I had always liked this image [link]
by the brilliant Gary Tonge and always thought of using it as inspiration one day.
Anyway this started out as the Millenium falcon which I soon scrapped because it just looked a bit boring. You will be able to see in my WIP.
WIP - [link]
How you interpret this is totally up to you.
I used photos of my own kids as reference for these.
*Update. I have done a lot more work on the ship now as it was a bit flat, even though it is meant to be in the far, far distance. So added more shade and highlights, laid some textures on it ( cgtextures.com) and painted lights on it etc
Painted in Photoshop CS4
Thanks for looking