100+ Resources & Inspiration for Hand Drawn Design
The hand drawn style of design is extremely popular right now. In this post we’ll take a look at a huge number of free resources for creating your own hand drawn design, plus plenty of examples for inspiration.
Hand Drawn Gallery:
These 20 websites are sure to give you some inspiration and ideas for your own hand drawn creations. Some use sketches or hand drawn elements throughout the design and others do so strategically in only a few areas.
Casio Exilim Lab
Jesus Rodriguez Velasco
We Are Not Freelancers
Hand Drawn Navigation:
Many websites specifically use hand drawn elements for navigation menus and/or hover effects. Here are five example sites that do so.
Dann Whittaker Creative
The right icon set can give a website or blog an authentic hand drawn feel. You can either create your own icons, of take advantage the four free icon sets featured here.
Doodle Icon Set for Bloggers
Tutorials for Hand Drawn Design:
Looking to improve your skills at creating the hand drawn look? The tutorials shown below are a great start. Both Photoshop and Illustrator are represented.
Photoshop Hand Drawn Design
Illustrating the Flower Pattern
Make an Inspiring Artistic Poster with Drawn Elements
Create a Sketchy Hand-Drawn Camera Illustration in Illustrator
Illustrate a Grunge-Style Talking Skull in Vector
Design Your Own Hand-Drawn Font
Pencil it In
Hand-Drawn Photoshop Brushes:
One of the easiest and most efficient ways to give your work a hand drawn touch is to use Photoshop brushes. Fortunately, there are tons of free brushes in the sketching/doodle style. There are more than 30 of the best sets featured here.
Heart Doodle Brushes
Star Doodle Brushes
Cloud Doodle Brushes
Arrow Doodle Brushes
Flower Doodle Brushes
Stencil Alphabet Brushes
Stencil Word Brushes
Scratched Scribble Brushes
Square Stamp Brushes
Dotted Doodle Brushes
Handwriting Months Brushes
Thorough Notes Brushes
Big Swirly Ornaments
Pencil Trace Brushes
Hand Drawn Floral Patterns
Hand Drawn Floral Brushes
Oh So Random
Hand-Drawn Illustrator Brushes:
Photoshop brushes aren’t the only easy way to add hand drawn elements to a design. Illustrator brushes are another great option, although there are as many readily available.
Scribled Dry-Erase Marker Brushes
Sketchy and Line Art Brushes
Tina’s Streaky Inks
Sketchy Illustrator Brushes
Hand drawn and sketched fonts are also very effective and easy to find. There are tons of fonts to choose from, here is a quick look at 16 quality choices.
Just Me Again Down Here
Rock Show Whiplash
Many hand drawn style designs are done on textured backgrounds, particularly paper textures. SXC.hu is one of the best resources for free images, and here is a collection of 16 paper textures from their site (these textures are taken from 60 Free Textures from SXC.hu).
For design tutorials and resources please see:
- 25 Excellent Handwritten Fonts
- 101 Awesome Portfolio Sites
- 50 Excellent Designer Portfolio Sites
- 60+ Free Textures from sxc.hu
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