Here is a piece that showcases the Raptor Assault truck wrap I designed, logo/type by David Page, and also the whole creation process behind one of my montage pieces. Often times a client will want an image of something they don't have, so my job as a designer, photographer, and digital artist is to create that imagery, as realistic as possible, with the tools and resources that I have. Stock photography goes a long way when it comes to finding unique photos, such as specific dirt roads which I have demonstrated below, and also a few various cloud shots that I thought were dynamic and powerful.
You'll notice the various stages and steps to the process - first I go about getting everything compositionally sound, making sure everything fits as a balanced photo or image, and that perspectives and angles are close, then move on to more fine details like dust and rocks from the tires, lighting and shading on the truck and track, color and tone towards the end of the process, and then some sharpening and overall dodge/burn techniques to the overall image to enhance and highlight certain features.
The whole thing is time consuming, but it's important to make sure things flow naturally and that they fit in a believable scene. I ended up making this image HUGE, around 10,000 x 10,000 pixels so that we can crop in and use in any orientation we might need - billboard (long horizontal), square, or even many of the obscure tall dimensions of web banners we often create. I also created a depth of field, almost a tilt-shift-like effect, to help blend the scene and get rid of any pixelation that occurred during some of the enlarging or transforming to create the background and road.
Overall I love this image, it turned out really well, and I have several others like this that I did for Ford Raptor that I need to post up as well.