Exodus 10:21-29 (ANIV)
21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand towards the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand towards the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No-one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
24 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the Lord. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.”
25 But Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the Lord our God.
26 Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshipping the Lord our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord.”
27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. 28 Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.”
29 “Just as you say,” Moses replied, “I will never appear before you again.”
TIME OF DAY:
I have set this scene in the late morning, with the sun high in the sky.
The sun lights the scene, from above.
Moses (in blue) & Aaron (in brown) are accompanied by a man & woman on the roof of a house.
We can see a man holding his donkey, & a woman looking out from the door of the house.
Although they are very difficult to make out, there are several Egyptians to be vaguely seen, inside the darkness, to the left of the scene.
This scene is entirely imagined, with no reference or research materials used.
I could have made the left half of the scene entirely black, but that would have been rather dull to look at. So I have introduced vague shadowy shapes in the gloom. You might be able to see a house, very similar to the one on the right of the picture. By it there are 2 figures that are groping about, trying to find their way around. Whilst in the background there is another figure, with some trees on the horizon.
I wanted to make the darkness look like a curtain of black, extending from the foreground all the way to the horizon. I think the watermark text gets in the way, but have a look at the blog entry for this cartoon illustration, where you’ll see a close up of the dark area.