Showcase of Websites with Illustrated Backgrounds

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One of my favourite styles of web design is the combination of hand drawn elements with digital interfaces. This showcase rounds up a collection of web designs with a creative illustration as part of the website’s background.


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Deborah Cavenaugh

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Robbin Waldemar

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Kimberly Coles

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Sasha Endoh Design

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Smallman Records

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Kreativa Unlimited

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That Indie Dude

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Tenessee Education

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Mike Poss

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A Crayon’s Life

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Kris Colvin

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Creative Week

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Adam Amaral

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Legwork Studio

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Snoop Media

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Project 365

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Mark Forrester

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Web Designer Wall

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N.Design Studio

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Chirag Solanki

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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.


  1. Very nice!!! :) Great post man! Thanks.

  2. Tim Wills says:

    Cool run down. With illustration close to our chief designer's heart, this'll be great inspiration for him.

  3. Some great inspiration here – thanks! The thing I love about these backgrounds is that they don't detract from the main content of the sites, but enhance it.

  4. Ben says:

    Just thought you may way to add:

  5. Mine could have been here too take a look

    But great collection

  6. Renee says:

    Very Nice. All is a big inspiration for brazilians. Thank you

  7. Lourens says:

    Wow, there are some really amazing illustrations here, thanks a lot.
    Now I just have to wait for my Wacom to arrive ;)

  8. Great post, nice to N Design on the list

  9. Calvin says: is another good example of blending the hand-drawn element into a website, and it has some really nice sub-pages that carry that theme throughout the whole site.

  10. Wow! Love this post! Inspired!

  11. FreelancerUz says:

    woo amazing where I can find any lessons about how do draw like this Chris?

  12. calixweb says:

    great post thank you !!!

  13. kim says:

    Wow! Thanks for including me in this list of awesome designs.

  14. Laura says:

    Wow great list – quite a few of them new to me too!

  15. Hand drawn graphic style websites are my favourites too… Just wish I had the creative talent to design them myself. Fantastic list, thanks for sharing.

  16. A really nice selection!
    Some old, some new, but still, priceless! :D

  17. Love it! Such a massive colllleciton!

  18. ABDUL JANOO says:

    Good Collection 4m wer did u get dis…….

  19. Random Blogger says:

    I love the examples above, they are so colourful and the hand drawn aspect really creates decent stand out.

  20. Dylan Bishop says:

    sweet post! added to evernote

  21. Surrey Web Design says:

    These look great! Very inspiring for a young creative like myself!

  22. Massimo says:

    this is my blog i could insert a illustration in the background

  23. Philippe Alves says:

    I hoped that Web Designer Wall and N.Design would not be in the list, but they seem to make it in illustrated websites lists again… and again… but, hey, it's okay, only 2 out of great discoveries.

  24. Great collection. Thanks for sharing.

  25. You got some cute designs there. Is this your work? If so, do you have any suggestion to do with my boring website ?

  26. Jake says:

    Wow, amazing how a background image can bring a website to life . im a big fan of the 10words website – works really well.

  27. mintdesignnz says:

    this is great thanx for sharing.

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