Eliana: Learn Safari’s Most Cheerful Leader!

Arturo in the Savanna

As you probably already know, this is Arturo. He is the main character in Spanish Safari. He is the user’s guide, a great leader, and a hero.

This blog post, however, is not about him. This post is about Arturo’s biggest fan; his little sister, Eliana. At first glance, Eliana seems like the typical nosy, and slightly annoying, little sister. She wants to be everywhere Arturo is and even tries to take over his projects at times, but the reality is that she loves her big brother and wants to be just like him!

Arturo is her hero, and she learns a lot from him. Along the way, however, Arturo learns a lot from Eliana as well. Eliana is very positive and she’s a super enthusiastic ball of energy. She is a curious little girl whose appetite for learning knows no bounds and who is not easily deterred.

eli monoLike our other characters, Eliana underwent a few changes, although not as many as some of the others. Eliana started off looking like a little baby. Once our 3D modeler, Vincent, got a hold of her, however, he gave her proportions that would better indicate her age (she’s around 6 in the app). She also got a different wardrobe, but her zest for life has always clearly shone through.

Eliana’s character is near and dear to my heart. She is named and based off of my own little monkey, Eliana Lee. It has been very special watching her come to life! I hope that you guys enjoy Eliana as much as we do. She will bring an extra dose of excitement to the savanna and help encourage your children on their journey to learning Spanish!

Besos,

Keli
Lead Spanish Teacher
[email protected]

Eliana                  Eliana 2

 

 

Umi: The Coolest Girl in the Savanna

Everyone has that one friend; you know, the one with the coolest hair, most fun personality, and care-free attitude. Hey, maybe that person is you! If it is, then you will definitely find a kindred spirit in Umi.

Umi is a Zebra and the lack of water in the savanna is affecting her entire herd. She teams up with Arturo and the rest of the gang to solve the problem. Just like Esteban el Elefante, Umi represents a letter in the alphabet. When I say that it was hard to find a name that started with U, I’m not joking. I resorted to looking through name lists on the internet. I found the name Umi, which is a unisex game and has various meanings, including life and energy.

That is exactly what Umi brings to the table! She is vivacious, energetic, and a lot of fun. As with  our other characters, Umi has undergone a few transformations.

The first version of Umi from Learn Safari

The first version of Umi from Learn Safari

Usaid, one of our 3D modelers and consultants, designed this first version of Umi. I absolutely love her! She is just so cute. However, she looks very much like a baby. Umi needed to look more grown up. She also needed to be a little more realistic, so she could match the style of our other characters. When Vincent, our Head 3D modeler optimized Umi, he made some changes to make her look more like a real zebra.

Um from Learn Safari compared to a zebra.

Umi from Learn Safari compared to a zebra.

Comparison of the two versions of Umi from Learn Safari

Comparison of the two versions of Umi from Learn Safari

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the model was complete, it was Angie, one of our graphic designers, who had to make all of the textures for the model. If you remember from a previous blog, a texture gives a model its color and detailed feature. Angie had a bit of a tough time making the Zebra pattern fit precisely. That wasn’t the only difficulty with Umi. Thomas, our animator, then had to make sure Umi could walk and run (among other things). Being that she has 4 legs, she was a new kind of challenge for him. The hardwork, however, paid off in the end!

Final Version of Umi from Learn Safari - Side View

Final Version of Umi from Learn Safari – Side View

Final Version of Umi from Learn Safari - Front View

Final Version of Umi from Learn Safari – Front View

What do you think of our girl? Let us know in the comments below!

Besos,

Keli
Lead Spanish Teacher
Learn Safari
[email protected]