For my character modeling project in my 3D modeling class in fall 2012, I made the Nekobus from Studio Ghibli's film My Neighbor Totoro. I decided to go with a 3D look rather than using a toon shader.
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For my environment project in my 3D modeling class in fall 2012, I chose to create a studio type room with a large window. I rendered a late afternoon lighting, combining both indoor and outdoor lighting in one scene. There is a light ambient occlusion pass overlain on the images.