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The Pied Piper by Rodrigo-Vega The Pied Piper by Rodrigo-Vega
So yes, Hammelin was crappy place to live it seems, with all the plague of rats and creepy traveling musicians that kidnap kids.

I got the inspiration for this piece after listening to Megadeth´s Symphony of Destruction and discussing a propper way to call a person with Piebaldism. I thought Pied was appropriate, since thats how you call a piebald animal, a "pied horse" for example.
I thought it would be cool to make a picture featuring a pied .. pied piper because of that.
Originally I was going to draw myself as the pied piper, since I have a small degree of piebaldism, but then I took some additional liberties with the image. For one I liked the idea that it could be heterochromic too, having eyes of two different colors. I do not know of any piebald with pink albino eyes, but I thought that would be the ultimate genetic excentricity you could probably have. A green and a pink eye.
I also wanted it to play a bagpipe isntead of some flute for some reason.. I don´t know, it must be my Asturian heritage speaking, bagpipes are awesome.

I liked how this turned out a lot.
Look quite medieval.
The diversity of rats is quite ammusing too if you look in detail, I thought it helped convey the fucked-up-ness of the vermin problem Hamelin and the inherent dark side of the story by adding:
- Several way larger than avarage rats.
- Mutant rats with sort of .. claws growing between their fur (A la warhammer, I´ve always been a fan of the Skaven), the largest one of which is an albino.
- A large missing a big part of the upper jaw to he bottom left.
- A "Rat King" t the bottom right, near the right foot of the Piper.
- A pied (maybe a pet?) pet rat on the top of one of the pipe stands.


Just like the pied piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes,
Swaying to the symphony...
Of destruction
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Aeteurnian Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Great work,and ah,I see you are influenced some by the artistry of metal too ;)
blackmoongirl Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply beautiful~
ScarletQuill Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Enchanting - a literal feast for the eyes :) Wonderful :D
SurpriseGoat Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very cool! I love it! But I believe the original reason he was called pied was because his clothes were pied (colourful).
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know, I just wanted to make him a biological pied too after I knew such thing existed :P
SurpriseGoat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The most pied piper. It looks really cool, and I like your take on the word. It makes him look more nefarious than he would if he was wearing colourful clothing.
freaketteangelx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
the frolicking various rats make this piece superb, excellent eye for detail!
Jovyss Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Photographer
love it!
Zeeaworld Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
This is the first time i see sm1 inspired by rats :D
I see the growing clows
So pro
Arkharoth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Sinceramente tus dibujos me encantan, tienen algo de único e inexplicable y además son fluidos, y cuando hace falta, inquietantes. Sinceramente, yo simplemente soy un aficionado a dibujar y tengo un par de dibujos nada mas subidos aquí, pero si algún dia 'pudiera dibujar como tú, ya sea estudiando artes o de manera autodidacta estaría bien orgulloso de mi mismo, y si te gusta dibujar tanto como a mi, tu deberias estarlo tambien.
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