19 Free hand-drawn sketch icons

Sketch Icons

I‘ve been seeing a lot of sketch-type web designs around recently, as well more and more hand-drawn fonts. I don’t think that’s a big surprise.

Web 2.0 style, which is/was great in its own right, gave us a lot of slick glossiness that was almost too perfect. It’s only natural that a new style would emerge, one that would act as a counterpoint to all that.

That’s where these sketch icons come in. They’re the perfect contrast for any Web 2.0 design you may have, and they’ll fit right in with anything you’re working on that needs a more organic feel.

About the hand-drawn icons

These were all drawn by me. On paper. With a pen. Then I scanned them in and cleaned them up (but not too much) in Illustrator.

Each icon is a jpeg and comes in two sizes: 48×48 and 96×96 pixels. Each is dark greyish on a white background. You want more info than that, you’ll just have to download them!

I hope you enjoy these and are able to add some human touch to your design projects. And when you do use them, feel free to send me a link and I’ll feature your work (if it’s awesome).

Update: ALL of the icons are now in transparent PNG format. Yup, that means they’ll work on top of any background. Except black of course. That would be silly.

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Charlie Pabst is a guitar-wielding designer, a sharp-shooting writer, and a tell-it-like-it-is ever-kid. He is also not afraid of hyphens.

He is the founder of Charfish Design and Ignite Living.

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150 Responses to “19 Free hand-drawn sketch icons”

  1. Anthony

    Dig ’em, dude, thanks! I have just the place for these. I might commission a couple others that aren’t in the set that I’d like to use in an ebook I’m doing.

    Rock on, and thanks again!


  2. Charlie

    Thanks, Anthony! Appreciate it.

    Send me a link when you put the icons to use. Would love to see what people do with these.

  3. Wow, amazing set of icons! I love the way you’ve shaded in the shadows – lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    I’m just wondering – will it be better if you convert it to transparent PNGs for those who’re less adept at Photoshop/Illustrator?

  4. Charlie


    Thanks, dude! I really appreciate your comment. And your suggestion is a good one. I’ll be issuing some PNGs and updating the post soon.

    And let me know if you use the icons anywhere. Would love to see them in action.

  5. Definitely. If I’ll be using your icons (they look perfect for a hand-drawn/grunge theme), I’ll keep you posted 🙂 thanks for being so helpful – I guess many will be delighted with the transparent PNG icons.

  6. Charlie

    Jakob –

    Fantastic, man! I appreciate your using the icon and for sharing the link as well. That site is looking excellent! Nice work, and thanks again!

  7. Nice ones! I will be probably using these on my new website, send me an email to remind me to contact you when it’s done 🙂 cheers

  8. @Wouter
    @Gopal Raju

    Thanks guys, I am glad you like them! Looking forward to seeing how you use them!

    @Simon Philp
    Dude. Thanks for the reminder…UPDATED! Enjoy!

  9. Frank

    Hey, man, nice work! Those look fantastic on your site. You did a great job with the placement and overall feel.

    Thanks for letting us know!

    • Thanks, Alex. You’re very welcome. Let us know if you do something cool with them. Love to see them in action.

  10. hollywood-acting-workshop

    this is the first time i have seen hand drawn icons. nice.

  11. Great Work! Cool!!

    Can I use it for my personal site?

    Add your name and link to your site in the credits.

    • Hey, Ohm!

      Of course you can use the icons, but I thank you very much for asking.

      You don’t have to credit me if you don’t wish to, but I certainly wouldn’t mind. Either way, you can send me a link as I love to see what people are up to with these icons.

      Thanks again! Best of luck to you…

  12. I should digg your post so more people can see it, really helpful, I had a hard time finding the results searching on the web, thanks.

    – Norman

  13. THANK YOU!! I looked all over for something like this, even paid $20 on iStockphoto for something inferior. YOU ROCK!!

    • You’re very welcome! Now, that will be $20 please!

      Just kidding 😉 But hey…I have a new set I’m working on, and there will be approximately 93 billion icons in it. I might make it premium ($5-$10 or so) but it’ll be worth it!

      Thanks again for stopping by. I’d love to see the icons in use, so send me a link if you get them up somewhere.



  14. Thanks Charlie. These look great and the fact that they are REALLY hand drawn makes all the difference. I will need to change some of the background colors but will definitely make good use of it. Thanks for giving it away for free dude!

    • You’re welcome, Daniel. Glad you like them.

      Got a bigger set coming up soon. Probably be a premium set ($7-$12 or so) that will have gazillions of icons in it.

      Thanks for the comment, bud!

  15. @Dave –

    Thanks…glad you like the set. Sounds like a plan. I’ve got a bunch of new sketch icons already in the works. I’ll be sure to add Google +1 to the list.

  16. I’ve been reading your blog a few times and this is the first time I feel like I need to comment. Very nice writing indeed. Professional Windows icons for software design. Download and order any icon files. How to make perfect digital icon collection with Paint Shop Pro.

  17. Mariam Mohie

    WOOooooOOW, that was so helpful.
    Thanks A million Charlie, you are my hero!

    I’ve designed my own icons inspired by your talent and so happy with the results 😀

  18. Thank you so much for these icons – I’ve been searching and searching the web for something that would work on my website and these are the perfect fit! I have given you credit on the footer of my website 🙂 Website is still being worked on, so my apologies in advanced for holes in the design. Thank you again! 🙂

  19. joesmack

    Please do these in 256 pixels? tht would be awesome! these icons are amazing 🙂

  20. I have a small personal blog…I’m wondering if you’d mind me using your images for the social media link buttons? That is, if I can figure out how to make buttons for it. 🙂 of course I will link back to you and give credit where credit is due.


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