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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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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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blackmoongirl Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply beautiful~
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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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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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Jovyss Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Photographer
love it!
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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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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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