1001 Black Men–#127

A couple weeks ago I re-read the novel Huckleberry Finn, and ever since then I’ve been combing through old magazines–really old magazines–for their drawings of enslaved Black people. My drawing for today is inspired by some of those old engravings, from 19th century issues of Harper’s, especially. I slightly altered some of the clothing and the poses from those drawings, but my 21st-century sensibility is evident in the expression on the subject’s face. I’d like to think he looks dignified, wise, and defiant .


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