I started this a LONG time ago for an IRTC contest (May-June 2001). I can’t even remember how I created it now, other than I started it in Max, had a couple crashes, then worked on it in Blender until I ‘finished’ it for the contest.
The original contest image: http://www.irtc.org/ftp/pub/stills/2001-06-30/bbfinal.jpg
My comments: http://www.irtc.org/ftp/pub/stills/2001-06-30/bbfinal.txt
Some time later I started working on it again (in blender under linux - I had completed the switch from Windows/3dsmax ($1000 edu lic. down the drain - gah!)). I had a disk failure after the 3d was more or less complete resulting in losing all of the mesh data (& everything on my old PC). I had uploaded a few hi-res/quality jpegs of various composite layers to my website. If not for those, I would have completely lost the artwork.
Anyway, sorry I don’t have any of the ‘inbetween’ images. I’ve only got the final product. I had it professionally printed, mounted, and framed, and it was recently (April-May 2002) shown in a computer art show held at my college.
lots of photoshopin’
the final 3d renders were from blender (the contest image was from max)