Microscopic Virus Effect (Jonathan Williamson)

A magically great video, covering more than materials and texture, but while you will be thankful for the modeling tips and compositing, you will love the video for improving your materials and texture adjustment abilites. (Which usually is not that fun to learn, but the "simple" shape of the virus and the magic effect will make playing towards muscle and other memory of complex controls - joyful. Which improves the effect ;)

See it on blendercookie