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The best hunting team in District 12.

It's not meant to be Katniss/Gale, this is merely a friendship piece however I'm not against the pairing either.
Here's briefly what I got from reading the books:
Personally I think the Katniss and Gale relationship (be it platonic or otherwise) is actually more interesting than the Peeta and Katniss one. Gale is awesome and Katniss is just badass in every way so the pair together are just an interesting combo.
Don't get me wrong Peeta is a sweet and lovely character whom I also love but for different reasons. To me it's clear that throughout the books Katniss does fall in love with him, although she remains oblivious to her own feelings. I think that she would like to be in love with Gale, because things would be easier and simpler if she were.
Unfortunately the heart wants what it wants.

The only thing that was I was unsure about was who she would pick, considering it was not based on who she loves, but on what life would throw at her. I wasn't expecting a 'happy' ending to the books and if you think about it, it wasn't really, because in the end she doesn't make a choice. It is made for her.

Then again I don't think that the books are about her relationships. In a nutshell the stories are about Katniss's struggle with life under the Dictatorship of the Capitol which, let's face it, is a much more substantial plot than a teenage girl's love life (... twilight).

Anyway they have an brilliant friendship, I like to ignore the whole epilogue and believe they managed to get past the bump in the proverbial road.

Sorry about the crappy background. Enjoy.
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bluebran Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This---> Awesomness
Seriously, you're great! Sorry if I flood you with *favourite* messages
dicksgirlfriend Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Awesome!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sabzlovingart127 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
fantastic! you've really caught their relationship here :)
NeverBeenDarkMarked Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Oooh, I love it :D Katniss has the best expression on her face!!
ilfie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm getting excited looking at all this Hunger Games fanart :D Great work!!
Shukare Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Artist
I like your Gale far, far better than the movie one. You draw exactly the way I've always wanted to.
kakao-bean Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
well done sketch!
an1mei3 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I love this, but I think your description really makes the picture. I'm not really of either team (Team Peeta or Team Gale, that is) but if I had to choose, I think I'd go with Gale just because the development of their relationship seemed more natural to me. Because you're right, in the end, the decision was kind of made for her (even if yes, she did pretty much fall for Peeta in the end. But to me it's more because they were pushed together? Or something?)

ANYWAY lovely lovely work on this. Especially like their boots (is that a weird thing to like?) You really captured the moment between them, here. :)
htereble Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this! I think it captures the moment perfectly, two friends that depend on each other and enjoy each other's comapany. I really love how you drew Gale, too.

And as far as the ships go, I get what you're saying but for me, the fact that Gale and Katniss are so much alike is what makes me averse to them as a couple. It's like Katniss says in Mockingjay, she's got fire of her own, a relationship with Gale, I think, would ultimately damage both of them. Peeta brings balance to her life. And as much peace as she could possibly achieve. But I still like to think that eventually, somehow, Gale and Katniss met again and managed to see each other as they once did: a true friend.
sogingerly Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
choco-junk Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks like from the movie :D
ArtistNinja101 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
SnittyCakez Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! LOVE this! Especially the poses, so casual!
Catching-Smoke Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
Kassis Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I haven't read the books, but I really like this picture. Their poses, clothes, faces - great work :) You are getting better and better, I can see it here very clearly.
TheSearchingEyes Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I love how you draw boots ^^
Shift-ing Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gale is perfect. Thank you for his beard.
slytherinsocks Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
You just made the most amazing job ever in capturing both the essence of the characters and their relationship! I love this.
Zestacular Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful piece:aww:

I think Katniss really loved Gale, but picked Peeta because she needed him, not because she loved him:hmm:. Does that make sense?
Halexandre Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

Oh, I see your point, but I don't agree with it. Knowing Katniss, I think nothing would stop her if she really wanted to be back with Gale (go and live in District 2? No probs!). Problem is… it all went really downhill in the end and she needed less fire and more tenderness. Specially after Prim.
Therefore, she chose the baker. (And put an end to my infinite screams of "HE LOVES YOU MORE THAN LIFE, YOU ARROWHEAD!")
I liked the epilogue: it did finish the knots in the plot with a merry (and tangible) bow. It was happy, but bittersweet… like life is.
But, you know what they say: when two people draw different conclusions from the same source, it's a good sign that the source is deep and plentiful — maybe on that we can agree.
And your Gale look adorable! Katniss looks badass, just as she should. Great work! :D
Acrynie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
nice piece!! =)
Lovely! :)
SamJackShipper93 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
So beautiful! I just love this couple (whether friendship or more)! :)
Ellenka-DA Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing picture. I think the mood captures the essence of their relationship just perfectly, and they are both oh-so-beautiful.

And I 100% agree with your note - Katniss didn't REALLY get to choose. And even though I know it wasn't SC's intent, I find the pairing just irresistible. They are awesome together. :D
crafty-girl86 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I find that your Katniss has started to look a little like Jennifer Lawrence, it's really cool how you combine likenesses and your own style!
Catching-Smoke Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I have only recently read the books so I do think I've been influenced by the actors they have chosen for the films. However, I do believe that Jennifer Lawrence is a reasonably good choice, I also think maybe Emily Browning would have been alright too... :aww:
crafty-girl86 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Makes sense!
KatieCullen200 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Love it!
Volparedx3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
dreamingginny Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is exactly how I figured it. It was never a real love triangle, because she loved Peeta the entire time, she was just confused and thought that it made more sense to love Gale, having known him so long and been his partner. Thank you for articulating that so well!
And for the beautiful artwork.
And yes, the love aspect is not the point of the book. As Josh Hutcherson said himself, the relationships are really only there to make you care about what happens to the characters, not as the central plot.
galadriel-602 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS. EVERYTHING. THE ARTIST'S COMMENT AND THE DRAWING. Perfection. This totally captures their relationship. Thank you for perfectly articulating that. :love:

(also omg scruffy beard is so sexy)
MAGlCOW Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have never been able to describe what I feel of the Katniss/Gale thing, but now...It's all clear to me. You are amazing. :clap:
I love the picture! It portrays their friendship so well!! :love:
geekyartist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm for Peeta/Katniss, but Katniss and Gale's friendship always warmed my heart. :D I liked the goverment/epic plot more though. Much, much more interesting.
Martafav Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Whisperwings Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, your crappy backgrounds are better than my best ones! I really love Katniss here, especially her eyes...she has this dry sarcastic look I imagine she wears a lot, but there's an element of real joy at being outside the fences as well ^
enteringmymind Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Awesome!!:)
shaiiim Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I really liked Gale and Katniss as friends, and got seriously angry when Gale was totally out of character in Mockingjay. But then again, war does crazy things to people, so I can't really blame him, or the author.
thezombifiedpeep Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I really love this! The detail is amazing, and I agree with pretty much everything you said in your description too.
HiddenOutOfView Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
AHH I love this so much!!! They look just perfect!
Gabs37 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
They look amazing! :D i love this :love:
DDLL Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, you really make a good job here! I've just read the first book and I love it!
indie-princess Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
it's so perfect!
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