It's late now... I reported my findings to the team, and we've been working like fiends to try to replicate the effect.
So now, its been confirmed that the Involvium Energy did manifest my little flying creature from the page. We've tested it a few times. Our engineer would draw something, pass a current through the involvium so that it released energy through the lens...
And whatever was there would manifest on the island. Some small things, like my creature, would be quick. A couple of hours at the most. Some of the larger items, they are still manifesting. Growing outward from the motes of involvium sparks that float about the island like ephemeral ghosts of fireflies.
Was it the drawings themselves? No. We wrote words on the papers, too. And what they said were manifest when exposed to the energy focused by the crystal. It seems an expression of our will is all that is necessary... something that focuses our intent.
As for my little creature, he stays with me. I feel like Prospero... controlling elemental forces I don't understand. So I've named my little "it" Caliban. Hopefully, he'll have a better temperament than his literary namesake. Of course, Prospero's darker nature conjured spirits he couldn't control... I worry about that too.
Our little island camp is now populated with our dreams, with more being born every hour. I know I've been sounding positively literary the last post or two... I guess the events of the last while have temporarily taken my snark-generator offline.
Trish, is this world of dreams and possibility what you have found?