Favorite illustration resources, c. Aug 2021.

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These are some of the best illustration resources I've found and used in projects across life and work.


undraw

It's the unsplash for illustrations, IMHO. It is my favorite, as a testament of using it in many projects.

unDraw - Open source illustrations for any idea
The design project with open-source illustrations for any idea you can imagine and create. Create beautiful websites, products and applications with your color, for free.

Pros

  • MIT license
  • Customizable colors
  • Great search functionality with good hits
  • PNG & SVG support

Cons

  • It's very popular, so lots of folks use it.
  • The above dilutes it's uniqueness or bespoke anymore.

Humaaans

It's a mix-&-match illustrations of people with a design library.

Humaaans: Mix-&-Match illustration library
Mix-&-match illustrations of people with a design library for InVIsion Studio and Sketch.

Pros

  • Lot's of combinations are possible.
  • Sketch and Figma support.
  • Very fun and colorful.
  • Makes an impact on any device or medium.

Cons

  • Limited to humans.

Sapiens

Another character builder with app & library.

Sapiens Character Builder Library - Illustrations
Meet Sapiens. Sapiens is a beautiful library of modular, component-based character illustrations for Sketch and Figma. Choose from dozens of fully customizable body parts components, backdrops, and poses in three different styles to create hundreds of unique character illustrations for your projec…

Pros

  • 3 different styles in outline, duotone and colorful.
  • Sketch and Figma support.
  • Very fun and colorful.
  • Makes an impact on any device or medium.

Cons

  • Need UI8 account.
  • Limited to humans or homo sapiens!
  • Limited to 4 poses.
  • The library is paid version. Low value proposition compared to Humaaans IMHO. Needs more content.

Icons8

They have loads of free illustrations to class up your project.

They enable free download of PNG and SVG illustrations from top Dribbble artists to enhance your product.

Free Clip Art Images & Vector Illustrations For Your Website
Explore a beautiful library of royalty-free clipart vector images and illustrations in PNG, SVG formats. Free clipart for commercial use.

Pros

  • Curated sets.
  • Search for illustrations, icons, photos and music.
  • Lots of styles to choose from.
  • Free tier that needs attribution link.
  • Various pricing options.

Cons

  • Free tier is limited in size and collection.

UI8

This one is a marketplace. It has similarities to Icons8 above.

UI Design Resources, UI Kits, Wireframes, Icons and More - UI8
100% curated digital marketplace with a growing library of high quality UX/UI design resources and freebies for designers.

Pros

  • Freebie set of assets.
  • Diverse set of UI assets are available.
  • Various pricing options.

Cons

  • Even the freebies need an account to be created.
  • Seems like a siloed world.
  • Pricing is high and not geared for individual creators.
  • Heavy-handed marketplace feel.

DrawKit

This one is a marketplace, as well. Feels much lighter and more approachable than UI8 above.

DrawKit - Beautiful vector illustrations
Free and premium vector SVG illustrations for you to use on your next project, no attribution required! Vector illustrations, packs, icons and more.

Pros

  • Newsletter weekly subscription style.
  • Free illustrations available.
  • Illustrations sent to your inbox, in both above scenarios.
  • Gumroad integration for sales. Makes for a nice UX, security and trust.
  • Lots of free illustration and icon options.

Cons

  • Seems like a limited set of collections.
  • Looks like they are recent market entrants.

Dribbble

No surprise here! You can find loads of illustrations of all fidelity ranges here.

Dribbble - Discover the World’s Top Designers & Creative Professionals
Dribbble is where designers gain inspiration, feedback, community, and jobs and is your best resource to discover and connect with designers worldwide.

Pros

  • Lots of free illustrations available.
  • Whole of Dribbble content is at your disposal.
  • Design world's work is available here.
  • Various options to download assets.

Cons

  • Huge ocean to choose from and may get overwhelming.
  • May not be clear cut on the options to get assets.

Unsplash

Interestingly, you can search for illustrations on the popular free crowd-sourced photo site as well.

550+ Illustrations Pictures | Download Free Images on Unsplash
Download the perfect illustrations pictures. Find over 100+ of the best free illustrations images. Free for commercial use ✓ No attribution required ✓ Copyright-free ✓

Pros

  • Surprising number of options available to download.

Cons

  • It is primarily a photography site. This should be an absolute last resort.

These are the top ones I've used to-date. As I discover more, I expect to share updates in the future. Enjoy the beautiful art and make stuff!

Best!

Srini @ RoverHead


Thirumalaa Srinivas

Thirumalaa Srinivas