This is one of the highlights from my Swordtember 2022 challenge hosted by Tim Kaminski. Each day, I worked to create a sculpted and textured sword inspired by a single word prompt. This prompt was "cephalopod", and with this sword I wanted to create a convincing texture for the blade, inspired by the real life material of ammolite.
Sword modeled in Maya, sculpted in Zbrush, and textured in Substance Painter. Lit/rendered in Marmoset Toolbag 4.