This image was created for the CGSociety's twenty-second CGChallenge. Entrants were instructed to create an image inspired by David Brin's "Uplift Universe" books showing human-extraterrestrial interaction. This image was modelled with Wings 3D 0.99.01, sculpted and textured with ZBrush 3.1, composed in Softimage XSI 6.5 (a free version provided for the contest), and rendered with mental ray. The hair on the alien hand was done with Softimage, while that on the human hand was created with Maya 7.0's paint effects and exported to Softimage as geometry. The background was created with Apophysis 2.07. Final compositing, retouching, and colour correction was carried out in Adobe Photoshop CS.