Katniss Everdeen (book version)

I wanted to warm up for a portrait series I start on next week and was trying to decide what to draw, when I remembered that I’ve been meaning to draw Katniss as she appears in the books for FOREVER. So I went back and rechecked the description of the people who live in the Seam and off we went 🙂


I always envisioned Katniss as being Latina or having some significant percentage Native American heritage. Maybe both? (Her appearance is based on Latina reference photos.)
While I loved Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, and if I hadn’t read the books would have been raving non-stop about her performance, I’m still sad that we didn’t get a chance to see an equally amazing performance out of an actress who looked more like Katniss. Why not a Latina actress? Why not a Native American actress? They’re out there, and I’m sure they’re good. Maybe someday…

For the coloring, I played around a little and moved a bit away from the cell-shading that I tend to do. Her skin-tone is layered transparencies to give it dimension and warmth, and her shirt is textured with screen tones. I really like how both effects worked, and I’ll probably try to use them again.

I will probably do another of these later, as well as a follow up on the Thresh and Rue image I posted a while back. I want to draw her either volunteering or giving the three-finger salute, and I want to draw her dressed up in the Capitol as well. Possibly one or two more scenes.
Anyone have suggestions for things they’d like to see?


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