War frames: imprisoned ex-servicemen depict their experiences in Iraq at the Venice Biennale 

"The reason I used prisoners is because this work is about the nature of criminality. I thought it was a good idea to have [the likes of Blair, Campbell and the former head of MI6 John Scarlett] drawn by people who’d been on the receiving end of their decisions."

Halid, who is 10, must be one of the bravest people I am ever likely to meet…

Illustration: George Butler

Scenes from Syria, illustrated by George Butler – in pictures

Can you draw Tina Fey? A wedgie? The world’s fastest-growing phone game also happens to be the quickest way to bring friends together

How to draw… ELEPHANTS

The creator of Elmer, David McKee, is sharing his best tips for drawing an excellent elephant. Just sure you’ve got loads of coloured pencils handy…

Photograph: Cartoon Movement/VJMovement/LSE

The London School of Economics is hosting an exhibition of cartoons that address issues of justice and security. The images are provided by the VJM’s Cartoon Movement, a global collaborative platform for editorial cartoons and comics journalism. The exhibition in London runs until 17 February

Photograph: Anna and Elena Balbusso

Striking illustrations from a new edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale:

As we wait in our double line, the door opens and two more women come in, both in the red dresses and white wings of the Handmaids. One of them is vastly pregnant; her belly, under her loose garment, swells triumphantly. There is a shifting in the room, a murmur, an escape of breath; despite ourselves we turn our heads, blatantly, to see better; our fingers itch to touch her. She’s a magic presence to us, an object of envy and desire, we covet her. She’s a flag on a hilltop, showing us what can still be done: we too can be saved.

Photograph: Harper Collins

Cartoonist Ronald Searle’s drawings for his wife Monica, as she was treated for a rare and virulent form of cancer over a five-year period in the early 1970s. She survived, and the intimate drawings stand as a moving testimony to love and hope