EW's design team picks their favorite illustrations that graced our pages over the past year.
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Best EW Illustrations of the Year
Credit: Illustration by Daniel Downey for EW
The Plot Against America
Credit: Illustration by Jennifer Dionisio for EW

10. The Plot Against America

An increasingly fascist government (sound familiar?) threatens to tear the country — and the Levin family — apart in The Plot Against America.

Illustration by Jennifer Dionisio

Art Direction by Chuck Kerr, Deputy Design Director

From “Reviews + News,” March 2020.

Best EW Illustrations of the Year
Credit: Illustration by Phil Noto for EW

9. Nomadland

Much like the illustration, Nomadland is a beautiful and starkly unadorned portrait of a widow named Fern (Frances McDormand) who finds herself living a vagabond life in the American West after the death of her husband.

Illustration by Phil Noto

Art Direction by Faith Stafford, Senior Art Director

From “The Year’s Best Movies,” January 2021.

March fantasy books
Credit: Illustration by Kevin Hong for EW

8. Angels and Demons

A new dawn of fantasy literature is upon us and charging ahead are epic new series from Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare that showcase fierce heroines locked in the age-old battle of good vs. evil.

Illustration by Kevin Hong

Art Direction by Anne Latini, Associate Art Director

From the Books section, March 2020.

Best EW Illustrations of the Year
Credit: Illustration by Daniel Downey for EW

7. Who Wants to Go to the Movies?

Let’s all go to the lobby to get ourselves some… P.P.E.? Daniel Downey gives the classic retro movie jingle a 2020 makeover, as pandemic-weary audiences avoided the theaters this year.

Illustration by Daniel Downey

Art Direction by Chuck Kerr, Deputy Design Director

From “Reviews + News,” August 2020.

Best EW Illustrations of the Year
Credit: Illustration by Agnés Ricart for EW

6. Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple’s both playful and urgent, melodic and chaotic album Fetch the Bolt Cutters topped our list of the year’s best albums.

Illustration by Agnés Ricart

Art Direction by Faith Stafford, Senior Art Director

From “The Year’s Best Albums,” January 2021.

Best EW Illustrations of the Year
Credit: Illustration by Pierre Mornet for EW

5. Fargo

Chris Rock is transported back in time with this painted portrait of his 1950s Fargo character.

Illustration by Pierre Mornet

Art Direction by Erica Bonkowski, Associate Art Director

From “The Must List,” April 2020.

Black Horror Story
Credit: Illustration by Adam Maida for EW

4. American Horror Stories

A new generation of Black filmmakers are using the horror genre to comment on real-life issues of race, equality, and injustice in America. 

Illustration by Adam Maida

Art Direction by Chuck Kerr, Deputy Design Director

From “American Horror Stories,” September 2020.

Best EW Illustrations of the Year
Credit: Illustration by Yuko Shimizu for EW

3. Ghost of Tsushima

The most epic, cinematic video game of the year deserves an equally epic illustration, featuring the brushwork of artist Yuko Shimizu. 

Illustration by Yuko Shimizu

Art Direction by Chuck Kerr, Deputy Design Director

From “The Must List,” August 2020.

Better Call Saul
Credit: Illustration by Chris Buzelli for EW

2. Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul made 2020's best shows list because of the power of the two main characters. Partners in life, partners in crime, partners in their descent into madness.

Illustration by Chris Buzelli

Art Direction by Anne Latini, Associate Art Director

From “The Year’s Best Shows,” January 2021.

Narcos Mexico
Credit: Illustration by Pablo Jurado Ruiz for EW

1. Narcos

This illustrated portrait of Diego Luna alludes to the driving force of the Narcos series itself. 

Illustration by Pablo Jurado Ruiz

Art Direction by Erica Bonkowski, Associate Art Director

From “The Must List,” March 2020.

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