For one of my university assessments, I was to create a realistic environment in Maya.
I produced several concept ideas and decided on create a floating island. The island would have smaller islands attached, some large trees, a pond and a cave. Since it is a fantasy theme, I created a mythical snake as the keeper of this floating oasis.
From creating this animation I expanded my skills in applying Paint Effects, animating Paint Effects, rendering with Mental Ray, particles, rigging and key frame animation.