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I'm looking for suppliers of hand-drawn stock imagery for a project that needs a consistent visual language (hence there should be larger quantities of material from the same artist/s) but doesn't have enough of a budget to hire an actual illustrator to do custom-tailored work.

Do such specialized archives exist? The material provided by mainstream stock archives is hardly consistent enough, and tends to veer on the "vector illustration" side rather than a real "hand drawn" look.

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You might have better luck at a book store / Amazon than online for this. Or hiring an illustrator since you need a consistent visual language.

There are books dedicated to royalty free illustrations, mostly old ones that are no longer covered by copyrights: Royalty Free Illustration Books

For example there's an entire book Animals: 1,419 Copyright-Free Illustrations of Mammals, Birds, Fish, Insects, etc (Dover Pictorial Archive)

which as noted in the title has 1,419 illustrations along these lines:

enter image description here

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  • How interesting I never even considered using books like this? So would you simply scan and use? – DevlinTube Dec 10 '20 at 12:34
  • @DevlinTube that or go to archive dot org and find pre scanned versions of books in public domain. – joojaa Dec 10 '20 at 15:14

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