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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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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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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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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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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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