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Raphtalia! (Free .PSD!)

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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 swordswoman for 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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Myranbor's avatar
Woah, a really awesome piece of Art! Wow! 
Trickster-AJ's avatar
Just curious but will you be adding this to your store? I reslly love the manga and this is the only really great fanart i seen! Keep up the great work!~
LantXe's avatar
Dude, made an account just to let you know how much I loved this
Also this is one of the best fanart out there before the anime comes out
AmberArt212's avatar
How can you be so incredible ... ?
RaKou2002's avatar
How long did this one take you?! it is amazing!!
muddymelly's avatar
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
RaKou2002's avatar
Dat face is amazing! xD
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FastPaint's avatar
A visual treat, brilliant artwork.
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(((●´U`)爻(´U`●))))

Thank you so very much for saying such kind things about my Raphtalia piece!!
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Wahhh!! I totally missed responding to THE killluagirl123!! Thank you so much... from the bottom of my heart.
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You're welcome sweetpeach! Anytime!
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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
muddymelly's avatar
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] 
Skunkyfly's avatar
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
great job.!!
keep it up.!!!
muddymelly's avatar
Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] Bunny Emoji-87 (Thanks) [V5] 
I'll keep trying to get better!!
scruffynillin's avatar
RAPHTALIAAAAAAAAAA!!!! It'll have to suffice for not having any Tate no Yuusha this month.
muddymelly's avatar
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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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...
first time see something like this, its beautiful
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