2013 Holiday Greetings Image Design
Original rough sketch (below)
Tidied up and refined in Adobe Illustrator (below)
Subtle elaborate pattern designs considered but then discarded.
Separate layers rendered out of Modo (3D application) to give compositing control in Photoshop for assembling final image.
Layers blended carefully with masks to control surface materials.
Final stains added from photo reference and colors adjusted to provide red/gold color scheme.