Do book cover illustrations influence the way you envision a character before you read a book? Does an actor cast as the character from your favorite book embody your idea of the character in a film?
My niece and I recently discussed these questions. We decided that we try not to allow an illustrator or casting director to change our vision of our favorite literary characters. So, as an illustrator, I’m turning the tables and presenting Katniss, the main character from The Hunger Games, the way I see her.
Dianne, my wonderful niece, who turns twelve years old today, may not share my vision, but I can’t wait to find out what she thinks. Dianne, this post is in honor of your birthday. You inspired it. Please think of it as a kind of a “post (Birthday) card”. Let me know if my illustration looks at all like your vision of Katniss. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
*Check out Wikimedia Commons to view how others see Katniss