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Portrait of Mikey as a Father by MikeExelby Portrait of Mikey as a Father by MikeExelby
I guess I could present this as a companion piece to 'Portrait of Claire Pregnant' as it represents a male view of pregnancy.

When I planned the original pregnancy picture I talked to people about their experiences concerning starting a family.  There were many different responses.

One of the major differences between men and women was that, while women's first concern was their child, men tended to still focus on their wives.  This was starkly illustrated as women often said that they would rather die in childbirth than have harm come to their baby while men that they would rather the baby died than their wife.  Most men seemed to construct their model of a family with their wife at the center and children becoming a natural expression of love within that relationship.

This is the main point that I'm trying to express here.  I don't want to comment any more as people express such varied experiences, even from child to child within the same relationship.
grthink Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Mike, all your work is incredible. I genuinely can't understand why you've not been elevated to deviantart-superstar level. Here's hoping your work gets a little more love in real life? It genuinely deserves it.
MikeExelby Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Thanks for the compliment.  I'll be amongst the many people on here who don't get many views because I only really use deviant art as something to direct people to when they ask what my drawings are like.  I don't network or engage in social media because they leave me feeling as though I've wasted my time.
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June 5, 2014
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