I made this one quite some time ago, just for fun, and it just felt great for this contest. =)
So, what I did:
1. Create the 3d 'wlado' model in 3ds max and textured it [altered the textures in PS before that]
2. Imported into photoshop, added the background sky
3. Did some burning, dodgeing, contrast, and other tweaking.
4. Add the clouds around (brushes)
5. Flattened the image and added warming photo filter.
And that's it, hope you like it =) (5 years and 2180 days ago)