The Work

This is my lettering piece inspired by the song "Man In The Mirror", with the image from Cottonbro Studio.

The Inspiration 

Despite our different music tastes, my family and I can always agree on one artist—Michael Jackson. One of my most cherished memories is singing his music in the car together.

"Man in The Mirror" is a personal favorite of mine. Its message of taking charge of our lives and actions resonates with me. That's why I decided to create a lettering piece featuring the lyrics. 

I'm starting with the man in the mirror 
I'm asking him to change his ways 
No message could've been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make the change

The Process

I knew a mirror had to be incorporated into the design, but it was challenging to visualize without a reference image. After some sketching, I decided to find a suitable image before finalizing the composition.

I had three options to choose from.

First option
First option

The first one was great, but the lighting would be too distracting.

The Second Option
The Second Option

The second one resembled MJ's iconic pose, but the mirror wasn't prominent enough for the self-reflection theme.

The Third Option
The Third Option

The last one was my pick, with enough space for the lyrics and a clear self-reflection vibe. 

Choosing the lettering styles was the final step, and I'm quite pleased with the result, considering it only took me less than two hours to complete.

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