The reality of covering politics is that photographs of the subjects at the center of the news aren’t often compelling. How many images of a smirking Emmanuel Macron, a defeated Theresa May or an irate Donald Trump can one publication run before they become tiresome? (Don’t answer that — we know.) It’s for that reason, and to tell more conceptual tales, that we turn to illustrators for help.
Below you’ll find 15 of the most original illustrations to fill our pages this year, presented in chronological order. As you’ll see, styles run from delicately hand-drawn to boldly digital — and the artists behind them span the globe. But the common thread that runs through them all is a smart visual take on the news.
Vote for your top three images at the bottom of this page. And click on any artist’s name to see more of their work.
“Whatever happened to the new world order?” drawn for POLITICO by Miko Maciaszek.
“The AI issue,” drawn for POLITICO by Nicolás Ortega.
“Foreign diplomats brace for four more years of Trump,” drawn for POLITICO by Max-o-matic.
“The Religion issue,” drawn for POLITICO by Zach Meyer.
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