Inspiration Served: Hand-Drawn Effects In Web Design

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I love the look of hand drawn effects in web design, and I don’t think I’m alone in this. I have no idea what gene that’s in us web geeks, but I’d say most of us have it.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled this list of the best inspirational sites, resources, freebies and tutorials that utilize hand-drawn effects. There is so much more available, but these are many of my faves. I hope you enjoy!

Inspirational Sites

These sites utilize hand drawn effects to just the right amount. They are fresh and original. That is what’s so great about this style, by it’s very nature, it’s unique.











Freebies & Resources

You don’t always need a pencil and pad to make this style work. Sometimes a quick fix is utilizing free resources.

Free Hand Drawn Doodle Icon Set for Bloggers


45+ Most Wanted Beautiful Free Hand Drawn Fonts


Vector Freebie: Hand Drawn Wings


120+ Free Hand-drawn Vector Arrows


Handycons: A Free Hand Drawn Social Media Icon Set


Hand Drawn Social Vector Set



Alright, so now your inspired to create some of these effects, well here’s how.

Photoshop: Hand Drawn Design


Technique For Creating A Hand Drawn Website Style


How to: Make a Hand-Drawn Font


Create a Sketchy Hand-Drawn Camera Illustration in Illustrator


Your Turn

I’d love to getting feedback; let me hear your thoughts. What do you think of this style? Are you tired of seeing it, or are you loving the uniqueness of it?

About the Author

Andrew is a primary contributer for MyInkBlog. He is a full time web developer for Niagara University. When he's not working there, he's a blogger, twitter'er, wordpress'er, silverstripe advocate, blessed father and husband.

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  • Dennis

    Coool! Great Post! Thank you

  • Janko

    Great roundup and thanks for including Handycons!

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  • javier romero

    love these thanks! It’s nice to see the growing popularity of hand drawn art.

  • Typegeek

    Honestly I haven’t seen much of them. I like it a lot and will have to check out these resources.

    Man, there is too much stuff out there.

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  • Tom Ross

    Great roundup Andrew! I actually had a very similar post planned out, but I may not post it now :P

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  • Alison Lee cousland

    Thanks Andrew,
    You really have shown the variety and uniqueness that’s possible with hand drawn effects in web design. Your post has inspired my to try designing some myself from my own drawings now.

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  • Andrew Houle

    @Janko Glad to include them :) They have such a cool style to them!

    @Tom Glad you liked the post. That’s funny I got to the idea before you. I think I recall a time I had a post idea that you posted about right before I got the chance :) Oh well, I say still post it, a couple of different perspectives are nice. Not to mention, it’s nearly impossible to write about a design topic that hasn’t been covered at least one other time. The main thing is that you add your own unique flare to it.

    @Alison Glad to hear it. Learning more about the technique has definitely perked my interest as well.

  • Nick Pagano

    Great roundup Andrew! Some awesome sites, and some very cool resources. Thanks for mentioning my arrows! Appreciate it :)

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  • @5t3ph

    Hey! My website has lots of hand-drawn goodness too ;) Currently…redesign is coming soon!

    Good list though! Many of these same ones inspired mine!

  • Chris Spooner

    Fantastic roundup, I’m a big fan of the old hand drawn style.
    Thankyou for including the blogger icons, I hope they come in handy!

    Chris Spooner´s last post was… Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices

  • Kevin Wirth

    Very cool, makes me wanna try a layout using this style

  • Fabio

    thanks for including my blog in this roundup, i am a great fan of this site and was very happy to be on the spot.

  • Logo Design guru

    I love the hand drawn look. It has become so obsolete with all the new technology of today that it is so nice to see it brought back.

  • AJ Troxell

    Thanks for adding my icon set to the list of other great designs and sites. Loving the ink on myInkBlog!

    AJ Troxell´s last post was… Hand Drawn Social Vector Set

  • Dainis Graveris

    loving hand-drawn style, social network vector set was new for me.:)

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  • T-Law

    It’s so useful and informational, big thanks ;)

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  • Kevin

    Some really nice websites and icons.

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  • Leo

    basmati tree is awesome … like this post.
    can’t imagine where you get all this stuff from :)

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  • Johnson Koh

    There is one more to add, ;)

    Johnson Koh´s last post was… Create Powerball Effect for Movie Poster

  • hami

    i liked the post, its great to see such a nice work all over the web and the compilation make us love their work more and more..

    Keep it up, now following your blog … nice domain too :D

    You rock

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  • fatheadsuk

    Hi, our site is an interesting blend of vector and hand drawn effect charecters! Currently in a redesign stage.

    Great list of samples, many thanks.

  • Ron Arts Web Design

    This post has described a great variety and creative use of hand drawn effects in web design. I t is awesome to see such an excellent work. Good job!!!!

  • Holiday Germany

    Hand design effects in web design looks good but make more difficult for designers to design a classy website but concept is unique. Thanks for sharing.

  • Brand Design Agency

    What a great collection you have put together here, we love the hand drawn effects in web design its both creative and visually attractive thanks for shraing.