Free Illustrations: Trendy, artistic graphics that tell stories


GraphicNataly Birch • • 6 minute read

The new trend in graphic design and illustration for the web, finally, is that art meets illustration.

People love illustrations. Whether a designer, developer or regular user, hand-drawn pictures always please the eye. They bring authenticity and personality to digital projects that lack the warmth found in the real world. Their artistic nature helps to effectively communicate a message and show the spirit of an idea. They enrich the user experience without ruining the content.

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This collection contains free illustrations that can tell a story, and each story can be created by your visitor.

Additionally, there is a trend of using illustrations in the web and mobile design spheres. You see them literally everywhere. Consider these outstanding real-world examples: Static Pages, Airtable, and MailChimp.

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These website illustrations are pretty conventional. Each has a basic structure with a clean design and regular arrangement of blocks. The latter is even a simple post type page that has a trivial layout.

However, small illustrations scattered throughout the page to accompany the content save the day. Not only do they add to the aesthetic, but they also score a point by enhancing the message. Although they are brilliant, they do not overwhelm readers as they have been balanced with a large amount of white space for the commercial nature of the project and of course, the content.

Examples of artistic illustrations

Static Pages

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Free Illustrations: Trendy, artistic graphics that tell stories

MailChimp

MailChimp

The mobile design is filled with examples of how to use illustrations. Graphical assets are not accompanying elements but integral elements without which some applications will bore us to death.

Consider the mobile examples by Arnas Jonikas. The project presents a standard onboarding process which is skillfully explained by a set of descriptive illustrations. Another great example is Stan Yakusevich’s Mi Smart Home. The illustration is set in motion to make things more exciting and playful.

Mobile Examples by Arnas Jonikas

Mobile Examples by Arnas Jonikas

Mi Smart Home by Stan Yakoussevitch

Mi Smart Home by Stan Yakoussevitch

The illustrations do their job perfectly. If you want them to work in your next project, equip yourself with a work or two. To help you, we’ve created a collection of free resources where you can get great artwork.

We’ve covered different types and styles so you can find the perfect match for whatever project you have in mind.

Free Art Illustration Sets

Free Surreal Illustrations and Vector Art

Free Surreal Illustrations and Vector Art

Don’t fall for the trap of its bold name “Absurd Illustrations”, each piece here hides inner meaning and important concepts skilfully interconnected, providing viewers with food for thought.

If you want to break away from the crowd, this set of surreal designs is definitely a way to go.

Icons 8

Icons 8

From surreal to real, if the previous collection is too much for you and your inner genius is looking for a way to be clear and direct about something, try the illustrations created by Ouch! Team. There are a bunch of fantastic designs made in different styles and divided into subcategories. From contemporary and artsy artwork to weird and furious UX artwork, the gallery has something for everyone.

Other free illustrations

Humans

Humans

Brought to you by the talented Pablo Stanley, this whimsical compilation of vector characters lets you write your own story with a lead actor. Mix and match hairstyles and clothes to create unique characters. Moreover, Pablo has also shared several background scenes, so you can create an artwork without much hassle.

Illustration gallery by Manypixels

Illustration gallery by Manypixels

The team behind Manypixels has shared a huge collection of illustrations that depict different life situations. Change the coloring by clicking on the color picker in the header. Download them and use them in any personal or commercial project.

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While previous illustrations are monotonous, the Undraw roundup includes colorful designs. You can also dynamically change the main tone with on-the-fly image generation. There are a hundred small works of art that convey various concepts.

Assorted illustrations

Assorted illustrations

As we all know “Winter is not coming anymore. It’s already here and the end is near. This fantastic pack will undoubtedly catch the eye of all “Game of Thrones” fans. The Outlane Team has also prepared outstanding packages dedicated to various spheres, including workspaces, chemistry, Christmas stuff, and more.

Error Illustration Screens

Error Illustration Screens

Teks Mobile is behind this wonderful set of illustrated mobile screens. They were designed to make error pages user-friendly and fun, keeping the audience interested even in tricky situations. Each is designed to communicate a problem such as a failed connection or a broken link. You will undoubtedly find something special for your next project.

Free Illustrations by Streamline Icons

Free illustrations by Streamline icons

Streamline is famous for its high quality icons; it’s no wonder their artwork pack boasts of pixel-perfect craftsmanship. Fifty small drawings effectively covering different daily situations are available in three styles (multi-color, two-color, and line) and a bunch of formats, from PNG to PDF.

Set of summer graphics

Set of summer graphics

Helter Skelter designed the Summer Graphics set to convey the positive atmosphere of beach life. There are 20 watercolor illustrations and seven pretty backgrounds to create fantastic summer scenes.

New Year’s illustrations Viktoriya Semenova

New Year's illustrations Viktoriya Semenova

Viktoriya Semenova has created a beautiful set of New Year’s illustrations. It includes only four designs, but they are really festive and unique. Each is available in AI and PSD format.

Free LGBT Illustrations

Free LGBT Illustrations

This is another pack created by Streamline. This one sticks to a theme. LGBT is at the heart of this project which includes 240 small, vibrant and high quality illustrations. They are ideal for advocating for gender and sex diversity.

Designmodo Market Art Illustrations

Unruly illustrations

Unruly illustrations

Twenty illustrations of exquisite refinement await you in the box created by the Craftwork Design team. Each was made with information technology in mind. And each is an ideal candidate to represent or support various trivial situations inherent in startup concepts. Whether you need to create an e-commerce project or notify a user that something is wrong, the bundle has it all.

Candy Illustrations

Candy Illustrations

This lovely pack of illustrations promotes positive emotions and sparks a good mood in any project right from the start. Just like the previous set, it also meets the needs of designers who create web applications. Here, each work can be adapted to display basic concepts such as subscription or logout. Inside you’ll find 20 exceptional and slightly hilarious works of art that will become the driving force behind your next project.

While packages created by artists or self-help teams are undoubtedly excellent, there are other places where you can find high-quality artwork in different categories.

Conclusion

Illustrations establish a special mode of communication with an audience, going beyond simply telling a story. They set the tone and make the user experience enjoyable. They add personality and character to digital projects. And they work great in various environments, serving as a reliable tool that can save the day when you need it.

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