The Hand (360 Degree Render)

So this was a very interesting project for me. It was a scene I had begun work on a while ago and forgot about. Recently however I read this article:
I tried it out with some basic scenes and realized that using the ‘polar coordinates’ filter in Gimp I could create those tiny planet pictures that people make with 360 degree panoramas.

Here is a better quality image:

And here is the original render: