With the great tools we have available today (Maya, ZBrush, 3ds max etx.) talented and creative 3D animators can create more stunning and realistic 3D images than you may know. We have know for some time that the large film studios like fx pixar can turn the most far out and funny creatures into “living creatures” on the screen but they are not alone any more. The era where amateurs spent days on creating a sphere or rectangle with some very simple lightning on is over (I did try this years ago). Still I think creating the images I have found on cgsociety.org for this post is not easy to do at all! I also found that pixologic.com/zbrush/gallery is an awesome place to find inspiration. Deviant art 3-Dimensional Art category is also worth investigating. I’m going to do a post with some of the material from there soon.
Want try out some modelling yourself with a great free tool? See how here: How to model a Steampunk Spacecraft with Blender 3D