Art directors at The Washington Post commissioned work from more than 400 artists in 2021 to illustrate a range of topics, including the recovery from the pandemic, the vaccine rollout, the Olympics and January 6th. The following showcase represents artwork from around the world, along with links to previously published stories where the illustrations originally appeared in print and digital coverage.

Arts and entertainment

The 10 Best Books of 2021


How the romance genre found its happily ever after


Movies to satisfy your pent-up wanderlust


Love, in all its permutations


Fill out your Oscars ballot


Video game franchises we want raised from the dead


Cherry blossoms reimagined: After uncertainty in 2020, D.C. festivals find a way forward in 2021


Can You Pet The Dog? In many games, and in this article, you can.


What does reality TV owe Black women?


In ‘The Fortune Men,’ a corrupt legal system frames an innocent man

News and events

What were the Capitol rioters thinking on Jan. 6?


2021 March Madness Bracket


Can you eat cicadas? Yes, and here’s the best way to catch, cook and snack on them.


How 9/11 changed TV, art, sports, education, and more


Noah Lyles is ready for the moment


How to watch (some of) the Olympics online for free


They are Olympians. They are mothers. And they no longer have to choose.


What is Juneteenth


Everything you need for the return of travel


Mortality rate for Black babies is cut dramatically when Black doctors care for them after birth, researchers say


Every Cabinet job is about climate change now


Former president, private citizen and, perhaps, criminal defendant: Donald Trump’s new reality


Maybe it’s time to admit that the Statue of Liberty has never quite measured up


Opinion: It wasn’t hubris that drove America into Afghanistan. It was fear.


The Gift of Eihab Falah


What does justice for Jamal Khashoggi look like? Unleashing free expression in Saudi Arabia.

Lifestyle and features

In classical music, it’s the season of ‘Fire’ and ‘Eurydice,’ among other things


Discovering Dr. Wu


Dawoud Bey, Jasper Johns and ‘Automania’ are among the many compelling reasons to visit museums this summer


Our culture fetishizes youth. I want to celebrate my successes at any age.


Tom Sietsema’s 10 favorite restaurant dishes in the D.C. area


‘Together as a family’: Multigenerational living rises in pandemic


You like to drift off to podcasts. Your partner prefers silence. Headphones offer a compromise.


8 important — and overlooked — questions to ask before buying a home


To boost immunity, forget ‘magic pills.’ Focus on sleep, exercise, diet and cutting stress.


At Montana’s Big Sky Resort, a new perspective on skiing


Blood is a respected ingredient around the world, but less so in the U.S. A new book aims to change that.


The journey from seed to harvested Christmas tree is a long, winding road


Tiny cloffices — workspaces in closets — are big, thanks to the pandemic

Issues and service journalism

Weary of turmoil and division, most teens still voice faith in future, Post-Ipsos poll finds


Is D.C. finally on the brink of statehood?


America’s workers are exhausted and burned out — and some employers are taking notice


Merriam-Webster promoted a word game littered with offensive terms — the latest reckoning over language in the puzzle world


The inclusivity trap



Art with a point


iTrapped: All the things Apple won’t let you do with your iPhone


Are striped bass doomed? Some conservationists are worried.


Vaccine etiquette: A guide to politely navigating this new phase of the pandemic


Meet the scientist teaching AI to police human speech


Art with a point


The truth about caregiving: Your determination isn’t enough


I found my stolen Honda Civic using a Bluetooth tracker. It’s the latest controversial weapon against theft.


Five tactics used to spread vaccine misinformation in the wellness community, and why they work


7 books by trans and nonbinary authors to read this Pride Month


Byron Calhoun says abortion is never necessary to save a mother’s life. He’s the only high-risk OB/GYN in central West Virginia.


Can computer algorithms learn to fight wars ethically?


Navigating the return to office


The Nine


The pandemic caused a global surge in domestic violence. For victims with few options, abuse has become the new normal.

Illustrations from previous years

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