Avatar’s Na’avi people inspired by snow leopard eyes

John Rosengrant, from Legacy Effects, the team that did the special effects for Avatar said in an interview that the look of Pandora’s Na’avi people, with their huge eyes, was based on the eyes of the snow leopard. The team was inspired by snow leopard eyes and then experimented with the color, finally choosing a warm gold and less green than a real snow leopard’s eyes.

Snow leopard cubs by the way, have beautiful deep blue eyes until about 3-4 months of age.

“You always draw from nature,” says Rosengrant, “because you’re trying to make the unbelievable believable.”
More on Avatar’s special effects for the movie here.

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