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Brazilian Bestiary - Werewolf

The werewolf was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Before that, there is no evidence of such a creature, according to the study I did reading several books, specially by late brazilian anthropologist Luís da Câmara Cascudo.

People often thought, back then, that those suffering from cases of anemia and other diseases and malnutrition had a chance to be werewolves.
As such, I’ve tried to explore some versions of a diseased beast, less wolf more gaunt.

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The final version where I tried to depict an original pose, showing the werewolf having some sort of mental damage, based on some videos I saw of people with rabies

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Some early explorations from a couple of years ago, where I was also trying to integrate a big ear and weird joints, all based on the description that the creature was so fast you could hear its ears flapping and that it runned on its joints!

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ZBrush base sculpt

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Testing how the fur was going to be

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I added some color and further refined the hair. I wanted to show a diseased beast, so I chose to not make a hairy werewolf, perhaps suggesting some type of mange

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Detailed sculpt

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I took some renders in ZBrush and then went to Photoshop to make different versions in order to choose from

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Choosing version number six, I did a full body concept of it standing in a road in the countryside at night. I researched for several references, including anorexic people and the Wendigo from Until Dawn