As always, this was intended as a desktop background, and it should get a full-view
. I did this back in April of this year (2004) using my digital camera, Z Brush, & The GIMP.
In case you're curious about the digital camera part, the reflection textures on the object are two pictures I took, unmodified. One of a red rose, the other of a sunset. I really like how the lighting worked with the red from the rose.