It’s hard to imagine The Hunger Games without that iconic mockingjay pin image. But, as with most cover art, I didn’t know exactly who created this image. Turns out it’s Tim O’Brien, artist and professor of illustration at University of the Arts. About the image, he says:
“It’s elegant because of the way the wings are displayed…The head bowed is a less proud position. He is turned back into the circle.”
It’s interesting to think of that description as a reflection of Katniss and the Districts of Panem. There’s a combination of strength and acquiescence, and the potential for sudden movement.
Make sure to click through for more about O’Brien and his illustration.
(image: The Hunger Games Wiki)