This Christmas holiday scene was created and used for a holiday card sent to cgWerks clients and friends (Wilkinson Consulting at the time). Sometimes when you’re working in 3D, you just do an experiment and run with it. In this case, I was testing out a plugin to extrude vector art, in this case, the dove. I was also creating a tutorial on creating a realistic looking light. Add a tree and some mood, and the scene comes to life.
I’ve included the stages for the Christmas tree light from CAD to rendering.