Here is the “I walked through six feet of snow three miles to get to school” equivalent of 3D modeling. There is no way anyone would believe me if I told the story or working with Videoscape and Modeler from Allen Hastings (published by Aegis, later became Lightwave).
Actually, you can see I made this illustration before Modeler was released! Good old graph paper and clockwise poly patching here! It wasn’t until Modeler came out in 1990 when I ditched the graph paper and started working on my first real cartoon.