Panther Concept Art
We had to take special care in designing Panther’s looks because of the fact that real panthers (which are actually leopards) are predatory carnivores; and their appearance reflects their nature. They have very piercing eyes, sharp teeth, and specifically the black panther’s trademark dark fur are all characteristics that are not appropriate for the particular children we are targeting with our game because they may be perceived as menacing. Therefore, we gave Panther an appearance that more resembles a domesticated house cat. When her eyes are closed as she sleeps in the story, they arc upward so that it appears as though she’s smiling in her slumber. When she opens her eyes, they maintain their real-world almond shape; however, they depart from their by having reduced luster (reflectiveness) and a muted color palette.