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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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:iconadamantiel:
Adamantiel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  New Deviant
I looove this picture. Great drawing! Love the variety of rats, love the claws in the fur, love the bagpipes, ugh! And the feel is Medieval, which I love. It fits the period. And I like that you referenced Megadeth (whom, before this post, I've never listened to, and because of my slow computer, can still not listen to. But I tried! I really did). I like those lyrics. Wanna read my poem? Hahaha. I thought it went well with your picture. Let me know what you think.

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I think this is one of the most underrated, untalked about stories in history. "This town deserves a better class of criminal... And I'm gonna give it to them." (The Joker from Dark Knight) This world deserves a better class of villain... And I'm gonna give it to them.
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:iconlanval-de-lai:
Yo soy asturiano y toco la gaita jajaja, me hizo gracia leer eso. Al principio supuse que eras asturiano hasta que vi en tu perfil que eras argentino XD
Por cierto, me encanta tu trabajo, me parece muy orginal y está genial. Aun no lo acabe de ver todo, pero lo que vi me encanto :) Buen trabajo!
Puxa!
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MorrigainCrow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  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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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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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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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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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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parkurtommo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional 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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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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windything Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
this is awesome and creepy, and king rats are scary
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UmiHaibara Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I find this awesome :) I like it very much
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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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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
King-rats are strange critters.
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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  Hobbyist General Artist
I spotted the hair right away. =P
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