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Stockholm Syndrome by MoonsongWolf Stockholm Syndrome by MoonsongWolf
Original reference is here: [link]

The final drawing was done from a sketch of the photo versus the photo itself, as well as some (slightly depressing) photos of dissected rats. Rats have... interesting thoraic muscles, and I'm not sure that I'm quite portraying them properly. I feel like I need to get a hairless rat just to study.

Medium: Graphite, red wine, and coloured ink

Artwork is © *MoonsongWolf
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Wyverra Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh I thought about doing a similar piece after seeing this stock picture...
But it wouldn't be half as good anyway. Great job ;)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Aw, you should totally give it a try! It's such a cute stock photo, and I would love to see what you could do with it. :D
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:iconwyverra:
Wyverra Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm afraid it could end up very similar to yours since it's the first thing that comes to mind after seeing the photo. 
But maybe I will give it a try anyway since I have a different style ;)
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's clear that you have good models =]
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
I used one of ~xNickixstockx's photos as a reference for this, because the poses were just too darn charming. I also have my own rats, though... although they aren't really the best models, because they won't sit still and pose for anything! :lol:
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DieHerzogin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor rat ^^ but for drawing that'd probably be a good idea. anyways I think they have still lot's of skin that seems "too much" and you still won't see their muscles properly. But I'm not sure about that.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
That's a good point, they do have a lot of saggy flaps of skin! It's really difficult to get a good bead on their muscle structure underneath all of the skin (and fur, on furry rats).
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DieHerzogin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think their are models of rat muscles like how they would look without skin. "Körperwelten" e.g. is in Germany very well known to have exhibitions of animals/humans where you can see the body without the skin (meaning all organs and muscles).
Probably there are some artists who draw / design that, too. Maybe you could use something like that as reference to learn ?
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Yeah, I have seen that Körperwelten exhibit (we call it "Body Worlds")! Some of the collection was brought here to Toronto two years ago, so I went to view it. It was just incredible. What an art form the human body is. Sadly, they did not have many animals at the exhibit that I went to, though. I would love to see something similar with rats. I have seen many photos and drawings of dissected rats, but it's just not the same as a posed model because all of the muscles are unnaturally relaxed.

But that is a good suggestion, maybe someone does have skinless models somewhere in natural poses! Thank you for mentioning it; I will remember to look more thoroughly to see if I can find something similar. :)
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DieHerzogin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome =) When they were near my town they also had only a horse that I remember. Maybe there were other animals. I'm glad that I could help you =)
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