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Edit on December 10th, 2016: rotated Do a Barrel roll  the canvas - and edited Raphtalia's ears/body! Free Photoshop file of before/after: www.patreon.com/posts/ive-upda…

[Close-Up] Raphtalia! by muddymelly  [Steps] Raphtalia! by muddymelly 
^ A close-up and steps for you darling folk! kaomoji set 2 18/67 (My FacebookTumblr, and Twitter are here; I'd be very honored to connect with you! 💖)

m(_ _)m .:Bullet:. Patreon  Huge Photoshop (final and progress) files of this piece (and "thank you" gifts) are here on my Patreon; my free Photoshop files are here! 

kaomoji set 1 18/19 (If you'd like to get a print of any of my pieces, I'll soon be opening up a print store with affordable prices!) 

After a super long time of me not posting (thank you so much for being super patient with me,) here is a piece of the very warm-hearted demi-human Raphtalia (from the fantastical web novel/light novel/manga series, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari [“The Rising of the Shield Hero!”] She has the cutest round tanuki ears (that resemble a cat's!) and bushy tail, which I hope to draw better next time!! The ring-thing in Raphtalia’s right hand is one of her metal slave cuffs. (As a young slave, Raphtalia had suffered horribly for years at the hands of her previous owner, but feels real pride in being a capable slave to her new master, the grumpy-but-kind-hearted Naofumi. Her many lovely outfit redesigns always include her slave cuffs that she wears proudly.) 
 
I find myself typing and re-typing spoilers as I try to spin up a character description of the graciously kind (and badass) Raphtalia and the series! I’m forever bubbling over with spoilers...
  
I think the best way to describe this uniquely interesting series would be [to use my shoddy memory to paraphrase] in the words of my beloved younger sis’, who recommended it to me:
 
  • Tate no Yuusha vividly chronicles the innovative solutions of an ordinary Japanese university student (a young man named Naofumi) thrust into a sprawling and socially complex fantasy MMO-esque world -- where he learns he’s been summoned to be the Hero of the Shield. 
  • The drawbacks of Naofumi's incredible new life situation include (1) royalty conspiring against him (inducing the whole kingdom to unfairly despise him,) and (2) he cannot equip/hold any weapon - except for his shield (firmly attached to his wrist.) He's almost immediately badly betrayed! 
  • Being forced to use only a shield (that cannot be thrown like a boomerang/Captain America's shield) leads to fascinating inventiveness in the face of formidable enemies and surviving a hostile fantasy land. 
  • Even with his innovations, Naofumi still needs someone to join his 1-man team who can fight... After Naofumi uses his few hard-earned funds to purchase the heavily-abused Raphtalia from a slave trader, the generally-cold-but-good-hearted Naofumi (grumpily) feeds, nurtures, trains, clothes, and medicates a grateful Raphtalia, who swears she’ll be his sword and to fight for him.
  • Naofumi continues to be grumpy/cold for some time. 
  • Understandably, it takes a lot for this guy to trust a fellow.
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AmberArt212 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can you be so incredible ... ?
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RaKou2002 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
How long did this one take you?! it is amazing!!
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
My goodness, I really should have kept better track of how long I spend on each drawing, d'oh....
༼ つ ˵ ╥ ͟ʖ ╥ ˵༽つ
I'm so sorry, Rakou! I'll try to remember!! Hmmmmmmnm
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RaKou2002 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
Dat face is amazing! xD
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
amazing
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!!
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FastPaint Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
A visual treat, brilliant artwork.
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
(((●´U`)爻(´U`●))))

Thank you so very much for saying such kind things about my Raphtalia piece!!
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killuagirl123 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful! 
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
Wahhh!! I totally missed responding to THE killluagirl123!! Thank you so much... from the bottom of my heart.
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killuagirl123 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome sweetpeach! Anytime!
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Skunkyfly Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
HOMGGG,, SO,,, BREATHAKING,,,,,,,
THIS IS TOTALLY,,,
BEAUTIFUL,,,
POWERFUL,,,,
MASTERFUL,,,
W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-LLLLLL,,,,, :iconholyshitohmygodplz: :iconholyshitohmygodplz: :iconholyshitohmygodplz: :iconholyshitohmygodplz: :iconflyingheartsplz::iconcolorfulsparklesplz::iconsparklesplz::iconsparklesplz::iconcolorfulsparklesplz:

aaahhh sorry, we can't describe it very well,,,, jhfgjhhgjk we just lost word to say how amazing this piece! FANTASTIC~~!!! <33333
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
wwaaaAAOOOO after I finished being blown away by your extremely warm comment, I flew back to hurry to your DA page and saw that I hadn't yet +Watched y'all!! I immediately had to after seeing Skunky and Fly's gorgeous illustrations...
B E A U T I F U L colors... Fully in love, I am!!! Bear Emoji-08 (Rolling Love) [V1] Llama Emoji-05 (Flower Sparkles) [V1]  *Stares until even more eyebags form on face* 

THANK YOU so very much for gifting *me* such sweet words!!!! Panda Emoji-07 (Snuggy) [V1] 
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Skunkyfly Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
waaa sorry for the late replyyyy,, :iconmioforgivemeniplz: :iconmioforgivemeniplz: ;;///////////////;;

HOMGGG ofc! you are very very welcome~~!! you deserve even more than we said, it's so hard for us to explain it, how beautiful your piece,, >/////< <333 :heart::heart: 

WHAAAAAAAAT,,, S,,SENPAI NOTICE US,,,, magi gif Kougyoku  Ren magi gif Kougyoku  Ren 
homg! thank you so much for your sweet warm words tho,, ;; ;; 
to think we can hear that from a super amazing person like you aaaaaa,,,>/////////////////////////<
we will try our best for the next one, thank you for your support~~~!!! :hug::hug: ;; ;; <333333
homg, we even didn't clean our messy gallery yet, //take a broom
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g4alex Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
great job.!!
keep it up.!!!
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Edited Dec 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] Bunny Emoji-87 (Thanks) [V5] 
I'll keep trying to get better!!
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scruffynillin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016
RAPHTALIAAAAAAAAAA!!!! It'll have to suffice for not having any Tate no Yuusha this month.
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Aaaaaa! Raph' fans uniiiiiiiiiiite!!! Boufbowl Cheerleader - Orange Boufbowl Cheerleaders - Yellow \^u^/

We sisters are also awaiting the manga to un-hiatus and rock forth in its glory... 

scruffynillin , did you come here from reddit!? [My karma-less reddit self] still has to go and thank everyone for their kind and clever comments in the reddit thread!!
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scruffynil Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
Wow, sorry for never replying. Uhh, I don't think I came from reddit, but I'm like...dying over here 5 months later. I NEED. MORE. YUUSHA!!! The wait is agony...
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littlemosquito Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016
first time see something like this, its beautiful
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Ah!! What an honor it is to hear your very kind words, littlemosquito ...! kaomoji set 2 31/67 by megaman5000  
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meo-kho Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016
pretty artwork ^^
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much, meo-kho !! kaomoji set 2 67/67 by megaman5000  
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Dart-Sama Featured By Owner Edited Dec 10, 2016
the work is gorgeous... but there little enough details to tell this is a pic about raphtalia, at least make her hair and fur more contrasting, i mean that their tone should be more bright and her ears are nearly lost in the pic.
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Dear Dart-Sama , your detailed critiques are definitely very accurate! I'm very grateful to you for pointing me in the right direction; this is deeply invaluable. kaomoji set 1 3/19 by megaman5000  I shall certainly look into how to make those improvements to this piece prior to printing so that my attempt at our beloved Raphtalia looks more like the actual character, who is drawn so beautifully by the official light novel and manga artists~! 
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Aerozopher Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
hey melly,

I did an overpaint for you. hope it is helpful! mainly value control and rimlights. It is with layers too.

www.dropbox.com/s/zby3l50mlnv1…

kind regards,
AE
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
Whoa, Aerozopher , this overpaint you made has really fantastic rim lighting! Thank you for taking your time to do this...! I'll take care to work on my values better! m(_ _)m The layers are a very helpful touch! Fox emoji - hearts 
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Aerozopher Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
:)
Well, I tweaked many little things aswell.
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NinDKSketch Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really beautiful piece. I love Raphtalia, she is a sweet character. 
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you so, so much, NinDKSketch ! /)//////(\ Oh, gosh, we sisters also love Raph'!! BlushYes, she's definitely so kind-hearted and extremely thoughtful! And she's such a wonderful friend and combat partner and very considerate romantic interest, in addition...!  Excited Blush
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NinDKSketch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel the same way. She is definitely waifu material plus more. 
Horo Wink Anime Emoji (Blush Oh yay dance) [V6] 
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
Awwwww yiss. Boufbowl Cheerleader - Orange Onionhead cheerleader - Onion head 
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Godzilla4545 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is absolutely amazing! I love it so much! :D :D :D
The colours are so pretty and clear! The character is lovely, her eyes are so nice. Hair is fabulous, love the detail on it, and the EARS! Cute ears! :D
The character herself, the way you've done it makes me want to look into this series so much! She looks amazing and I want to see more story about her!
The clothing is so detailed I love it, the design on her boots and her gloves, as well as the great detail of her cuff in her hand! :D Sword is so cool as well!
The whole scene is so magical and beautiful! I want to look into this so much! :D
I also love the flowers in her hair, they're so cute, so pretty! :D
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Onodera Blushing Icon Wiz!! It's youuu! I'm so relieved that you like those parts in this piece...! Raphtalia does indeed have cute, rounded, and responsive ears... like that of a domesticated house cat!! The talented mangaka always does her ears such justice! 

Oh, man, Wiz - I think a writer of your caliber would enjoy the innovative adventures and endearing characters (who are sweet-hearted despite the main character's somewhat current pervasive grumpiness/coldness) in The Rising of the Shield Hero (I'll link you to it! www.kissmanga.com/Manga/Tate-no-Yuusha-no-Nariagari) 

I feel so glad and relieved to hear all of your incredibly gracious compliments... /____\/// and really hope that I can do you proud yet again in the near future, my dear Sir Wiz!
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Godzilla4545 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! Thank you for the link! :D
I'm going to read this through the rest of the day! Really looking forward to start!
Thank you, and you're very welcome! :D :P I look forward to seeing your future art! :D
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
*~*7 Aww, yiss! I hope to always bring things you like your way... and I hope that you enjoyed the fantastical series, dear Wiz! Did you get time to start reading the manga? Thank you so very much for always warmly cheering on my endeavors!! Blushing Ice Bear 
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Godzilla4545 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have started reading it, I love it! Unfortunately I think the Kiss websites got taken down a few days ago, I haven't tried the Manga site yet, but hopefully I can still read it! I'm absolutely loving it so far. I like the pictures, and the story is great! Thank you so much for recommending this to me! :D And for the link to it as well!
You're welcome, I love seeing your work!
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zaco21 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
Pretty good!
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, zaco21 !! Llama Emoji-05 (Flower Sparkles) [V1] 
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WorkHard-LiveGood Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
Wow...just, wow! The colors, the perspective, the details...it's all amazing. You truly have a gift, and you've got great taste (Naofumi and Raphtalia are two of my favorite characters).

Thank you for sharing, and I hope you keep up the great work.
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Edited Dec 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
WorkHard-LiveGood - I'm so glad I was able to do one of your fave characters justice!! Sweet Raphtalia is such a Best Girl™! Your man Naofumi's ingenuity with his Legendary Shield was one of the innovations in The Rising of the Shield Hero that really drew us sisters in! Neko Emoji-29 (Nyaa) [V2] Sparkle Emoji 

Thank *you* for your gracious words... I'll try hard to perform better next time, Sir WorkHard!
Llama Emoji-05 (Flower Sparkles) [V1] 
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rainue Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Your art... literally takes my breath away. LITERALLY... GIVES ME ASTHMA. Okay not literally, but it might! It could! 
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Uwaahh c'mere or rather -- lemme quickly come to you!!! *Thrusts forth albuterol inhalers* 
Stay with us~!! Shokugeki no Soma - Megumi (Scared) V1 

What a kindly passionate compliment, my goodness!
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Mikeymonkey1989 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Gosh, this is so beautiful and magical! La la la la The lighting, colors, detail, everything is so perfect! :heart:
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
!! Thank you so much, Mikeymonkey1989Neko whaaaNeko cheer Neko crai  
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insanity-pillz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Professional General Artist
I would love to know how you make it glow like that in the pic~<3
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
Ah, yes! ^^ I used some strong Outer Glow - like the examples do in this nice tutorial! design.tutsplus.com/articles/h…;
GIF Gravity Falls - Celestabellebethabelle 
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insanity-pillz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
Well, I'm still learning how to draw and paint digitally so it's neat to look at the process~<3
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muddymelly Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
You're doing so much admirable research! I'm cheering you on, pillz!! Cheerleader Ruel 
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insanity-pillz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
I still feel like I have a lot to learn but very little to go on when it comes to my current skills.
Thank you for cheering me on!:happybounce: 
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