Just loved Pandora from Avatar, and luckily I found a tutorial on how to create it...
Made using a tutorial in 3D world mag issue #125.
3-4 hours of learning, 6.30 hrs of rendering (on a macbook)
Tools: Vue 8, Corel PSP
Poly count: 26KKK spread at a distance of 4.5km within 3D environs.
The original artist of this tutorial is here: [link]