After placing in the CGSociety Uplift Challenge with my 'Adorable Alien' entry, I was made a judge and ineligible to win any prizes in the following contest. However, the theme was Steampunk and I'd been dying to work on a steampunk painting. So I worked on this piece for the challenge anyhow: I love getting feedback from folks and "hanging out with" friends during the Challenges, and who wouldn't want a steampunk piece in their portfolio? (And this piece turned out to be the first of many, MANY steampunk paintings, the one that really got me hooked on the genre.)
As with the previous painting, I built some base geometry for the mechanical bits in 3DS Max, but did all of the paint and color-work in Photoshop.