SPOILER ALERT --- YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
"No," he says. "Don't take off the handcuffs. They help hold me together."
"You might need your hands," says Gale.
"When I feel myself slipping, I dig my wrists into them, and the pain helps me focus," says Peeta. ~ Mockingjay
“Ally." Peeta says the words slowly, tasting it. "Friend. Lover. Victor. Enemy. Fiancee. Target. Mutt. Neighbor. Hunter. Tribute. Ally. I'll add it to the list of words I use to try to figure you out. The problem is, I can't tell what's real anymore, and what's made up.” ~ Mockingjay
One of the most heartbreaking part of Mockingjay, if not the whole series, is seeing Peeta, who used to be so composed, break down after he's rescued from the Capitol. How confused and violent he is, which is the exact opposite of what Peeta Mellark represents. Those two parts above, along with how he discovers that the false memories of his highjacking 'shimmer' really got to me. The shimmering of he false memories is pretty easy to see in the pic. And I wanted to show, with the cuffs, how much he fought and struggled to keep control.
This was quite the process for the pic, but I'm satisfied with how this came out. His expression at first was more solemn and quiet. Then I decided I really wanted him to seem in pain and conflicted. I'll be honest, it pained me so much that I nearly reverted the expression back to what it was previously. D:
Hope you like!
Peeta Mellark is © Suzanne Collins
Illustration is © Jessika Gravel 2012
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