"One of the projects that I was assigned in my Maya 3D class was to create a restaurant with a pirate theme. Being familiar with themed environments from my own projects, this was a right up my alley. The hardest part of the project was just trying to compose all the elements perfectly so you could tell what everything is--all in one shot. While shape, form, and composition was the key priority, the lighting really topped it all off, after fudging with the settings and doing render after render to really nail it. Despite the half-hour render time, and the occasional computer crash, it was worth fussing around with.