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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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:iconwyverra:
Wyverra Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital 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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:iconmoonsongwolf:
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 Digital 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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:iconmoonsongwolf:
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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:iconmoonsongwolf:
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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BazarDeLaNature Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice art :)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Thank you. :)
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dhaga Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love the facial expressions, the nuzzling. Very ratty facial qualities, for sure. "Mine."
:)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Thank you. :)
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Duhiril Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I was actually thinking that the title refers to human-rat relationship, which is very interesting point of view, don't you think? ;)
Don't get me wrong, I used to have two rat boys, they were lovely and I loved them to death.And I know, that if you treat your rats good, they would never consider their cage as a prison, it's rather a home for them :)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Ooh, someone mentioned that a bit earlier, and I almost wish that I had that in mind while I was working on this! I love that interpretation. :D Ha ha, my two lady rats certainly enjoy being my "prisoner." They just love getting attention and treats.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Now I wonder why you chose that title.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
I imagine that's the relationship that these two rats have. :o
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I always wonder if that's a good or a bad thing :o
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
A little bit of both, I think. I mean, it would probably be better than being physically or emotionally tortured, but it probably still takes a very heavy mental toll.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Yes, it's a complex issue.
I've heard a few things about it... while it's amazing it's also a huge offering of the victim. They may never recover again and have to live their whole life with that... I can't imagine though how it would be to suffer from something like that and I really don't want to imagine it.
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WhiteWolfMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
it's so cute :heart:
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Kiba-Aido Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dawwww, so cute
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Thanks. :)
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jmarchitto Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
beautiful work!!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Thank you. :)
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Thylacyanide Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't even begin to express how happy I am that you do rat art, un. So few portray them so well nowadays. Also, I actually would highly reccomend a hairless rat. I u to have one as my companion, (her name was Shaggy) and she was remarkably soft, feeling like warm, purple-grey suede, i kid you not.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thank you! I agree, there is far too little rat art out there... or, really, rodents in general. Horses, cats, and dogs are too busy taking up the lion's share of the art world. Aw, Shaggy is such a cute name for a hairless rat! I have had two (a female double rex named Godiva and a male true hairless named Gollum), but it has been many, many years since then. Ha ha, I always thought that they felt like velvetty hot water bottles. So soft and warm. :D
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Thylacyanide Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Youre so welcome! And yes, most definately :) It's a real shame, too. Nd thank you ^^ she was my baby <3 They sound absolutely amazing, love the names, too! (lol at gollum. how remarkably appropriate) yea, though, same here. And I never thought of comparing them to that, lol, but you've got a point :) Thats honestly part of what made them so absolutely lovable, i think. Their willingness to cuddle, and sit there all soft, warm, and vibrating, heart thumping in your ear. It was therapeutic almost :)
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RoguePyrat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
such a beautiful pose :D
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thanks. :)
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RoguePyrat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
you're welcome :D
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Turbolighting Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Wery sweet...:!:)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thank you. :)
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Mirri Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwww, that's so adorable! <3
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thank you! :)
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Peruserofpieces Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure why exactly, but this picture is really so very...beautiful. All I know is that it speaks to me on a deep and personal level, even though I'm not entirely sure why. Do you suppose that's what real art is supposed to do? Either way, you have succeeded. Thanks. :-)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thank you! I'm really glad that you enjoyed this one. Ha ha, I'm probably not the person to ask about "real art," though. I just like drawing animals! :D
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tursiops33 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
They looks so cute together!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thanks. :)
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tursiops33 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Welcone
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erinightwind Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Surprisingly creepy. Well done. :nod:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thank you! :)
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erinightwind Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey, anyone who can make rats look creepy to *me* (I love rats) deserves the compliment. :)
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The-Devine-Rat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist
I gots a hairless...well a double rex. Took me forever to find. x_x
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Aw, double rexes are my favourite hairless rats! I love their whiskers and peachfuzz. And yours is particularly cute, with those dumbo ears. They look even bigger and funnier on a hairless rat. :lol:
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The-Devine-Rat Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist
Hehehe indeed.
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Jess-lessAmigo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You've given them such human emotion, i find it so difficult to do that even drawing humans.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thank you! I definitely find it challenging to portray emotions. I think I'm slowly getting better at it, but I still have a ways to go. :)
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Jess-lessAmigo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well we can all find room for improvement, but you're pretty close to spot on. :)
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