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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 Featured By Owner 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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kevissimo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yikes.....Somehow I managed to miss your message. Thank you for asking.....and yes.....
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:icongabriellestory:
gabriellestory Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually u did reply in a previous post some months ago.  Blessings man. Thanks again.
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curtdcampbell Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013

Wow just brilliant!!


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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmichelozzo:
Michelozzo Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.....
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gloversla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
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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kevissimo Featured By Owner 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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CommnderShepard117 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
did the mother die from this birth?
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I intentionally left that open...
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:iconcommndershepard117:
CommnderShepard117 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
what do you mean?
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't want to say either way, but leave that open to the viewer to wonder. But I did want to depict that she could have...
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surenabf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
i Not Say Every thing'S ! just say Fantastic :) <3
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losesprit Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Awesome...
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you...
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:iconredsuzanne:
RedSuzanne Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely Stunning! Breathtaking. Made me shiver....
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you...the actors knocked it out of the park. Very proud of them...
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:iconredsuzanne:
RedSuzanne Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I would be as well. You are very lucky to have them to perform for you.
Your concept however, is the "blood" of the piece.
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misterclutterfutt Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Wow this is absolutely stunning.
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much...
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Bstarlight Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
This is wonderfully done.
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you...I had very good people to work with...
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Myndzeye Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Amazing image! Rosie was perfect for this wasn't she!? The one time I worked with her, she fell right into the concept with such ease! Kudos to all involved!
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kevissimo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you...and absolutely. Rosie is brilliant. And so were everyone involved....
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MatteoKhan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so powerful and gosh I can fist the intensity as I watch every expression and every detail....
My respect....totally

XOXO Matteo
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kevissimo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank so very much...they were and incredible cast...
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asleeplikewolves Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Totally magnificent. What an amazing vision - great job.
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much...I had a great cast...
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soheyl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
This is an ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE photograph!!!
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man...Much appreciated and sorry for the late reply...
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Amazing work
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augenweide Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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WeakHeartedDemon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Powerful was the word that came to mind. This is real art.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
To be run through in the end, lest it be said a woman killed him. A beautiful photograph of an ugly scene, as violent as his life.
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much...as violent as his life indeed. Thank you for seeing that...
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I am going to go look at the rest of the series. The Book of the Judges is about the most violent and depressing book in the entire OT. A prof once commented you trace the pattern in the treatment of women, from the noble hero Deborah to the raped daughters of Shiloh.
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Noitusan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Epic!
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:iconniaprellik:
NiapRellik Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Perfect!
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:iconundecided-truth:
undecided-truth Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
very fucking good
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:iconlothrian:
Lothrian Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This picture is amazing, absolute genius :)
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WastedDays Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Staggering.
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DelinquentDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
i am not religious in any way and do not know this story but this image is extremely powerful and it's execution exquisite
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for that...this one surprised me...
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:iconchaoticmind:
chaoticmind Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
WOW this is really awesome
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GraySayell Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
simply incredible!!
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SHEOG0RATH Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
you are a genius! and everyone did a fantastic job indeed! :thumbsup:

Regards

Sheo
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much...something really special happened on this one. Very much above and beyond me...
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br53199 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
The texture. The toning. The emotion.
An unparalleled level of awesome.
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much...
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