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The Clan Leader's Beloved by MoonsongWolf The Clan Leader's Beloved by MoonsongWolf
Ratha and Thakur from Clare Bell's fantastic Named book series. These were some of my favourite books as a child, and I was so happy to finally get a copy of her latest book, Ratha's Courage.

This started out as just a sketch on my lunch break at work. I liked it enough to flesh it out over the course of a few days and then colour it at home.

Medium: Graphite pencil, red wine, coloured ink, ballpoint pen. Fur colouration was added in Photoshop CS4.

Thakur, Ratha, and the Named series are Clare Bell (~rathacat)
Artwork is *MoonsongWolf
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BittyKitty1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Uaaaah

This is so cute I AM GETTING DIABETES

Ratha and Thakur forever
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Aw, thanks! I'm glad that you liked it. :D

I, too, love Ratha and Thakur. They are so cute and sweet together, and it was wonderful to see them (er.. read about them?) so happy together. 
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BittyKitty1 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Yeah. I love it that Ratha wasn't only the first to hold Fire, but also one of the first to feel Love.

oh Clare Bell, why you so cool
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experiment48 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
I'm a big fan of Ratha's creature and I love this!!! :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Thank you! I love the Ratha series as well. The characters are wonderful, and the artists' writing style is brilliant. :)
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Demon-Chaser Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love these books, and this drawing is amazing.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Thanks! I love these books as well. They were some of my favourites growing up (and still are). :)
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Blue-Bear22 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Blue-Bear22 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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WarriorCats09 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is eerily similar to the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter....
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
There are a few similarities, but you'll find that is true of almost all "talking animal" stories. Most of them share a few common tropes. Of course, the Ratha series predates Warriors by 20 years. The original Ratha's Creature novel was first printed in 1983. ;)
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WarriorCats09 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O^O I must read this series. I love these types of stories and I really loved warrior cats...
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I highly recommend them if you like the Warriors series! :)
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vvinterpaws Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what are the books called? the Named series?
what is it about? it sounds very interesting
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Yes, they are called the Named series, and there are currently five books (and one short story published in a fantasy anthology). You can see all of the names of the books here: [link] Along with short descriptions if you click on them. The basic premise is that it follows a clan of intelligent prehistoric cats, and their struggle to survive and thrive as a society. :)
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vvinterpaws Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much! I will check them out!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
No problem! I hope that you will like them. They are really fantastic books. :)
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vvinterpaws Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx :D
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Eraili Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still love your style *-*
Especially with big cats :heart:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Aw, thanks! I'm glad that you've enjoyed my work. :)
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Eraili Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome <3
And I really do ^^
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warriorsfan237 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
When I first saw this painting I thought it was Firestar and Sandstorm from the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Then I read your description and saw that it wasn't, so I looked up the book and started to read them. I love them! If it wasn't for this picture I wouldn't have found out about the series at all. =D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
I'm really glad that you enjoyed the books! They were some of my favourites as a kid, and I still enjoy them today. :) The author even has a DA account: ~rathacat. And she's working on a graphic novel version of her books, too, which I am really excited about!
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warriorsfan237 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
yeah, it sounds really good! =D
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TigerOtter7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its a cool series, but ive only read the one about newt
also, AMAZING!!!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I really enjoyed them! If you ever get the chance, definitely give the other books a try. They range from more traditional fantasy fare (the first book, Ratha's Creature) to politically savvy (Clan Ground) to downright cerebral (Ratha's Challenge). :)
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TigerOtter7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, next time I see them in the library, I certainly will!
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cresentsky Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
reminds me of Firestar and Sandstorm from "WARRIORS".
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imke14 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aw that's so beautiful :heart:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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D-T-Evanescence Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've read these books dozens of times, but I always end up crying at the end of Ratha's Creature (don't want to give spoilers XD) I absolutely adore this
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thanks, I'm glad that you liked it! Ha ha, I'll be honest, there was a certain scene in the newest book (Ratha's Courage) that very literally brought tears to my eyes... and I almost never cry at books! Mrs. Bell really has a beautiful and engrossing writing style. These are some of the few stories that I enjoyed as a child but even more so as an adult. :)
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D-T-Evanescence Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll need to hunt down my file of Ratha's Courage now. At the time it came out, I could only get the e-book version, so it's my least read (but certainly not least loved) of the series. Night-who-eats-stars is one of my favorite characters, aside from Thakur and Bonechewer of course!
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dbkit Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is so beautiful!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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deathmango Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Oooh, what a lovely and graceful portrait!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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skyspirit101 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't care about the characters and stuff, I just LOVE your artwork!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Thank you! If you like reading books about animals, though, I do highly recommend Clare Bell's novels. They are really quite wonderful. :)
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Wishesonthemoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful! It's a great picture.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Thank you, I'm glad that you liked it! :)
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Soulsilk Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Nicely done!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Thanks, I'm glad that you liked it! :)
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TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
How gorgeous!!! It's simple yet realistic, a very effective method :3 :heart:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
You're welcome :3
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CarrionTea Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
great picture, I really loved those books.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Thanks! I really love them, too. They are some of the very, very few books that I have enjoyed as much as an adult as I did when I was a kid. :)
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shotachii Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They look almost like Firestar and Sandstorm from the book series by Erin Hunter "WARRIORS" in lion version c:

But I love this picture anyways, it's beautiful. I'd like to read that series sooner or later, it sounds nice :D
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