The Nogard Dragon has the remarkable ability that it is able to pass through mirrors. It is not easy to catch the dragon in the act of doing so. The reason is that the animal likes to spend most of its time "on the other side". It is not known what it does there because we cannot get there. Of course, we can send one of our mirror images. But, like our shadows, our reflections are not very bright and have sofar not been of any use in attempts to track this mysterious beast.
Many people wonder what our strangely coloured friend does on these rare occasions when it is on our side. It makes me blush just to think about it. Everyone should discover this on their own. All you need is a reasonably sized mirror, and patience. Lots of patience. Place the mirror on a flat surface, sit very still and stare at it for a long, long time.
Technical details This image has been generated using the POVRay raytracer. I created the original scene more than ten years ago, and recently decided to created a higher resolution image. In doing so, I fixed a few bugs (I noticed that the dragon's feet were not actually touching the floor and that it also crushed the glasses beneath one of its feet) and made a few other cosmetic changes (most notably, all shadows now have soft borders).
Note: No post-processing has taken place to make the illustion work. This is the 3D scene as it is rendered by the raytracer. "How can this be?" you may wonder. That's a good question indeed.
Thanks. In a way you get the nice spherical reflections for free when using ray-tracing as a technique to generate the images. However, that's also the difficulty. The reflection physics are as they are and reflect in a wide range of directions. This creates a few challenges to achieve the illusion, as you might imagine.
I don't think I considered making what's now a dragon's tail a tentacle when I originally made the image. It would definitely give the image a much more ominous feel. I quite like the idea . Given that it should not be too much effort, I will probably make a variant of this image with a tentacle instead. Thanks for the suggestion!
The reflections are so perfect and true to color, they're like giant water droplets. That alone seems magical, in a gravity-defying way. The creative way you captured the dragon in several reflections, including accurate spherical abberation, without showing more than the tip of its tale subtly resting in the real world, was very creative and well-planned. Did ray-tracer help with the spherical distortion?
Thanks for kind words . Yes, the ray-tracer definitely helps with the spherical distortion. It does a perfect job calculating these and other reflections. So that's easy. The difficult bit in this case, however, is to create the illusion in spite of these perfect reflections. There's quite a bit of trickery involved to make the illusion work . All is not quite as it seems...
Ah well, your loss. It's really an interesting create to behold, the Nogard Dragon. Furthermore, don't be afraid that it thinks that you're narcistic. It doesn't see the mirror at all. Just lock the room to make sure nobody else sees you...