Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Big Bang Theory at Gallery Nucleus!

I'm excited to announce that I was invited to participate in a show at the renowned Gallery Nucleus highlighting The Big Bang Theory! I got to show my caricature chops, and got to do fan art! You can find out all about the show here.
I highly recommend anyone in the area to check it out! There are 50 artists showing, and it's a great theme! See if you can find all the stories and in-jokes in mine.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Doctors make Bad Spies: Illustration for Scientific American

Illustration I produced earlier this year for Scientific American. The article was an editorial against using doctors as pseudo-spies in the war on terror. Thanks to art directors Micheal Mrak and Ann Chin!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Illustrated Map for Jamie Magazine: Nice, France

I produced this illustration for Jamie Magazine based on Nice, France! It was a great project for a monthly map they do for different cities in their magazine. Many thanks to Adrienne Pitts for the commission!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Recent Work for the RFT

I've had the pleasure of working with Tom Carlson over at the River Front Times on some recent illustrations for their paper. I think St. Louis has one of the best Alt-weeklies around, so getting to illustrate some quirky stories for them is a dream come true.

The first is an illustration for an article on "dining tours" in the city- a fad which is taking the nation by storm.

The second was for a non-scientific study on what kind of music kids today like. PSY won hands down, apparently.

Thanks again to Tom for the fun assignments!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I now have a tumblr! while I will still update this blog, if you prefer to use tumblr you can catch me there too! The site is available here.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Abe Lincoln on a Flying Tiger

"Abe Lincoln Riding a Flying Tiger" The name says it all. I continue to learn more tricks in GIF animation. You can even get your own print and GIF of YOU on the tiger here

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Boss's Ego

A new spot I've made while learning how to make animated GIFs.

New Snapshot: Museum of Westward Expansion

For the latest Snapshot I illustrated the Museum of Westward Expansion. You can check out the original over on the Beacon's site here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Firefighting Watermelons and Rosemary

Happy to announce this new illustration for the latest issue of Vegetarian Times! It's for the "Taste Buds" section where a chef talks about thier favorite food pairings. In this case, the chef is renowned for using siracha sauce and uses watermelon and rosemary to cool down. Be sure to pick it up on newstands now!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Guardian Lions and Currency Manipulation

Here's a spot I made recently about Chinese Currency Manipulation. Love those Guardian Lions!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Bilderberg Conference Illustrated!

What an exciting three days! This Monday I was inspired by my friend and old classmate David Yanofsky to produce this illustration of the Bilderberg conference. He created this awesome infographic of the conference attendees, and since I have a penchant for drawing masses of political figures I decided to produce my own take on the subject. Three days later I came up with what you see below.

The orange man in the top B is the chairman of the European- American Meeting, Henri de Castries. Bilderberg is an annual meeting between politicians, academics, businessmen, etc., to determine better trade methods for America and Europe. This year it hosts such luminaries as Henry Kissinger, Tim Geithner, and David Petraeus. The meeting is a big focus of conspiracy buffs, who assume that such a secretive gathering can't be anything good.
For a better view, check out the enlarged letters below!




Monday, June 3, 2013

New Illo: Humpty Dumpty

Happy to present this new illustration in my fairy tale/ nursery rhyme series. My personal favorite growing up, Humpty Dumpty! As always, I tried to put my own spin on it. This time that involved researching costumes and architecture. At any rate, I hope you like it!

Monday, May 27, 2013

New Snapshot: The Newman Money Museum Robo-Franklin

I have a new illustration up over at the Beacon! This time I illustrated something that relates directly back to my own past as a student employee at the Kemper Art Museum. In the basement of the Museum is the Newman Money Museum. Inside this tiny museum in a museum is an amazing "animatronic" Ben Franklin that talks to you when you enter. The robot has been turned on for years, and as a result the face (which is a projection on a bulb) has the coloring of a warped tv. It's a delightful little gem if you ever get a chance to visit St. Louis.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dolphin Assassins!

It's been a busy month! Perhaps you have been following the news recently and heard about these fascinating dolphin assassins that had escaped containment in the former USSR. Sadly, the story turned out to be fake, but I still decided to produce a personal illustration based on it.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Alligator for Lent

Did you know you can eat Alligator as a meat substitute during Lent? Neither did I, but once I heard about it on the radio I decided to do this illustration.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Stuck in a Bad Relationship

A spot illustration I made recently.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Announcing: Sam Washburn on Etsy!

I am happy to announce that I have started selling prints and drawings on Etsy! Now you can purchase your very own piece of Sam Washburn art- simply visit the site here and get clicking!

Prizes Rewarded for Picture-Pun-Postcard-Print-Palooza!

Greetings all!
I am happy to announce that all the winners in the contest have received their rewards! I was happy with how my first contest went- and the over-all winner ended up requesting a pretty neat animal. I will keep you all posted on updates and new contests in the future. In the interim, here is the overall winner's choice of Animal: a Chinese Dragon.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Snapshots: The Zoo Water Tunnel

The St. Louis Zoo added a new water tunnel recently, and seeing as how I love drawing animals it seemed the perfect subject for a Snapshot for the St. Louis Beacon. You can find the piece here on the Beacon's website. Try and find the Rhino!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Big Box Mergers: Too late to count?

This is an interesting trend in business: two large competitors are both suffering in a rapidly changing business environment. Unable to keep up with the times, they merge together in an effort to maintain market share. One such merger was announced last week in the coupling of Office Depot and Office Max.

Such an event provides a wealth of editorial illustration opportunities (indeed, I am hoping to produce more work around this idea). To commemorate this grouping, I made this illustration of two robots selling office supplies. Cutting edge technology, now faded (like the big box store concept itself) reduced to joining forces to make an impact.
I'll provide some more behind the scenes work of this on behance later this week.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Happiness is Hereditary, and Generational Gloominess

Working on some new spots inspired by news stories such as this.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Picture-Pun-Postcard-Print-Palooza!

Hello faithful blog followers, facebook fans, twitter followers and beloved clients! Welcome to the first annual PICTURE-PUN-POSTCARD-PRINT-PALOOZA! To show my gratitude to everyone who has helped me and supported me in my career, I wanted to do something big that involved fun, postcards, and a lot of puns for everybody. 
I have sent out over 100 postcards (see above) with an individual pun on the back of each one to everyone who has been there for me in the past few years. BUT, if I forgot you (I am only human) don't worry! I have figured out a way for everyone to join the fun. 
freebie: Hang Ten

5 First Place prizes, 5 Second Place prizes, 1 GRAND prize!

You'll notice 5 distinct posts below labeled A, B, C, D, and E. Each post has 25 of the postcard picture puns (and maybe some repeats, because my brain got tired). Whoever gets all 25 correct (or the most correct, as some of them are tricky) will be entered to win not 1 but 2 Animals in Suits prints of your choice!
Post your answers in a comment on the blog post (or, if you prefer not to give it away, shoot me an e-mail). All the correct answer submissions will be put in a bowl, and the winner and a second will be chosen at random. First place will win 2 AiS prints, second place will win 1 AiS print. Once you win, I ask you what animals you want, you tell me, and KAPOW- you get two signed prints in the mail!


If you can guess all 125, you are entered for a chance to win an ORIGINAL Sam Washburn drawing of EITHER an Animal in Suit of your choice or a caricature of your choice done "Congress" style (gotta play to my strengths). That's right, not a print but an original inked and colored piece of art for your mantle (or fridge)

I will announce winners at the end of the month, February 28th. Best of luck to everyone, and thanks again for all your support! And hey, if you'd like to double your chances you could always go for the...

If you tweet (@samuelwashburn) or favorite/share this post on my Facebook page, then you are automatically entered in for a chance to win the bonus prize! The Bonus Prize is a print of your choice from the 4 posted below. 

And with that, I am officially done with the longest blog post ever. Thanks again, and off to the races!