It’s become almost iconic….the mockingjay from The Hunger Games, the fictional bird holding an arrow in its mouth.
Tim O’Brien came up with the drawing back in 2008, when The Hunger Games was about to be released by Scholastic. He’s married Elizabeth Parisi, the Executive Art Director at Scholastic.
Here’s a picture of that drawing from back then, from Tim’s blog .. and a bit of what he had to say about the project at the time.
This seems to be an important book for Scholastic and they and she spent quite a bit of effort trying to get it right. Great illustrators were hired to do covers for this book and the versions they came up with were inspired.
She (his wife) doodled a sketch of a pendant of a bird (RISD graduate in illustration) and asked if I could do a sketch for her to show. I did and it worked. People jumped on board and I took it to finish.
I think the cover is quite powerful and the book is a hit. This coming week Stephen Kind gave it a great review in the upcoming Entertainment Weekly.
I’m about to start the second book and I’ve promised to not procrastinate. It’s tough being married to the Art Director.
I wonder how he feels now, in 2011, just six months out from the first book being adapted for the big screen and the flaming mockingjay about to be seen everywhere.
Category: The Books