Sebastien Thibault

Sebastien Thibault

(He/Him) • Montreal, Canada

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Biography

Sébastien Thibault creates illustrations that provide sharp political commentary on topics that are relevant today. Based in Matane, Quebec, Thibault uses graphic shapes, simplified form, and intense color to create symbolic images full of content. His illustrations venture into political standoffs between world leaders, economic disparity, even toxic love – allowing viewers to react to his at times, witty, at other times, terse imagery.

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Selected clients


The New Yorks Times, The Guardian, The Economist, The Washington Post, Le Monde, Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Billboard, L'Actualité, Le Devoir, Québec Science

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Awards


  • Comunication Art Illustration Annual 2017
  • Applied Arts Illustration Annual 2017
  • 3×3 Illustration Annual 2017

Sebastien Thibault in the Spotlight

Sébastien Thibault / The Nuclear Weapons States / The Guardian - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sébastien Thibault / The Nuclear Weapons States / The Guardian

Sébastien Thibault / We Stand on Guard / Globe and Mail - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sébastien Thibault / We Stand on Guard / Globe and Mail

llustration Annual 63 of Communication Arts Magazine - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Illustration Annual 63 of Communication Arts Magazine

he rising cost of energy in UK – The Statesman - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

The rising cost of energy in UK – The Statesman

une série sur la pollution liée aux transport – dossier spécial dans le journal Le Devoir - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / une série sur la pollution liée aux transport – dossier spécial dans le journal Le Devoir

Associated Church Press Awards - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Associated Church Press Awards

A-Magasinet cover – An eye for Norway - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / A-Magasinet cover – An eye for Norway

The Guardian/ Health Inequalities - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / The Guardian/ Health Inequalities

L’Express Magazine – Bureaucratic Insanity - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / L’Express Magazine – Bureaucratic Insanity

Québec Science – Covid-19: One year later - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Québec Science – Covid-19: One year later

Cover Illustration for The Guardian Review - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Cover Illustration for The Guardian Review

L’Express Magazine – Sanofi failure - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / L’Express Magazine – Sanofi failure

Le Pelerin Magazine - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Le Pelerin Magazine

Christmas Cards/Québec sans pauvreté - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Christmas Cards/Québec sans pauvreté

Stern Magazine – virtual learning - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Stern Magazine – virtual learning

The Guardian, opinion section - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / The Guardian, opinion section

Silver medal – National Magazine Awards - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Silver medal – National Magazine Awards

Cover illustration for SQuébec Science Magazine - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Cover illustration for SQuébec Science Magazine

The Guardian Weekly cover - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / The Guardian Weekly cover

Cover Illustration for Red Bull Magazine - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Cover Illustration for Red Bull Magazine

Financial Times Weekend - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Financial Times Weekend

Guardian Weekly cover - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / Guardian Weekly cover

The Walrus – Anatomy of an Epidemic - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / The Walrus – Anatomy of an Epidemic

L’Express Magazine - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / L’Express Magazine

The Guardian – Inflammation - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Sebastien Thibault / The Guardian – Inflammation

nnual report for le Fonds de solidarité de la FTQ. - Sebastien Thibault - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Annual report for le Fonds de solidarité de la FTQ.


Sebastien Thibault

Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an illustrator? What were your earliest impressions?
I am a very shy person. Art allows me to express my opinions and feelings. I am able to challenge myself with art.

My parents knew that I would become illustrator. They had enough confidence in me to let me paint on the walls of our house. I also play the drums. My second big dream was to become a successful musician, but creating illustration isn’t bad either. 😉

Who or what influenced your art when you were young?
When I was young, I was fascinated by Surrealist painters: Salvador Dali, among others, for his imagination, his dreamlike world and his mastery of painting. He was the perfect symbol of an illustrator in my mind. His way of making art was connected to other media such as movies, jewelry and poetry.

I was also influenced by music visuals like record sleeves and
T-shirts, especially 80s heavy metal bands.

Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?
Drawing was visceral when I was young and it still is one of the things I enjoy the most in life. I don’t remember what my drawings from childhood looked like, but later, in high school, I was often mandated to create “gig posters.” The poster layouts were always busy. The overdose of detail made it hard to focus on the subject. It’s weird how I make simple illustration with minimal detail now.
Why did you choose illustration as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
I’m good at it. I’m not much of a filmmaker or doctor.

Did you study art in school?
I studied art in college and graphic design at Laval University. I took an editorial illustration class in University. It revealed what I was really into.

Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
I am a workaholic and like to work on several projects at the same time. In the last few years, I take an hour a day to engage in sport and, trust me, it really helps me stay fresh and current.

Do you have a favorite illustrator? What is it about that illustrator’s work you like?
I admire the painter, Marc Séguin, for his work but also for his philosophy of art. He’s a well-rounded illustrator who controls emotion through painting. He works in other art forms too: writing and film.

If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
Honestly, I really don’t know. I am very fortunate to be able to pay my bills with illustration. I work very hard to be able to support myself as an illustrator and hope to continue.

Do you have a favorite illustrator supply, a favorite method, or favorite location, where you like to create artwork?
My place of creation is my home office. I really try to create a separation between my office, where I work, and the rest of the house, where I live and spend time with my family.

If you could give a viewer clues to understanding your art, what would you say?
I like to say that my art is like Magritte meeting the punk band NOFX. It’s a kind of politically incorrect surrealist style of work.

Why does art matter to you? Why might it matter to the world?
Art is based on emotion. I think that art represents the difference between robots and human beings: the ability to feel.

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