When first coming up with the idea of Saber’s character I imagined him as a tiger but changed this later on as I found the detail on his fur to time consuming to draw. So I changed him to a panther later on in the devoplment, I feel this was the right decision to make as a panther seems stronger and more mysterious.
This is the early Saber design sheet.
Early concept art of Saber, I have yet to do a final character sheet.
I started then to look into panthers, their movement and bone structure. I also did some test animations of walk cycles as their movement is tricky. This has proven quite hard as I haven’t had experience in animating animals and have yet to perfect it.