The 10 Best Sites to Get Free Illustrations for Your Next Project


When building your next project, you should use artwork to stand out from the crowd. And while stock images are also a great option, they can get pretty boring. However, drawing illustrations takes a lot of work. Especially when you don’t have a designer to help bring those creative processes to life.

Luckily, we have several open-source projects designed to help users like you get the best artwork for your brand. Some focus on 2D illustrations, others on 3D, while some even choose to create abstract images. So no matter your brand’s style, you can find something that works. In this article, we’ll highlight ten platforms where you can download free artwork for your next project. Keep reading to learn more.

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1. Cancel

Undraw is an open-source project that allows you to use its illustrations in any project – commercial or personal without any cost. You also have access to modern and super light, hand-designed alternative illustrations.

To use, simply change the colors of the artwork to better suit your brand and click to download. You can download SVG for projects and PNG for your blogs or social media posts. The catch, however, is that you can’t replicate, redistribute the artwork in packs, or create embeds for it. It also means you can’t add them to an app.

2. Open doodles

Looking to use sketch artwork without needing to hire an illustrator? Open Doodles is another open source software to explore. Here you can get free hand drawn vector illustrations and use them for your next personal or commercial project.

Unlike Undraw, Open Doodles comes with a built-in generator that lets you create your designs. You can also invite other people on your team to work with you on a design. There are no restrictions on creative license, database or copyright laws while using this platform.

3. Humans

While most platforms come with pre-made illustrations, Humaaans lets you mix and match people illustrations. So you can change the hairstyle, tops and pants of your illustrations. You also have the ability to rotate and reposition the elements of your humanaans as you see fit.

For scenery, there’s also a ton of ambiance to choose from. It is free to use for personal and commercial projects. It is also available as a library in Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, and Invision Studio.

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4. Drawing kit

DrawKit is a platform that offers packs of 10 illustrations that will make your next project stand out. They offer two different options – available in monochrome and color. These illustrations are also grouped into categories such as business, education, summary, finance, and more. Since this is an individual project, they also have paid illustrations. However, you may use the free images for personal and commercial projects without attribution to James Daly, the author. Choose to download in PNG or SVG format. You can also download a wide range of images from 10 different packs.

5. Strip design

Aimed at creating options for non-designers, Design Stripe is a growing illustration library that lets you customize your artwork to suit your specific needs. You can redesign your characters, change your decor, explore your brand’s color palette, and more.

Choose from one of the available styles or categories. You can also sort by scenes or objects. All downloads are available in SVG, JPG and PNG formats. There’s also a paid plan for team collaboration and unlimited access to all styles.

6. Absurd design

If you are looking for very expressive or original illustrations, you should consider the Absurd design. They combine a sense of naivety, childishness and absurdity to help spark creative imagination.

You can use these designs for your presentations, landing pages, websites and more as long as you give them a website link. Download up to 10 different monochrome PNG illustrations for free, and unlock colors and other download formats when you sign up for a membership plan.

7. Ouch

For better matching designs, use Ouch’s 3D illustrations and vectors for free. Ouch is a product of the icons8 company. Here you have access to 3D designs of people, elements, technologies and many more in several categories.

You can download these free templates in PNG format as long as you acknowledge the author when using them. However, if you want to remove the attribution and get artwork in SVG or other image formats, you can pay the monthly subscription.

8. Handz

As the name suggests, Handz is a library of illustrations of several 3D hand gestures. You can get up to 320 different hands in 8 different skin tones, 12 gestures and three sleeves. Use these images for free in your personal and commercial projects such as newsletters, blog posts, app designs, etc.

This CCO-based library offers PNG renders that you can use in Photoshop, Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, Illustrator, and more. There is a premium version which offers everything for free along with hand gestures on tablets, Mac, Samsung Gear, Apple Watch and other devices.

9. Paper illustrations

Illustrations on paper offer illustrations from paper cutouts for personal and commercial use. On this platform, you get access to 20 designs suitable for landing pages, mobile apps, demo images, and more.

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It also comes with demo resource images that show you how to best blend these illustrations into your designs. There are also over 10,000 3D assets and icons that you can use for your next project.

10. Sapiens

Unlike the other examples listed here, Sapiens is a web application that offers several customizable 3D character illustrations. You can change character design, background settings, roles and much more with this app. The library is free and also has a paid version which comes in the form of an extension. Choose to export your design in color, duotone, or outline.

And that’s all. Which of these platforms impressed you the most? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this post with a friend or colleague to make their work much smoother.


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