Hard-hitting political illustrations will get you thinking

political illustrations

"There are issues that really matter at this election. But Britain’s media are ignoring them" by George Monbiot

Opinion pieces in national newspapers can often change outlooks, cause arguments and increase perspective. But it's not always just the words that get people thinking. Illustrations have become a huge part of the process, putting a thousand words into one striking image.

Quebec-based creative Sébastien Thibault (opens in new tab) regularly collaborates with The Guardian (opens in new tab), often featuring within its opinion section. This selection of his works is hard-hitting and straight to the point, showcasing a range of complex issues using simple execution.

Within this simplicity lies their effectiveness, with a focus on a single subject, that's as candid as it gets. Take a look at some of our favourites below and head on over to Thibault's Behance page (opens in new tab) to see a wider range of illustrative offerings.

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"We accept that Russian bombs can provoke a terror backlash. Ours can too" by Mehdi Hasan

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"Syria, Isis, Iraq... there are no easy solutions. But killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere draws more people into insurgencies" by George Monbiot

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"With no serious debate or challenge, the chancellor George Osborne is taking a huge gamble by opening up Britain’s economy to Beijing" by Rafael Behr

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"Democracy is in crisis and it seems to serve the people no longer, but rather vested interests" by Owen Jones

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"Jeremy Corbyn would clear the deficit – but not by hitting the poor" by John McDonnell

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Sammy Maine was a founding member of the Creative Bloq team way back in the early 2010s, working as a Commissioning Editor. Her interests cover graphic design in music and film, illustration and animation. Since departing, Sammy has written for The Guardian, VICE, The Independent & Metro, and currently co-edits the quarterly music journal Gold Flake Paint.