I was asked to illustrate a helicopter based on some comic reference and a built Lego model so it appears it could actually exist in reality.
Following close instructions by the client about almost every detail I modelled/textured it in 3D first , and then painted over a lit render. The background is painted for the most part.
For absolute realism, I was asked to add a swastika on the rear stabilizers. It seems DA doesn't have anything against showing it...
It was an interesting experience!
Wings 3D, Modo, Photoshopedit:
I was also instructed precisely on lighting and camera angle setup by the client so there is not a lot of my personal artistic flavour in this piece. Some things I would have done differently in order to showcase the aircraft.
edit2: here are 2 links to the Lego model:[link][link]