Happy Wednesday, Zookeepers. We have a special treat for you today: a step-by-step look at how animals are created for Zoo World.
Before a zoo animal can be bought, placed, bred and trained, first it needs art! Zoo World’s talented art team kindly sent us a how-to from when they created the White Mountain Goat (from December’s Holidays promotion.) It’s everything you wanted to know about shading a goat’s beard, but were afraid to ask.
Read on to see how an animal goes from sketchpad to Zoo pad!
First, the Artist sketches the animal. The idea can come from many places, including holiday imagery, new themes, or creative strokes of insight. This sketch is then imported into Adobe Flash. From there, it begins to take shape.
For each part of the animal, the artist starts with a simple rectangle. The artist then transforms that rectangle to fit the shape of the head, blocking in details (like the beard) as necessary. The white dot visible in the third picture is a pivot point, which comes into play once the animal is animated.
With the head blocked in, it’s time to add several layers of shading.
Once shaded, the artist begins adding details like the eyes, nose and horns. Each of these can require individual shading, done the same way as the head – note the trapezoid that will become the goat’s wet nose.
It’s a face! Awwww.
The artist then repeats the process for each part of the body, including the neck, torso and legs. In the Mountain Goat’s case, this also includes the collar and sleigh bell. And, of course, the all-important tail.
All set! With the animal repositioned over the original sketch, now it’s time to add the shadow.
Finished! The new animal is ready to be added to Zoo World. First, though, completed animals still need cages (the habitat they live in) and Random Facts, as well as details like breedability, rarity and animal type.
That’s all there is to it! If you’d like to participate in the animal creation process, be sure to check out our forums every Friday, when we post new concept art in our Question of the Day. The concept art that gets the most votes becomes a new Zoo World animal!