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'God is Healing' by ikeda 'God is Healing' by ikeda the meaning of the name of the Archangel Raphael. He is an angel of healing - both physical and psychological.

This is a *belated* birthday present to a friend of mine ;) It came in 2 months late (XD...) because I've got so much schoolwork right now!

This isn't exactly in the RAG series, although the character will be present in the story.

I was trying out a new CGing method in this pic. It's not great, but I'm still learning, hehe. It's still the usual cel-style shading, but with the use of some Blur filters to make it look more like soft-style coloring. Tell me what you think of it.

Ah yes! The flowers look horrid ;P Those detestable things! Guess I should practice those, huh XP Yes, I should! someday...

Using light colors is strange; I guess it works for this though XD


Approximate time: ??? (I suppose I started the lineart around March 10th since I began CGing it on March 15th. Finished that today.. Well, I spent a bit more than a month on this - excluding time at school and exam study periods ;) )

Medium: mechanical pencil 0.5, Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5 Extra Fine pen, Photoshop 5.0

Layers: 47 (Yes, I counted, for once.)


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jnsucker12 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Pretty! :)
regretsprophecy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful work...
ikeda Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you for the fav! ^^
regretsprophecy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! : )
tursiops33 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Really well done!
PrincessPeasant Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
I love the light coloring, it fights Raphael very well. The way you drew it too is very beautiful, I love all the light details. He seems peaceful...
Kepp up the good work^-^
musiclover209 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
This is gorgeous. It would be sinful for me not to :+fav: it. :heart: :heart: :heart:
HuntaShades Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Student General Artist
wow... very pretty. The colors are wonderful!! I love!!! :heart:
death-eats-food Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006   General Artist
Hi, My name's Nathaniel and I'm a young graphic designer. I was wondering if I could use this image in a design I'm currently doing for a friend of mine who wants to advertise her healing massages. This is a small job and I'm doing it for free as a favour to my friend Katherine and she really liked this image.

Anyway... just asking. You would of course be sited as the image's original creator.

Let me know.

Yours Faithfully

ikeda Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006   Digital Artist
Hi. First of all, I would like to thank you for asking for my permission.

Unfortunately, I must decline your request. For one thing, this is an original character designed specifically for my story Revolt Against GOD; in addition, since the image would be used for commercial purposes, it does not exactly fit into personal use and might bring to your friend monetary gains. Because of these two points, I can't give you rights to the image free of cost.

Thank you (and your friend) for taking interest in my art though, I really appreciate it!
death-eats-food Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006   General Artist
I completely understand your point of view on this request and thankyou for your prompt reply I'm just sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Thanks anyway and good luck with all your future art and I wish you the utmost success in future.

KurosakiAya Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
gosh, that's amazing...
ZechsRyu Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
Ooo i like this pic, St. Raphael is the name of my church. I never knew thats what Raphael ment till now, i wounder why sunday school never teaches interesting stuff like that. Anyway, this is a very nice picture, its very soothing i guess, i love the wings.
ModZokko Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
wow, well what can you say? it's absolutley brilliant!! the feathers on the wings make it look real!!
vesparia Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
wow...for once, i'm speechless. beautiful work, simply stunning
Manuverse Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
Lovely. Its such a peaceful drawing. I like the use of colors too.
CuteLittleNeko Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
Wow that is very very pretty! :love: simply stunning! :faint: You did a excellent job! The body anatomy is in good poportion and the soft coloring matches the picture nicely! Great detail on the wings, they look perfect :heart: Very great job! :glomp:
Cosake-Solrac99 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Whoo, quite sereneful this picture is! Hmm, the flowers aren't as detail as some artists draw them, but you maintain to keep them in the same mood of serenity into the whole picture itself, and the colors work very nicely ^_^ *thumbs up and faves...again*
xcry Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
inuinuinu Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful coloring,good detail on the wings and character.As some else had said he is a little thin but that isnt a big deal if you like thin characters!
bobitchka-west Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous ... perfect work!!!
yumix Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
I like how you mixed the colors for the background because the colors go along with the character you drew (ex: the colors of his clothes, hair, ect) You did a great job on the wings, but you should add more dark shadows in his folds at the bottom of his clothes, so it stands out more. (like the one you did on the 'revolt' manga) :]
kujasbaby Featured By Owner May 23, 2005
stunning work here and the detail is amazing ^^
EmilieDionne Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Beautiful work really !! The colors are wonderfully chosen and I really like the flowing of his (i guess...) clothes !! This is so a awesome piece ! Great design for a character ! Wish i could have this effect with my artpiece...

dominique871 Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
47 layers!! O__O That's amazing!!!
very nice colours~ love the effect! you did an especially good job on the background! *^__^*
dotCat Featured By Owner May 5, 2005
lovely shading and the folds are done very... hmmm... (wats the word i am lookin for...) suiting =^ ^= This picture sorta flow very nicely with my mood and it seems really peaceful and calm =D I like your choice of colors (cus they blend very well with eachother and the flowers look good (so, i dunno why ur wonderin in your description of this piece ^^; )
Diva3000 Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
Ikeda!!!!!!!!!! That is INCREDABLE!!! Such pretty wings such pretty hair such pretty everything! I love the soft atmosphere you have and its just awesome! You really have such talent =)
modesty Featured By Owner May 3, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Raphael is my favorite Archangel. I just :heart: his name. I like the softer style. It's a good attempt. I can't see anything off the bat that I could comment on right now. :clap: good work!
Tigara-Chan Featured By Owner May 3, 2005   Digital Artist
SailingBreezes Featured By Owner May 2, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... The look of this piece feels so soft and gentle. You definitely got the "healing" look down-pat :aww:! Kudos to Ikeda! :+fav:
Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner May 1, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
I truly love your style.
sonicolas Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! ^_^
Knowing you, I find I quite surprising that you're doing a non dark picture!

I really love this picture. The amount of detail alone on ths picture is worth the fav that's coming =P
I mean.. The fold are quite accurate and all (mostly, the one overly done ones aren't enough to bring down their awesomeness) and the wings... OMG! I wanna draw them like this! XP (But I never have a chance to draw any ^^; ) They're perfect I say! I won't bother lokking into deatil to find any displeasing details, unlike some people XP

Anywaay, this is an overall suberb drawing! Knock me off the head by doing a "happy happy" (like you once said.. or was it me?) drawing XP
BeAuTfUl-NiGhTmArE Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful. I love the colors and the wings =)
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sweetyt Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
pretty! I love the wings and flowers and the folds. awesome coloring too
Naralune Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
Very pretty. Well done with this peice.
Yue-Xumeragi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
[part one] I'll do part two after my father's birthday party.

Thin. Before you glare, consider the fact that there's three layers of clothing on his waist, and it's still thiner than his head. But yes, I did understand you like thin caracters. I just needed to say it.

Folds. I like them, all around, exept the one just on the top of the waistband. I feel like the shirt should curve slightly all around his waist instead of just at the opposing ends, slightly at the back. I do love the caracter design, and you even made seams on some of the clothes! I also enjoy the the bandages/tread on his right hand fingers.

Wings. The tip of the feathers seems very sharp. But I'm currently checking through my encyclopedia for types of wings to see what's bothering me about them so. Same for the flowers, although I guess giving them more details, and some center, would already help a lot as they are in the front focus of the picture. Those red and white x-mas flowers may do nicely.

Lastly, position. Is he lying down on some clouds or standing somewhere in the sky? The shadows seems to indicated the first, but I thaugh to ask to be sure. In next post should come more praises though.
Yue-Xumeragi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
Yes. I like the 'happy happy' of it. The soft colors, and the softer cell shading. (Be carefull for the shading of the skin though: as it was already light, it almost doesn't show on my screen). I love the perspective for the flowers, and the flow of the clothes. I also like the composition but truthfully wonder if you should flip it verticaly (reflection as in a mirror) so it follows the pleasing Z shape the eyes do when checking out a picture and thus soften it even more. Nevertheless, I am still unsure whether he's lying, floating or upright. I stand by what I said about the sharpness of the feathers; most animals I've found having wings as such an arrangement on the wing have the tips of the middle feathers rather flat, or softly curved. I like his hair and the frame, and the lightsource.

(On a totally unrelated note that only you understands, I'd point out that his ears reach the top of his eyebrows but starts rather up on his nose. Are we both wrong?)
Dark-Purity Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
Beautifully colored
Rafael-Izoshy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
very good!
sammybaggins Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
Very beautiful!! the coloring is amazing!!:D
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