Oil, Paintings
gordon the slave original painting for sale by rachel santel

“Gordon the Slave”

Inspiration & Technique

Drawn first in detail using a real photo of Gordon for reference. I used a thickening medium to raise the scars on his back. I did the underpainting in acrylic and then applied oils thinly for detail.

Inspired by the true story of Gordon the Slave. This famous photo was taken of him after escaping slavery, not just once, but twice. It had an impact on me spiritually, and I thought it should be shared.

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