Safari animals are some of the most recognizable and popular animals around. We all love lions, hippos, giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, etc. When it was time to choose the animals we would feature, there really was no science behind it. Our main characters were chosen as result of the personalities we attributed to them and our personal experiences and/or views on some of these animals. Our main characters went through a series of makeovers, but they are finally finished! Here we have a picture of the before and after. What do you guys think?
Arturo, the monkey, is intelligent, friendly and honest. Oscar, the lion, has the heart of a warrior. Esteban, the elephant, is clumsy and scared, but loyal to a fault. Isabela, the giraffe, is friendly and lovable. Umi, the zebra, is the coolest girl around.
A lot of time and effort went into creating their personalities and modeling the characters after what we imagined in our heads and what we put down on paper. Our background characters, however, were a little different. We came up with a list and animals you would typically find in the African Savanna, and gave the list to our talented 3D modeler, Vincent. Check out some of his awesome work below:
The models he created are wonderful, and some of them were bursting with personality. As the story unfolds, some of these take on a life of their own. As we write these lessons, we find inspiration in the scenery and characters we create. The process is becoming more organic (and more complicated!) as we don't merely dictate the visual aspect of the game, but the visuals inspire and drive the story.
What do you think of these characters? Stay tuned as we will bring you guys more updates on the rigging and skinning of the characters and the voices that bring them to life! Thanks for keeping tabs on us!
Learn Safari Team