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The Trail of Tears by jjpeabody The Trail of Tears by jjpeabody
The Trail of Tears was one of the worst things I ever learned about growing up. This image depicts the hardship and the journey that the American Indians partook. I realize it was probably a lot harder and a lost worse than what I learned about in American History. No one knows how many died during the Cherokee removal. The last journey of the Cherokee took 139 days and spanned 1,200 miles.

The image didn't start out being this. However, as the picture developed so did the art.

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The trail of tears was a terrible part of American History. This image does a very good job of setting the scene for how this atrocious piece of policy was put into action.
The scenario is completely possible. A relatively small number of US troops escorted Cherokee indians West.
This image blends several traditional painting techniques with digital tech very nicely. The thematic sensibility of this is driven by the leafless trees, the absolutely perfect color use, and the organization of space.
This is one of my new favorite images from this time period of US history. It belongs in an exhibit with real history, mementos from Cherokee tribal family history, and well written factual accounts of the ordeal. Great work on the image, hope you will consider doing more historical work.
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KatanaOngaku Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I hope you don't mind but I used this piece for a poem I wrote on the Trail of Tears. Your artwork is absolutely phenomenal btw.
I'm also not technologically inclined and couldn't figure out how to insert a link on this site so yeah sorry here's the URL to my poem, and again thank you your artwork is breath taking.…
jjpeabody Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't mind, but if you post anywhere else, please ask before posting.
KatanaOngaku Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! Nod Thank you so much!Hug 
RodwenFefalas Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013   Writer
This is a beautiful painting! I've used it as the cover for my short story, found here.
LutherTaylor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
super dope!!
jjpeabody Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Luther, thanks!
LutherTaylor Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problemo! been having some mega computer issues lately. i.e. computer wont come on, shuts down etc. no good at all. luckily been practicing traditionally anyway so not too much of a bother...YET
hope you been well
Sillybilly60 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautifully composition and wonderfully painted.
jjpeabody Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again for the feedback :)
Sillybilly60 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   Digital Artist
You're most welcomed...a beautiful painting it is!
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