Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’ve probably heard about a little movie (and book series) called The Hunger Games. In the story of Katniss Everdeen’s struggle to win the reality-TV-gone-wrong event that is the Hunger Games, her mockingjay pin becomes an symbol for freedom. But who created the visual representation of author Suzanne Collins‘ idea? The iconic mockingjay illustration is the creation of Tim O’Brien, a professor at the Pratt Institute and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.
O’Brien is a renowned illustrator whose work is in the National Gallery of Art and has appeared in many national magazines, and he’s the executive vice president of the Society of Illustrators. Here’s what he had to say about the work, which will certainly outlive us all:
“It is incredible to watch the illustration I created for The Hunger Games used all over the world and to see it most recently on every cab, bus stop, and billboard in New York City,” said O’Brien. “Seeing the image everywhere is a real ‘pinch me’ moment for me. Illustration is everywhere and brands much of what we see and understand visually, and this is just one example of its power.”