhibition and get involved. I came up with a fun and cost […]

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Uppercase Bookmark Illustration

Uppercase Magazine bookmark

Had an exciting delivery in the studio this morning; my copies of the bookmark I designed for Uppercase Magazine! These will be randomly inserted into copies of issue 29 which is out in April. Let me know if you get one in your copy – – – – – – – – – – – […]

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Food Recipe Illustration Book Club Bean Stew

Food Illustrations

A lot of my recent work has involved Food Illustration, one of my favourite genres of illustration, not least because I love my food! I always get very excited when a food job comes my way – I love to try out the recipes and learn about new foods and places to eat. Here are just […]

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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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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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Creative Freelancing Tips Summer Winter Sam Osborne

Creative Freelancing Depends on the Weather

Considering it is possible to go for days (or weeks) without leaving the house the weather plays a dramatic part in the experience of working from home.   – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

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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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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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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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Period Box Cake and Coffee Illustration Art Print

Colourful commission to cheer you up when you most need it!

I’ve been working with the lovely Period Box recently on an art print gift to be included in their subscription box. Period Box are a subscription service that bundles your choice of tampons and pads with hand-picked goodies and exquisite treats to cheer you up when you most need it. I’m a big fan of […]

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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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