Creator of the Mockingjay

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)

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