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David And Goliath
Drawing - Graphite On Bristol Board
Easily one of my favorite stories of all time, the tale of David and Goliath does not end with the giant being felled by a stone flung from David's sling. Depicted here is what follows thereafter with David beheading the Philistine champion with his own sword. Golgotha (the Place of the Skull) is speculated to be named after the resting place of David's trophy...later to be the place of the crucifixion of Christ. I explain this because those familiar with only the more child-friendly tellings of the tale may find this depiction rather odd...to say the least.
It was difficult to draw David at this age. He is not quite a man yet. A "stripling" is what he's called. Though in his eyes he is the future king of Israel and victory has not diminished the determination in the young shepherd's gaze.
He is seated on Goliath's chest with the giant's head turned at an impossible angle, as I chose to be more suggestive than explicit in that regard. You'll know his head is not attached to his body but not because you see it severed. But it is bloody. I think a disservice would be done to the gravity of the event if its rendering were too wholesome...or shall I say...too holy? The sword is impossibly large. His energies spent, he rests it on his knee, unable to fully grasp the hilt.
I worked on this little by little over the space of about 3 months finally bringing to fruition a long time dream of rendering this most beloved of stories.
I hope you enjoy it as well.
June 23rd, 2012
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