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Assorted Flavors Of Servant Saber Gallery

Dec 18, 2011 @ 13:51 CST


This creative collective shares artwork of highly favored bishoujo of a servant, Saber – a mix of mainly Fate/Zero specific styles, alongside the other tasteful flavors including seifuku, modest dress, and battle garbs.

Saber is like candy as she comes in an assortment of distinctive essence, yet all of each are just as sweet in their own way. We focus above on the fashionably outfitted Fate/Zero Kiritsugu special variety of Saber – her master had her wear this suit for whatever reason of stratagem he has in mind. It gives a modern charm to the King of Knights – yet also of course doing so much more as it’s an outfit rather unexpected for her character, and rarely seen in anime to such an extent, worn by a character who already had a reputation renowned and loved.

Such a modest outfit also allows one to focus on her character in a manner more insightful – looking beyond her distracting female finer points, allowing one to appreciate her more on a sympathetic level. However we mainly care about aesthetics here.

Her suit is black – that is a common fact and something which if asked, any fan of Fate/Zero could easily answer so. Yet what is black but the absence of light? It in fact absorbs all such frequencies of light – which in turn emits no chromatic color. As phosphorescence shines upon Saber’s hueless neutral colored suit of black, it is merely absorbed at different degrees – visibly outputting the highly varied tints of grey, and ever so soft white which we can see on her suit above.

The artist clearly considered how fluorescence would act upon her attire and decided to realistically capture the value – rather than simply make her suit a solid “black”. Notice how the upper area of her suit around the collar and shoulder are nearly white as they’re more exposed to the light source. Whereas her left shoulder, from our view, is bathed in black as it goes behind the source of illumination.

Notice also how the entire background transitions from a brilliance, to a complete lack of light. One can see that the artist did this to represent Saber looking into a “brighter future” of sorts as she looks up into salvation with no darkness ahead, only a clear path.

For an anime artwork, the lines are very unorthodox in that one can see the individual streaks of the markers or brush – contributing well to the notion of dark and light as they overlap and diverge. An aspect most easily spotted on the more luminous portions of Saber’s suit – there is a very discreet fiber pattern consisting of very fine lines and cloudy gradients of color – further refining the intricacy of the vestments she sports.

Only a seldom selection of color escapes from the artwork – the most prominent being the complementary clash of her blonde hair, acting in conjunction with the enigmatic smooth violet of her shirt. Aside from this, there remains only a diminutive drop of green in her eyes – an aspect which would have ruined the visual balance of the work if the artist did not add the slight green seen in the band around her hair.

A piece which captures the soul of the character character – showcasing the conflict within herself.

Available for enjoyment below is, as usual, the other original styles of our lovely servant:

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