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A Revolutionary Gale by pseudolirium A Revolutionary Gale by pseudolirium
Gale Hawthorne (c) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Continuing with the streak of THG fanart with the same style (backlit + symbol).

I realize quite a lot of people dislike Gale (for understandable reasons) but he's one of my favorites.

Like Katniss, I see him as a person of color. Unlike Katniss, he's always been very certain of his state of oppression, his hatred for his oppressors (the Capitol), and he's going to do something about it, peaceful resistance be damned.

Peaceful resistance seems nice and moral, but think about it in another way. As a woman of color, I see Gale's type of violence as mere self-defense to the widespread and institutionalized violence wrought against all people, not just those who don't live in the Capitol.

Hence the noose as his symbol, and hence my uploading on MLK day. Because Martin Luther King was far more faceted than just the peaceful-lovey-dovey icon many make him out to be: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable [...] We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered." --From "Beyond Vietnam"

Time: 5 hrs
Tools: openCanvas 4 and PS CS3

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, and happy MLK day. Think about racism and other systems of oppression today, and think about all the revolutionaries who have fought and will keep fighting the good fight.


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Spinderella6000 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I have my "reading the hunger games" playlist going and it seems to fit. :)
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe perfect! is this playlist online and if so send me a link!
Felixuta Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You really should do Johanna next :excited:
nellethiel-aranel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I LOVE Gale. I'm a diehard Katniss/Peeta shipper but Gale is still one of my favorite characters. Great job on this, your artwork is amazing.
wispy-mind Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
This is amazing!
Glycyrrhizicacid Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
This is EXACTLY how I imagine him :iconloveloveplz:
manga-cat-22 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Are you, are you coming to the tree
LarissaFagali Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
I think he looks like a darkside Peeta :S WTF?
Whatever, i like it :D
art4life217 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so awesome. Gale is one of my faves! <3
AquariusMj212 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
sooooooo HOT! :omg:
lmbrake Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gale is my favourite from the book as well. I agree with absolutely everything you said. It's what I liked about him. People say he's too angry, but come on, he has every right to be.

This is to brilliant for words. I especially love the background; it makes him and the noose really stand out.
Rai-Starstreak Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why I like Gale too...he ends up crossing a lot of lines, but the spirit of revolution is something I really admire in a character (especially one that comes from Gale's background). I think the noose/hanging tree was a good choice for his symbol, and his expression suits his character.
LaurasMuse Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Spot-on interpretation of Gale's character. And I love the composition of the image and the atmosphere of the trees. This is an inspiration.
CRartistTKD Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Lol I actually love Gale! (I don't know why, I just always have). Awesome painting! (I love all your Hunger Games work).
The-Girl-On-Fire-13 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
I thought of The Hanging Tree when I saw this.l
BertMel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
DriteAltia Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I agree with your statement about Gale, although I didn't particularly like him while reading the books; granted, that's probably because Suzanne didn't give him much time to actually be developed until Mockingjay, and even there he didn't seem nearly as developed as he could've been.

Beautiful picture! I love how you put the hangman's noose in the backround, and his expression is just so....Gale. <33 Wonderful job.
TheHungerGamesGale Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I love Gale!!! He's my favorite!
silberfische Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Are you, are you coming to the tree,
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me
Strange things did happen here, no stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree :')
Freed-Wings Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Gorgeous, love every part of this but especially the note you wrote with it, really captures the spirit of a revolution.
DarklyWhite Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Gale looks badass, great touch with the noose.
Surf4Fun Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree that Gale is one of my favorites. I feel like I'm the only person who likes Gale but I'm glad that other people do like him
AnimeDrawerandFan123 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I just cried alittle. Thinking of gale dying, SO SAD!!!!! :iconsadplz:
B-a-b-e-t-h Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He, I love Gale, even if he is such a terrorist :P
but most of all... I love all your paintings!
GothicLolita1011 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Very beautiful. I love the way you drew Gale...very talented.

I also really love your defense for Gale's position. I totally agree. Your description - "Gale's type of violence as mere self-defense to the widespread and institutionalized violence wrought against all people" - hits closer to home to Gale's personality/essence than any other HG fan I've come across. I feel, sadly, he often gets demonized and therefore gets stripped of a lot his character. He's really quite multifaceted and can be very sympathetic. The series, after all, is written in first person - Katniss' POV - so people have to remember its slanted to just HER POV. If told from Gale's POV, it would be very different...and probably a lot more sympathetic to him. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Katniss, but its something to keep in mind. I actually always found Gale's sureness and determination for rebellion refreshing, especially when Katniss, at times, was a little wishy-washy about whether she really wanted to stand up to the capital. Once again, not trying to demonize Katniss, I adore her, and she has her reasons for her behavior - I'm just saying Gale has his positive moments too. And he has his reasons as well.

Anyway, the concept with the noose is striking, and the image is really haunting. I love his expression. I wish I could draw like that xD Now I feel like writing...thanks for the inspiration :)
Tenri Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Student Writer
Wow, the look in his eyes is haunting.
fairycloud22 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Yeah, I know what you mean. I always envisioned district 12 as somewhat of a swarthy group, with olive skin like tan Spaniards or regular Italians. Maybe not with African (that seemed more like Rue's district) or Mexican roots perse, but definitely not white. Collins' description of the district never gave me the impression that the Seam inhabitants, at least, were Caucasian. Maybe the mayor and Peeta and that upper-class lot, but not Katniss or Gale.
redshade1029 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I really like this. Though it probably wasn't what you intended, this looks to me like the moment when Gale first met Katniss (without the snare though) as a 14 year old. His face looks so young which is why I'm thinking of the younger version of Gale. Regardless, you still manage to capture the character very well.
unimportant-user Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome drawing C:
I hate Gale, though.
Hope that hangy...mabobber is for him >:D
barngrl11 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really love this picture :D I never imagined Gale looking like this....
dsa22 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Galeeee! O: omg really good, he's not my Favorite, but in this draw i think he needs one opportunity :33 Very Good!
Haasini95 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow
Grey-79 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I love the gren colors!
MyFriendSamisDead Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
idk why, he reminds me of light from deathnote.
StoneButterflies Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow! You're great at these. You capture them very well.
Menou-lily Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
That is an excellent way of perceiving Gale; he might not be my favorite character, but I think his hatred for oppression had its place. Out of curiosity, what is the term for mixed races? :O

Also, what race did you depict for Gale and Katniss? I'm sorry if this is offensive and I hope you don't take this the wrong way because I thought they are dark-complexioned Caucasians because their features are Caucasoid in appearance apart from the skin color. I would have placed them as of Italian, Middle-Eastern, or Latino heritage.
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Two-races would be biracial, many would be multiracial. There's also a difference between race, ethnicity, and nationality so it gets quite muddled up.

No worries, not offensive at all. Judging by their location in the books (Appalachia), it seems that they would realistically be "Melungeons", or mixes of white, African and Native American.

But olive skin tone does indeed refer to Mediterranean skin colors, so what you place them is probably accurate too.

Caucasian is a term referred to white people or people who are perceived as white. Italians and Jewish people now, for example, are considered Caucasians when at points in history, they have been considered the "Other." Being added to the category of Whiteness is a privilege granted by those already in that dominant category. So, while the pigments in your skin are real, the races associated with the melanin in your skin are socially constructed. You'd be hard pressed to find any Middle-Eastern or Latino people who would 1) identify as Caucasian and 2) would be considered Caucasian by other people, especially considering the eons of violence they have suffered at the hands of Caucasians.
Menou-lily Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Thanks for the clarification!

I'm sorry that the last paragraph was worded improperly. I meant that even though their features are Caucasoid (facial features wise), it could be a stretch to place their races as Latino or Middle-Eastern judging by your portrayal alone.
whatwazthat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
gorgeous piece, the lighting is incredible.
Shithua Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow,looks soooo awesome!!! You made me happy with this! :3
Gale is awesome :D
CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an incredibly moody picture and it doesn't look like it has a happy ending! Great reflected light on the character's face and you did a wonderful job of quieting down the background so it doesn't compete..
Exillior Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
... I had to google "person of colour". >_> I just call myself "brown" or "yellow". >_>
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe no worries, now you know. I'm also slowly learning the terminology that is comfortable for me, as in terms coined by people like me, and not by oppressors.
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