In June of 2014, I had an odd dream about a telescope-type machine. A series of three lenses set into tubes attached to brackets and supporting struts, the mirror didn’t show faraway objects. It showed a person how the world looked according to both how the world saw the person looking through the lens and how the person felt about the world. In making some quick sketches of the machine upon waking (when the name World Mirror pulsed incessantly in my head), I returned to the sketches in September of 2014 to focus on one of the lens-support brackets, and set about rendering the image here, completed in 24 hours.
The bracket (a stylization of the letters ‘W’ and ‘M’ set one on top of the other) was drawn freehand, first in pencil then ink. I then split the image into two components—a solid silhouette and an angular wire-frame—and filled each with texture before overlaying one on the other and playing with shading and shadow effects. The background image is a stylized original photo taken of Sauble Beach, Ont. The central mirror was added as an AutoShape, filled with textures and outlined roughly to blend with the freehand portion of the piece. The inset mirror letters ‘W’ and ‘M’ were rendered as semi-transparencies at the suggestion of my brother, and I think the suggestion was a good one. As the letters tended to dominate the piece when set at zero transparency, the fadedness lent the mirror a suitable quality of mystery, just like the bracket at the ink-outline stage.
After the wire-frame drawing had been inked, my brother and I both amusedly noticed how the curved lines of the bracket resembled a Viking helmet with long horns. So as part of the accompanying thumbnails showing some of the image’s developmental stages, I included a rendering of the graphic as it might appear as a sports logo for a fictitious football team called the Wellington Warriors. Overall, though, I came away feeling the World Mirror (as transmutable as it seemed) was more suited as a logo and/or cover art for a band.