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BIRTH OF ABIMELEK - TEST I by kevissimo BIRTH OF ABIMELEK - TEST I by kevissimo
Staging the birth of the most evil character in the Old Testament book of Judges - Abimelek.

Though his birth by Gideon's concubine, Drouma, is only mentioned in passing, it was my intention to show his birth was as violent as his life. I felt compelled to make this piece.

All of the casting fell into place. The brilliant model and friend, :iconnevaehlleh: was always to be Drouma. It was no surprise to me that in the weeks previous, she told me she had shaved her head. Perfect...We let it grow out two more weeks and took shears to it as if she had cut it off in a fever of madness. Nev...you are fearless and brilliant. Then baby Zane and his mother Nathalie (who plays the midwife) were the next obvious choices. How much can I praise a woman who let's me cover her newborn in fake blood?

Then Athena (left) and Sylvie (right) as Drouma's attendants. Sylvie....your astounding face. You became the voice for this piece. Brave women all, in a very very difficult and exhausting shoot.

Though these images are only the digital reference shots, I hope and pray that the actual film captured what you all brought to the stage. I am proud of you all.....

PHOTOGRAPHED AT THEORY LABS, LOS ANGELES
MAY 14, 2011

FOR THE SERIES 'IN THE TIME OF THE JUDGES'-
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:icongabriellestory:
gabriellestory Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am doing up a Bible project BibleAce.com
and would like to know if I can use your awesome artwork.
Due credit and linkback will be given.
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:iconcurtdcampbell:

Wow just brilliant!!


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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Dec 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmichelozzo:
Michelozzo Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i'm deeply moved by your theme choice and dramatic outcome of your brilliant work
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.....
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:icongloversla:
this story, though i couldnt remember the reference, has stuck with me for some time. the twisted relationships all melding in this birth, i hadnt remembered that he was to grow up to be an evil character. what a display. Drouma's look captures it all, for me. Gonna havev to look up the series.
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Sep 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Right on and thanks so much
His birth is actually just mentioned in passing but I felt it important to depict it
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:iconbclement117:
did the mother die from this birth?
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Sep 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I intentionally left that open...
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:iconbclement117:
what do you mean?
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