This was the first illustration I ever got published. It was commissioned by AOPA, now a longtime client of mine. I can't describe how exciting it was for me when I opened the magazine and saw it! Nowadays, I just open magazines and bitch about color reproduction.
I did the image in a 3D program I used to use, which partially explains the difference between this and my more current work. (Of course, I'm to blame for it looking cheesy too.) I'll post some other stuff from that era, but not too much, for obvious reasons. ;)