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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.


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Just like the pied piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes,
Swaying to the symphony...
Of destruction
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:iconmorrigaincrow:
MorrigainCrow Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
simply great
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:iconaeteurnian:
Aeteurnian Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Great work,and ah,I see you are influenced some by the artistry of metal too ;)
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:iconblackmoongirl:
blackmoongirl Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply beautiful~
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:iconscarletquill:
ScarletQuill Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Enchanting - a literal feast for the eyes :) Wonderful :D
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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).
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
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
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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.
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freaketteangelx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
the frolicking various rats make this piece superb, excellent eye for detail!
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:iconjovyss:
Jovyss Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Photographer
love it!
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:iconzeeaworld:
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
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:iconarkharoth:
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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:iconsmoke-hawk:
Smoke-Hawk Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I love how he looks like a giant patch quilt
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:iconcr0atoan:
Cr0atoan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Man...there's so much feeling and symbolism in this work...WOW. :D
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:icondontaddthis:
Dontaddthis Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!
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:iconfuriowe:
furiowe Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, it's amazing! Great idea for make something and just fantastic implementation.
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:icontheblack-kat:
TheBlack-Kat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Filmographer
Great job mate, love it. Has a great early 20th century illustration look about it.

Question though, have you read (or are familiar with) 'The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents'? Actually was the first thing I thought of with this (probably from the prominent albino and the presence of a rat king).
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Selladorra Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the tale of pied piper.. I've always found that it has this air of mystery to it. I think your illustration accurately portrays that :) Fantastic work.
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FREAKKATT Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really awesome, I love all the details. Also how there's not much color, 'cept on the clothing. It really draws the eyes to the main point of the image.
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Synloki Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always been a big fan of the Pied Piper and I absolutely love this take on him right down to the freaky mutant rats to the pied pet rat standing on the drones XD And I must say, as a bagpipe player myself, I absolutely LOVE the fact that you made him playing the bagpipes as opposed to the normal flute :D
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:iconparkurtommo:
parkurtommo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing! :D
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:iconfk-anderson:
FK-Anderson Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Query...

Are you actually doing these illustrations on the parchment? or transferring them in a digital edit later?
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
All I added digitally was the color and the paper thingy. Everything in the drawing per se was made in pen.
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:iconfk-anderson:
FK-Anderson Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the response. It really is a beautiful piece.
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:iconz3r0-88:
Z3R0-88 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
wawww awesome :D
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:iconbluestwaves:
BluestWaves Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
amazing picture!!
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:iconbrixtonsky:
brixtonsky Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
*speechless*
*faves*
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:iconpandoralewis:
PandoraLewis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It's a stunning drawing.
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Ghostgirl-Shanika Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very fascinating concept of The Pied Piper, and I really find it cool! Especially with the different types of rats that are all around The Piper.

Keep up the great work! :)
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:iconcordially-yours:
cordially-yours Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Wow I love the face expression. Such a famous jerk.
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
They should have paid for the damn work! :P
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:iconfk-anderson:
FK-Anderson Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is quite a quirk.

Perhaps he was overlooked by the town Clerk?

Or maybe because his name was Dirk?

Was he a Turk?

I would certainly go berserk...
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
< _ <
Why did you end each sentence with a K?
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:iconfk-anderson:
FK-Anderson Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really? You need me to explain that?

Ok... Well, I thought it was obvious. My bad attempt at humor backfires.

Read <cordially-yours>'s Comment. Then read your reply.

Did you catch that the comment and your reply rhymed? My reply was more "Erk" sounds that continued your pattern.

I'm a children's author and satirist, it's sort of a habit.

Anywho...
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, yea, I´ve noted seconds after posting the reply, I should have continued, sorry :P
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:iconfk-anderson:
FK-Anderson Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
No worries. But someone should pay you lots of money to illustrate the Story of the Pied Piper. I would by many copies.

Laters.
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:iconrodrigo-vega:
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
That could end up looking really nice :)
It´s an interesting idea...
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:iconwindything:
windything Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
this is awesome and creepy, and king rats are scary
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:iconumihaibara:
UmiHaibara Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I find this awesome :) I like it very much
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:iconammooreiii:
AMMooreIII Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful and has my favorite......Art Nouveau.
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:iconredman1997:
redman1997 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o: so detailed, and so amazing.
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Animefeiry2 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
EPICO!! ESTA BIEN MEROL!!
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:icondawnsentinel:
DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
King-rats are strange critters.
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:iconurielflame:
urielflame Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
so.. mustaine as a piper, sort of.. :)
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:iconchizek:
Chizek Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I spotted the hair right away. =P
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