Brazilian Three-Banded Armadillo
Keyvisual

Keyvisual

Front

Front

Back

Back

Greyshade

Greyshade

Wireframe

Wireframe

zbrush close up

zbrush close up

zbrush front

zbrush front

zbrush legs

zbrush legs

zbrush side

zbrush side

zbrush top

zbrush top

Brazilian Three-Banded Armadillo

This is the brazilian three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus). This species and the southern three-banded armadillo are the only species of armadillos capable of rolling into a complete ball to defend themselves.
Armadillos are special animals and the only mammal that wear this kind of protective shell consisting of boney scales and keratin.

I choose this animal as a personal project because I was interested in how I can sculpt and texture their distinctive shell.
In the end I sculpted eveything by hand withouth the use of alphas or VDMs (except for very high frequency skin detail) to achieve a very organic look with unique scales. For the slight layering effect of the scales I processed the displacmentmap in substance designer and reapplied it on top in zbrush. C&C are welcome :)